Deranged (1974)

Deranged

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Robert Bloch's Psycho was based on the grisly "career" of Ed Gein, a crazed Wisconsin farmer who murdered elderly women and robbed graves so that he could fashion lampshades, clothing, and household decorations from the corpses' skins. Gein also inspired several other horror flicks, Texas Chainsaw Massacre among them. 1974's Deranged, wherein the Gein character is renamed Ezra Cobb, sticks closer to the facts of the original case than most other derivations. His psyche twisted by his … More

Rating: R
Genre: Horror, Mystery & Suspense, Classics, Comedy
Directed By: ,
Written By: Alan Ormsby
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as Ezra Cobb

as Ma Cobb

as Narrator

as Tom Sims

as Harlon Kootz

as Jenny Kootz

as Brad kootz

as Maureen Selby

as Mary Ransom

as Sally Peterson

as Miss Johnson
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Critic Reviews for Deranged

All Critics (5) | Top Critics (1)

Full Review… | January 26, 2006
Time Out
Top Critic

Offers a top-drawer performance by Roberts Blossom.

Full Review… | July 6, 2010
eFilmCritic.com

Wanders and meanders and often threatens to roll to a complete stop - yet Roberts Blossom's inherent creepiness keeps things at least minimally compelling.

Full Review… | August 16, 2003
Apollo Guide

August 10, 2005
EmanuelLevy.Com

Full Review… | January 9, 2003
Filmcritic.com

Audience Reviews for Deranged

Unique but ultimately unsatisfying, Deranged is one of those films that could have been truly good. Unfortunately the film takes too much time to get to the point. The idea for this film came from the Ed Gein case, unfortunately there's little substance or substance to the story and potentially good horror film ends up being mediocre. There's a good story at work here, unfortunately the director doesn't how to properly deliver it, and the film falls flat, and becomes uninteresting after the first thirty minutes. Robert Blossom is good here; unfortunately his skills can't save this film from being a dud. Deranged is fairly overrated as a forgotten gem, but I beg to differ. This film just didn't cut it, and was pretty boring to be honest. I had high hopes for this film, and I expected something really good, unfortunately this film was a disappointing effort, and actually should be forgotten in my opinion. The film could have been good, unfortunately there are too many aspects of the film that just doesn't feel right, and the actual terrifying bits are more silly than suspenseful and scary. The film is disturbing because of the nature of its story, but it lacks substance. Deranged is a big disappointment and though there's a good performance delivered by Robert Blossom, it's not enough to make this film watchable. Deranged is mostly a tired out film with nothing truly terrifying. Disturbing, but never quite chilling or memorable.

TheDudeLebowski65
Alex roy

Super Reviewer

½

Deranged: Confessions of a Necrophile is the best movie based on real life serial killer Ed Gein. It's even better than "In the Light of the Moon (2000)" which is also based on Ed Gein and is in fact more accurate (I do not consider "The Texas Chainsaw Massacre" to be an accurate account on Gein...not even close). Deranged comes second closest to being true to it's source (with only a few facts changed around). Even so it still remains the best, essentially for it's performances (mostly by Roberts Blossom - who convincingly plays Ed Gein so damn well it's creepy) and for it's subtle, but eerily mournful score. Watching Roberts Blossom (who goes by the name Ezra Cobb, not Ed Gein) is like watching the real thing and makes you wonder if this is how Gein really was. Truthfully, I wouldn't doubt it for a second. Entering the darkness and loneliness of Ezra's world is as cold as a winter's day and just as scary as the monster who inspired his name. We're exposed to the horrific actualities of the Gein case and slowly watch the reconstruction of the infamous "House of Horrors". It's a movie for those interested in "true crime" films, as well as fans of the horror genre. Deranged is a true gem from the 70's not well known to an audience...but definitely deserves one. It's a fantastic little docudrama, as well as a great horror film. Like I said before - it's the best movie based on Ed Gein. Highly recommended to fans of this sort.

creepfreak
jd cryptic

Super Reviewer

Oh yeah! This is what us genre fans like to call a REAL horror film! "Deranged" is shocking, insensitive, cold-hearted and features a 'you-don't-like-it-go-to-hell'-honesty you can't possibly walk away from! This is the pretty damn factual, and therefore hugely disturbing, reconstruction of the case of Wisconsin serial killer Ed Gein. This guy was crazier and far more dangerous than any fictional horror character could ever be and therefore he was a nearly endless source of inspiration for independent filmmakers who wanted to bring a horrific tale. "Deranged" appears to be very cheap and amateurish, but it's one of the rare films in which the low budget production values actually contribute in making the story more grim and realistic! Ed Gein really was a poor and simple-minded farmer who went absolutely berserk after the death of his beloved mother and he refused to accept her passing away by replacing her with cadavers that he kept in his house. The characters' names have been altered, as well as the timing of the story, but Ezra Cobb's actual crimes are frighteningly truthful and portrayed with a chilling eye for detail. The film's biggest trump is unquestionably the casting of the rather unknown actor Roberts Blossom whose impressive and straight-faced performance will make you more than once wonder whether he isn't a real madman! Other aspects that definitely increase the creepiness are the constant funeral music that guides the film and the colorless, depressing set pieces. "Deranged" is not a total gorefest (mainly due to the lack in budget) but the murders are nonetheless explicitly illustrated and quite bloody. Strangely enough, the film's devastating tone is regularly undercut with brilliant flashes of morbid black humor, like Ezra's encounter with an overweight widow who talks to her deceased husband. In short, "Deranged" is a typically 70's cult treasure that should be watched by every horror fan on this planet.

matertenebraum
Cassandra Maples

Super Reviewer

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