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Criminally Insane (1975)

An obese woman recently released from an insane asylum kills anyone who attempts to get her to stop eating.

Director:

Nick Millard (as Nick Philips)

Writer:

Nick Millard (screenplay) (as Nick Philips)
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Cast

Cast overview:
Priscilla Alden ... Ethel Janowski
Michael Flood Michael Flood ... John
Jane Lambert Jane Lambert ... Mrs. Janowski
Robert Copple Robert Copple
George 'Buck' Flower ... Detective (as C.L. Lefleur)
Ginna Martine Ginna Martine ... Mrs. Kendley (as Gina Martine)
Cliff McDonald Cliff McDonald ... Dr. Gerard
Charles Egan Charles Egan ... Drunk Man
Sonny La Rocca Sonny La Rocca
Sandra Shotwell Sandra Shotwell ... Nurse
Lisa Farros Lisa Farros ... Rosalie
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After her doctors declare her ready to return to society, Ethel leaves the psychiatric hospital and goes to live with her grandmother. She soon develops a few odd habits, in particular a insatiable compulsion to eat massive amounts of food. When grandma locks away the food supply out of fear for her granddaughter's health, Ethel kills her for the keys to the pantry. Left to her own devices, she now indulges her hunger non-stop, murdering anyone who dares to stand in her way. Will anyone be able to put a stop to her? Written by Jean-Marc Rocher <rocher@fiberbit.net>

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She's 250 Pounds of Maniacal Fury!

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Horror | Thriller

Certificate:

R | See all certifications »

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

1975 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Crazy Fat Ethel See more »

Filming Locations:

Oakland, California, USA See more »

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Budget:

$30,000 (estimated)
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I.R.M.I. Films See more »
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Color
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Trivia

Filming took five weeks in the Spring of 1973. See more »

Goofs

As Ethel stabs the delivery boy with a piece of the broken bottle, it's obvious that she's slapping it on the wound area and that no gore sounds accompany it. Plus, there's clearly a large blood stain on the kid's shirt - which would've taken some time to form. See more »

Quotes

Ethel Janowski: [after putting her grandmother's body in a laundry bag and dragging it down the hall] Hey Granny, if you stink the worst you have to be first.
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Featured in Criminally Insane 2 (1987) See more »

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Don't mess with Crazy Fat Ethel.
27 July 2010 | by HumanoidOfFleshSee all my reviews

Fat Ethel Janowski enjoys eating a lot.After staying in an asylum and having electro shocks therapy Ethel is released to live with her grandmother.Ethel wants to eat and her grandma tries to stop Ethel's eating habits.Ethel murders her grandmother with a kitchen knife and she can eat peacefully as much as she wants.In the meantime more murders take place.Technically crude,raw and suitably unsettling cult psycho-slasher about murderous obese woman.The gore effects are lame,the blood looks like a red paint,but the central performance of Priscilla Alden is great.I haven't seen the sequel of "Criminally Insane" or "Death Nurse" movies,but someday I will.8 out of 10.Don't mess with Crazy Fat Ethel.She will butcher you with meat cleaver and eat your tasty flesh.


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