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½ October 7, 2012
A great movie that is closet to the true story of ed gein.
½ September 30, 2012
The story of infamous serial killer Ed Gein has been told on film many times before, most notably in "The Texas Chainsaw Massacre" and "Psycho". The low budget film "Deranged" tells the same man's story but was released by American International Pictures, so you pretty much know what you're in for here.

The remarkable thing is that the first half of the movie is unintentionally hilarious, and I fell in love with it almost immediately. Roberts Blossom gives what could be the most memorable performance os his career as Ezra Robb. It's demented and hysterical, sometimes at the same time. Still, my favorite actor in the film was Leslie Carlson as the narrator. He pops up from time to time to intone serious plot details in a wonderfully serious monotone. Every drive-in movie from the '70's should be so lucky to have him.

There is actually one unnerving scene in which a waitress stumbles into Blossom's room of horror and discovers him in his flesh suit. It legitimately works, and from that scene forward the film becomes more serious. I actually found myself involved in this story rather than simply laughing at the campy acting and silly dialogue. I honestly began to make the movie seriously, and it builds to a climax that is frankly kind of suspenseful.

The make-up effects by a young Tom Savini shows promise, and "Deranged" is something of a mixed bag that is ultimately worth watching. It's funny, sometimes creepy and always oddly captivating.
September 15, 2012
woah. This one is amazing. Aside from having Alan "Children shouldn't play with dead things" Ormsby so involved, plus an amazing performance from Roberts Blossom, there is so much authentic grit that there is no way it could fail. Low on gore, but high on creep and brutal, plus really excellent locations and cinematography, Deranged has a real horrid sense about it. Even the "narrator" seems to work, oddly enough.
½ August 14, 2012
What can I say.. this film is deranged!
½ August 6, 2012
A great horror flick. A well acted and gruesome classic.
July 27, 2012
How many ways can we retell the story of Ed Gein? Let me count the ways: Psycho, The Texas Chainsaw Massacre, The Silence of the Lambs, and the oft-forgotten Deranged. Deranged probably has most in common with Chainsaw Massacre albeit without the extreme gore and violence. Deranged is a subtler but no less unsettling film that combines humor and horror together into an unforgettable exploitation classic that features an aesthetic as seedy as its subject matter.
July 23, 2012
Ed Gein has been the subject of many famous horror films and here we have a very accurate portrayal of his insanity. Perhaps, it's the closest to what he was actually like. That said, it all falls a bit flat. The acting is decent and there are some creepy moments that borderline on psychotic so it's worth checking out if you're a fan of this character. For average horror fans though, it's all a bit dull.
½ June 9, 2012
Not for everybody.. This decent retelling of the ED Gein story is a slow burn that takes awhile and features great acting by character actor Roberts Blossom
½ January 3, 2012
Interesting and worth watching.
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January 1, 2012
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.
October 15, 2011
This film starts off saying it is entirely true and only the names have been changed. Well of the many times that has been used this is probably the turest.

Based on Ed Gein and his murders/life this film isn't 100% accurate but gets most of it right and Roberts Blossum in the lead role is superb.

Well worth a watch as an old school horror film or a semi historical psychopath film.

Interestingly the Producer Tom Karr was a concert promoter, much of the funds came from profit off concerts by acts such as Led Zepplin, Rod Stewart, and the Temptations.
October 2, 2011
Very grim and frightening at times, but darkly humorous in the same light.
½ September 1, 2011
A decent film inspired by the murders committed by Ed Gein (Who also inspired Psycho, The Texas Chainsaw Massacre, and Silence Of The Lambs). While the film has pacing problems and I didn't like the narrator's presence since it seemed like he stripped part of the film's mood with his unwanted character, Deranged is still a good film that is both creepy and disturbing which will make the viewer's skin crawl at certain points because this film definitely doesn't play around with the subject of murder. This is probably the closest to an accurate film about Ed Gein's crimes though and it is worth seeing at least once.
July 30, 2011
Ezra loves his mommy so much that when she dies, he can't bear to leave her in the cold ground so he digs up her dead body and brings her home. I was amazed that she had skin on her face because he dug her up a year after she died. So Ezra tries to make her some skin with wax and then with plastic wrap but it doesn't work so he digs up dead bodies to give mommy some real skin. It was gross and really stupid too. Then Ezra moves on to kill real women for their skin. I couldn't believe that no one noticed that the bodies were missing in the cemetery. I would have at least had a police officer around that area during the night. No one notices anything strange about Ezra and when he talks about having the dead bodies at his house, his friend just laughs. I wouldn't laugh at all but look at him and wonder what he was. It was just a really bad movie.
June 12, 2011
A morbid vision for a boring sunday
April 11, 2011
Something about films based on true events always ads to the disturbance provided.
February 25, 2011
Filmed in Toronto, awesome gore, typical 1970s horror film.
Fucking amazing. Big thanks to Torin for showing me this.
½ February 15, 2011
I think the problem with me watching this film is I've watched it years too late. American Horror has pretty much milked the story of Ed Gein as much as they can and that's pretty much what this story is. Robert Blossom was dame creepy in this film and made me want to search out more of his work. Other than that the news reporter effect was cool. Too bad I hadn't seen this earlier I may have liked it better?
½ January 30, 2011
If not hampered by such a low budget Deranged could have been something really special; as it is it's pretty good. I found it to be darkly funny & I hope that it was intended to be a black comedy. Another take on the Ed Gein legend Roberts Blossom is great even if everyone else is sorta throw away except for that old drunk in the tavern who loves that waitress's sugar boobies & wants to jump on that action. It's too bad when you get old that it just sorta lays there like a piece of dead meat as you gawk on. I have been thinking of remakes this weekend as I watch movies (which is strange for me because I usually hate remakes) but I think Deranged should be remade but as a musical. I think it would make its dark comedy shine through & I think the world is in need of a good necrophilia musical
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