Deranged (1974)

Deranged (1974)

Deranged (1974) Rating:

  • Dylan = 8.5 / 10;

Deranged (1974) Synopsis:

A demented man digs up the corpse of his mum as well as many other corpses in order to fix her up and decorate his house.

Deranged Story

“Deranged” tells the story of Erza Cobb (Robert Blossom) a small-time farmer who is unable to cope with his mother’s death. In order to stay close to her, he digs up her corpse and takes it home. He soon realizes that his mother’s corpse is in bad need of repairs, so he resorts to grave-robbing in order to rekindle her timeless beauty. Unfortunately, the results are not long lasting and the supply of corpses in the graveyard is slowly dwindling. So he resorts to an easier method to meeting his sick needs, murder.

Ever wonder what inspired Normen Bates, Leatherface, and Buffalo Bill? Well look no further, it was the one and only Ed Gein, American first media serial killer. Robert Blossom is outstanding in the role of Ezra, slickly sliding into the believable shell of this macabre murderer. Tom Karr’s chilling cinematography mixed with Tom Savini’sgenius make this the most accurate telling of the Ed Gein’s legend. A low-budget horror movie that is a must see for any true horror fan.

Deranged (1974) Review:

Deranged is based on the life of Edward Gein, a serial killer who robbed corpses from graveyards and would use their skin and bones to use and decorate around his house. Many horror villains has been inspired by him to a certain degree, such as Norman Bates from Psycho, Leatherface from The Texas Chain Saw Massacre and Hannibal Lectern from The Silence of the Lambs.

In this version Ed Gein is portrayed by Roberts Blossom and out of the many versions of Ed Gein, this is the most realistic depiction of the serial killer that I’ve seen. Roberts Blossom really steals the show when it comes to portraying the serial killer.


The film is gruesome and quite disturbing, especially for the 70’s, but as far as other versions of Ed Gein go, this is the most realistic and factual of the bunch. It goes in to the details of his life and gives a good insight into why he is the way that he is.

I highly recommend for those interested in serial killers and old school exploitation.

Deranged (1974) Cast:

Roberts BlossomRoberts BlossomEzra Cobb
Cosette LeeCosette LeeMa Cobb
Leslie CarlsonLeslie CarlsonTom Sims
Robert WarnerRobert WarnerHarlon Kootz
Marcia DiamondMarcia DiamondJenny Kootz
Brian SmeagleBrian SmeagleBrad Kootz
Arlene GillenArlene GillenMiss Johnson
Robert McHeadyRobert McHeadySheriff
Marian WaldmanMarian WaldmanMaureen Selby (as Marion Waldman)
Jack MatherJack MatherDrunk
Micki MooreMicki MooreMary
Pat OrrPat OrrSally

 

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