Criminally Insane - Movie Reviews - Rotten Tomatoes

Criminally Insane Reviews

Page 1 of 1
March 3, 2013
Criminally Insane is the best movie I've seen by Nick Millard so far. The sequel is awful and is also included in this set.
½ November 19, 2012
This movie is horrendous, but since it's that bad, it's actually pretty funny when you think about it.
April 16, 2010
Given the synopsis, one might assume this to be some self-consciously cheesy Troma-type thing. Fortunately, though, it takes its preposterous premise mostly seriously. The miserable, homely characters and relentlessly drab interiors remind me of S.F. Brownrigg's excellent films. Alden's performance is brilliant.
October 8, 2009
Ethel Janowski (Priscilla Allen) comes into the care of her grandmother (Jane Lambert) after an extended stay at a mental hospital. Ethel shows no interest in watching her weight and eats insatiably. Concerned for Ethel?s health and the household budget, her grandmother locks away all of the food and tells Ethel she will only ration food to her as she sees fit. This greatly angers Ethel and she kills her grandmother in a rage. Ethel eats as she pleases and even kills the grocery boy to get more food. She stores the bodies in her grandmother?s room. She may have very well been left alone if her trick turning cousin hadn?t shown up and started getting suspicious of Ethel?s behavior.

Despite the low budget and so-so acting of Criminally Insane, this film stands up pretty well as a unique kind of slasher film where the slasher in question is more complex than your Jason Vorhees or Michael Meyers. The director also seems to take care in establishing some very interesting shots and focuses on the storytelling aspects of those shots. The characters are a little flat but their flatness lends to the story in how it gives a sense of quiet and isolation, which is the way Ethel lives her life and would prefer it to stay. The action and violence creep along the way the plot does to this film which enhances the overall quirkiness of it.
June 10, 2009
Imagine if John Waters was to make a horror movie! You like the idea, huh? Well, the closest thing we'll ever get to that would have to be Criminally Insane, a ridiculously cheap, gritty, grainy AND funny horror tale. Despite the obvious low budget, the performances are spirited and the script is far better than average. The gore is freakishly bright red almost like red paint, which keep the film from being too ghoulish.

It's not for all tastes, but if you enjoy 70's exploitation and dark comedy, you might want to give it a chance. At just a little over an hour, you won't be wasting too much of your time.
May 14, 2009
You know how fat people eating is grosser than most gore scenes in any movie? Well, if you don't then this movie will prove it to you. Really funny premise, MOrbidly obese woman goes on a murder spree because her grandma locks her food away from her. Kills anyone in the way of food
½ November 1, 2008
One of a kind, demented, hilarious, and outright offensive! "Crazy Fat Ethel" is released from "the nuthouse" and kills he grandma cause she won't let her eat five boxes of twinkies every morning. 400 lb. Ethel (IQ=80) then goes on a killing rampage to prevent anyone else from keeing her from the refrigerator, including her hooker sister and the sister's cokehead boyfriend plus assorted suspicious neighbors and of course, the grocery delivery guy... Classic.
October 31, 2008
"i want my key"
ughhhhh they made two of these ???
Super Reviewer
August 8, 2008
A large women is released from the mental hospital. Shortly after (roughly 5 minutes), she goes on a killing spree (off and on for about 54 minutes), then there's 2 minutes of credits.
Yah, this film is a bit over an hour. Short, sweet, ridiculous... AMAZING.
May 15, 2008
Crazy Fat Ethel will kill anyone who gets in the way of her refrigerator in this low-budget gem from 1973. Grimy, gritty, bloody, and depressing. I love this flick!!
May 1, 2008
I wasn't alive in the 70's. But this movie evoked a powerful sense within me, a certitude that the period was just as it is portrayed in this film.
Page 1 of 1