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Deranged: Confessions of a Necrophile (1974)

Deranged (original title)
A deranged rural farmer becomes a grave robber and murderer after the death of his possessive mother, whose corpse he keeps, among others, as his companion in a decaying farmhouse.

Directors:

Jeff Gillen, Alan Ormsby

Writer:

Alan Ormsby (original screenplay)
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Cast

Complete credited cast:
Roberts Blossom ... Ezra Cobb
Cosette Lee ... Ma Cobb
Leslie Carlson ... Tom Sims
Robert Warner Robert Warner ... Harlon Kootz
Marcia Diamond Marcia Diamond ... Jenny Kootz
Brian Smeagle Brian Smeagle ... Brad Kootz
Arlene Gillen Arlene Gillen ... Miss Johnson
Robert McHeady Robert McHeady ... Sheriff
Marian Waldman ... Maureen Selby (as Marion Waldman)
Jack Mather Jack Mather ... Drunk
Micki Moore ... Mary
Pat Orr ... Sally
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Storyline

A man living in rural Wisconsin takes care of his bed-ridden mother, who is very domineering and teaches him that all women are evil. After she dies he misses her, so a year later he digs her up and takes her home. He learns about taxidermy and begins robbing graves to get materials to patch her up, and inevitably begins looking for fresher sources of materials. Based closely on the true story of Ed Gein. Written by Ed Sutton <esutton@mindspring.com>

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Pretty Sally Mae died a very unnatural death! ... But the worst hasn't happened to her yet! DERANGED ... confessions of a necrophile

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Drama | Horror | Thriller

Certificate:

R | See all certifications »

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Country:

Canada | USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

February 1974 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Deranged: Confessions of a Necrophile See more »

Filming Locations:

Enniskillen, Ontario, Canada See more »

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Budget:

$200,000 (estimated)
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Technical Specs

Runtime:

(uncut)

Sound Mix:

Mono

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Trivia

Jeff Gillen came up with the idea for the narrator in the film. See more »

Goofs

As Sally Mae begs Ezra not to shoot her, the actress is obviously smiling before Ezra lowers his gun. See more »

Quotes

[explaining his deer-hunting philosophy]
Harlon Kootz: If we didn't shoot em, they'd just starve to death.
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Alternate Versions

The MGM Double Feature DVD left out at least one scene of Ezzra Cobb scouping out a corpse's brains with an ice cream scoop. See more »

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You can say that again! ...DeR@nG€d!!
3 February 2006 | by CoventrySee all my reviews

Oh yeah! This is what us genre fans like to call a REAL horror film! "Deranged" is shocking, insensitive, cold-hearted and features a 'you-don't-like-it-go-to-hell'-honesty you can't possibly walk away from! This is the pretty damn factual, and therefore hugely disturbing, reconstruction of the case of Wisconsin serial killer Ed Gein. This guy was crazier and far more dangerous than any fictional horror character could ever be and therefore he was a nearly endless source of inspiration for independent filmmakers who wanted to bring a horrific tale. "Deranged" appears to be very cheap and amateurish, but it's one of the rare films in which the low budget production values actually contribute in making the story more grim and realistic! Ed Gein really was a poor and simple-minded farmer who went absolutely berserk after the death of his beloved mother and he refused to accept her passing away by replacing her with cadavers that he kept in his house. The characters' names have been altered, as well as the timing of the story, but Ezra Cobb's actual crimes are frighteningly truthful and portrayed with a chilling eye for detail. The film's biggest trump is unquestionably the casting of the rather unknown actor Roberts Blossom whose impressive and straight-faced performance will make you more than once wonder whether he isn't a real madman! Other aspects that definitely increase the creepiness are the constant funeral music that guides the film and the colorless, depressing set pieces. "Deranged" is not a total gorefest (mainly due to the lack in budget) but the murders are nonetheless explicitly illustrated and quite bloody. Strangely enough, the film's devastating tone is regularly undercut with brilliant flashes of morbid black humor, like Ezra's encounter with an overweight widow who talks to her deceased husband. In short, "Deranged" is a typically 70's cult treasure that should be watched by every horror fan on this planet.


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