Deranged

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Deranged Overview

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.

Who Stars in Deranged

Roberts Blossom
Ezra Cobb

Roberts Blossom

Cosette Lee
Ma Cobb

Cosette Lee

Leslie Carlson
Tom Sims

Leslie Carlson

Robert Warner
Harlon Kootz

Robert Warner

Marcia Diamond
Jenny Kootz

Marcia Diamond

Brian Smeagle
Brad Kootz

Brian Smeagle


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Review for Deranged

Author: John Chard

Mama? Mama? Deranged is brought to us by Alan Ormsby and Jeff Gillen. It's a telling of the Ed Gein story, the Plainfield Ghoul who in the 1950s shocked small town Americana to its very core. The names have been changed to, protect, well no that's not true, it's a product of its time is why, but this is an Ed Gein film, and it's a troubling and worthy piece of art in equal measure. Certain instances have been spruced up for poetic licence, but the core essence of Gein and his madness exists wholesale. Roberts Blossom plays Gein (as Ezra Cobb), a man so tied to his mama's apron strings that when she leaves the mortal coil he refuses to acknowledge said fact. Cue grave robbing, morbid scenario settings and murder. Operating on a low budget, Gillen and Ormsby do a sterling job of not letting their film come off as cheap exploitation. Tom Savini's effects work is a little crude when viewed now (he would become a legend in his field soon afterwards), but this unfurls in stylish and professional manner. With great acting by Blossoms, nifty camera work, a dark sense of humour and a chilling underplaying of key scenes leading the way, this is a fine entry in the serial killer movie pantheon. 7/10


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Production

American International Pictures (AIP)

Karr International Pictures


Facts

Status
Released

Release Date
1974-02-02

Original Language
English

Runtime
1 hr 23 mins

Budget
$ 200,000.00 (Estimated)

Genres
Crime Horror Thriller

Keywords
wisconsin necrophilia murder serial killer reporter dead mother violence cannibal incest farmer psychotic


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