Deranged (1974)

Canada, USA,
78m (USA), 79m 49s (UK (1975)), 82m 37s (UK – video (PAL))
35mm film, colour
mono, English

A Canadian/American horror film directed by Jeff Gillen and Alan Ormsby.

Plot Summary

Ezra Cobb lives in a remote rural Wisconsin town, his life dominated by his bed-ridden mother. When she dies, Ezra exhumes her corpse and takes it home, robbing graves to find parts to patch up her corpse as it begins to fall apart.


Directed by: Jeff Gillen, Alan Ormsby
© MCMLXXIV [1974] American International Pictures, Inc.
Karr International Pictures presents. An American International release
Produced by: Tom Karr
Original Screenplay: Alan Ormsby
Director of Photography: Jack McGowan
Music: Carl Zittrer
Sound: Gary Goch
Costumes: Elizabeth Leroy
Make-up: Alan Ormsby, Tom Savini, Jerome Bergson
Art Director: Albert Fisher

Roberts Blossom (Ezra Cobb)
Marion Waldman (Maureen Selby)
Cosette Lee (Ma Cobb)
Micki Moore (Mary)
Robert Warner (Harlan Kootz)
Pat Orr (Sally)
Marcia Diamond (Jenny Kootz)
Leslie Carlson (narrator [Tom Sims])
Brian Smeagle (Brad Kootz)
Arlene Gillen (Miss Johnson)
Robert McHeady (sheriff)
Jack Mather (drunk)

Alternative Titles

Besessen – West Germany
Ondska bortom alla gränser – Sweden

Extracts included in
Dusk to Dawn Drive-In Trash-o-Rama Show Vol. 3 (1996)
Mad Ron's Prevues from Hell (1987)

See also
Motel Hell (1980)
Psycho (1960)
The Texas Chain Saw Massacre (1974)
Three on a Meathook (1972)



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