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Deranged (1987)

R | | Horror | 30 October 1987 (USA)
A woman kills a burglar in self-defense. The experience so unnerves her she begins to imagine that everyone is trying to harm her and begins to kill anybody who comes near her.


Chuck Vincent


Craig Horrall


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Cast overview:
Veronica Hart ... Joyce (as Jane Hamilton)
Jerry Butler ... Frank (as Paul Siederman)
Jennifer Delora Jennifer Delora ... Mary Ann
Jamie Gillis ... Eugene (as James Gillis)
Jill Cumer Jill Cumer ... Mother
Loretta Palma Loretta Palma ... Margaret
John Brett John Brett ... Darren
Jessica Rose Jessica Rose ... Young Mary Ann
Gary Goldman Gary Goldman ... Nick
Harvey Siegel Harvey Siegel ... Dr. Freemont
Franke Cole Franke Cole ... Merrick
Daniel Chapman ... Minister
Bob Fitzpatrick Bob Fitzpatrick ... Valet
Nancy Groff Nancy Groff ... Teacher
Max Hamilton Max Hamilton ... Baby Frankie


Joyce seems to have the perfect life - she lives in a nice apartment with a wealthy husband, is soon going to give birth to a baby boy, and has all the money she'll ever need. But while her husband is away in London on business, Joyce is attacked by a masked intruder, that unleashes within her a frightened little girl, haunted by her "special" relationship with her daddy, and a crazed madwoman who is hungry for revenge. From then on, Joyce's wild hallucinations take over, and she begins to murder anyone and everyone who comes near her, in a violent fit of rage. Written by Anonymous

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The Ultimate Horror Comes From Within.



Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated R for violence, sensuality, language | See all certifications »






Release Date:

30 October 1987 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Enloquecida See more »

Filming Locations:

New York City, New York, USA

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Platinum Pictures (II) See more »
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A sequel was planned but never materialized. See more »


Frank: Joyce, I don't want to fuck you, I want to cut you!
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Deranged?! That's an understatement!
25 November 2005 | by lost-in-limboSee all my reviews

A young pregnant woman is brutally attacked by a mask intruder in her apartment, though she kills him in self-defence, but during the attack she loses her baby. Instead of contacting for help, she acts if it didn't happen. From this moment it causes a downward spiral for her when suddenly she starts losing her mind, with her drifting into fantasy and reality with dire consequences. This emotional trauma brings back many past experiences that come back to haunt her and she starts seeing things that aren't possible.

Soooooooooo, what the heck was that all about it!? Totally screwed up, that's for sure! Yep, I know we're seeing a woman whose mind has snapped, with her hearing voices and seeing things that aren't really there, but gee I was hearing voices in my head too. "Why watch it", "Stop punishing yourself"… *hmm* I'm lucky my subconscious didn't crack while watching this lousy production. Anyhow, this cheaply made film that has shades of "Repulsion" to it, has to be one of the strangest things my eyes have seen, and one the most annoying things my ears had to go through. It's all about confusion and noise! Why's that? Well, it just didn't add up at all and there's some things in the senseless story, ah what story, which eventuate into pointless excuses to stage bizarre and ridiculously stupid scenarios. These crumby moments were more nightmarish and infuriating for the viewer, than our victim. Just like the woman is in the film, it's a painfully messed up production. We find out that she had some medical problem before she goes wacko, is she a schizophrenic? Who knows? Because we don't. And how something like this could really go unnoticed by family and close people for days after recent visits, goes beyond me. It's just pretty hard to believe. And what's deal with the ending? Is it implying something about what we've seen. Uh, don't try to understand it, because you won't. If you do, gee I must of totally missed the point.

Sure, it's pure schlock, but it's hardly enjoyable on any level. How can you enjoy a film when the irritating score just comes across as a whole lotta' noise and the same goes for the pitiful sound effects. The daggish cast of no-names were rather inept (with the exception of Veronica Hart in the traumatic lead role) and so was the dreadfully loopy dialogue. Because of it's small budget most of the film except for the intro and ending, takes place in only a couple of rooms in a apartment building. It's like a stage show. The small amount of nasty surprises of blood and a few haunting shock effects were done rather nicely. Decent make-up work was provided. While, everything else was basically off the rocker, the camera work was handled in a rather flat manner. I love my unusually twisted films, but boredom just kicked in way too early. Maybe it would've work out better as a short film?

I see through the other comments, I'm in a real small minority. Anyhow, this baffling and truly out-there mix was a real chore to sit through.

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