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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
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Brian Smegal ... Brad Kootz
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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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Taglines:

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

Genres:

Drama | Horror | Thriller

Certificate:

R | See all certifications »

Parents Guide:

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Details

Country:

Canada

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

The films theme music is an instrumental version of an old religious hymn called 'The Old Rugged Cross'. See more »

Goofs

When Ezra is feeding Ma Cobb, she begins spewing blood from her mouth and nose. She turns her head slightly, and you can see the tube where the blood is coming out of. 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 UK cinema version was heavily cut for gore and violence, and the 1998 Exploited video release was cut by 18 secs by the BBFC to remove shots of bloodstained breasts from the gutting of a woman's body during the climax of the film. The 2013 UK blu-ray release by Arrow is the full uncut version, with all previous BBFC cuts waived. See more »

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Referenced in Adjust Your Tracking (2013) See more »

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User Reviews

When the movie ends, the terror just begins!
6 October 2001 | by chadledwardsSee all my reviews

Based on the diabolical doings of psycho-mama's boy Ed Gein, this film is guaranteed to leave you feeling uneasy for days after viewing. Some images are so horrific that they are fairly certain to haunt your dreams. Character actor Roberts Blossom in his best role ever is chillingly good as the overly devoted son who, not quite all there to begin with, goes completely round the bend when his beloved mother dies. He digs the old lady up, brings her back to the family farm, restores her corpse, and kills an occasional female passerby to keep her company. It's every bit as strange as it sounds. But when it's over, you can't simply shrug it off and say to yourself, "Oh well, it's only a movie", because it's based on the truth. Viewers familiar with the Ed Gein case will note that the filmmakers have, for the most part, stuck close to the facts. It leaves a strong impression, and, to put it mildly, a rather disturbing one. What's truly amazing is that the filmmakers have brought a sense of humor to these gruesome events and it ISN'T offensive. DERANGED is one of the best scary/funny movies I have ever seen. It is most definitely not for children. As for the adults, you"ll just have to take your chances.


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