Deranged (1974)

Deranged (1974, CDN/USA) C-82m. ** D: Alan Ormsby, Jeff Gillen. Starring Roberts Blossom, Cosette Lee, Leslie Carlson, Robert Warner, Marcia Diamond. Unusual horror film aspiring to be a true-crime semi-documentary. When fifty-something Blossom's mother dies, she leaves him with a hatred for women. His obsessive love for her ultimately drives him to bring her back home from the cemetery - and keep her fresh. Bizarre, uneven account of a man's horrible obsession has alternately chilling, oddly touching sequences and humoresque scenes that do not work. Difficult to watch, definitely not for the squeamish. Might have worked better with a less conventional direction. Reportedly inspired by the same case that served as a basis for PSYCHO (1960) and THE TEXAS CHAIN SAW MASSACRE (1974). Early credit for make-up artist Tom Savini. Aka DERANGED: CONFESSIONS OF A NECROPHILIAC.


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