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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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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

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 film was banned in Boston due to its overt violent nature. See more »

Goofs

As dead Sally is seen hanging nude, her rib cage is clearly visible. See more »

Quotes

Ma Cobb: Remember what I've always told you: The wages of sin is gonorrhea, syphilis, and 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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Ultimate Creep-Out
16 August 2015 | by dougdoepkeSee all my reviews

What a creep-out. I'll bet even Gein himself would cringe at this. I don't know who Roberts Blossom is, but his slobbering mouth merits some kind of acting award. In my many years of viewing, I've never seen a weirder guy given so much screen time. But then his cadaverous frame and skeletal face are perfect for the role. Based loosely on the demented obsessions of 1950's Ed Gein, the movie really delivers the goods. (So why the disclaimer about no intended relation to persons living or dead, when everything indicates Gein. For legal purposes, I guess.)

The girls may be prettied up, but nothing else is. Those desolate rural settings underline the desolation of Ezra's's state of mind. No wonder he goes nutzoid. Though not played up, the real Gein apparently decorated his house interiors with human skin stolen from graveyards. But then the movie has enough to do with outfitting rotten corpses at the dinner table. And that's the horror-fest's weakest point. The death masks and skin effects are cheaply and poorly done. Then too, I've got mixed feelings about that sadistic chase scene at the end, but I guess they figured a bang-up climax was needed. And they got it, but in a stomach churning way. Surprisingly, this cheapo is very competently made, from the performances to the direction to the photography. All in all, I can see why it's apparently become a cult classic. And, oh yes, I won't be traveling in the woods anytime soon, thank goodness. Nor, for that matter, do I expect to see Blossom in a Hollywood picture book, though he certainly merits it.


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