US theatrical poster
Directed by Alan Ormsby and Jeff Gillen
Produced by Tom Karr(Bob Clark)
Written by Alan Ormsby
Starring Roberts Blossom,
Cosette Lee,
Leslie Carlson,
Robert Warner
Music by Carl Zittrer
Cinematography Jack McGowan
Distributed by American International Pictures
Release date(s) 1974
Running time 82 min.
Country Canada/United States
Language English

Deranged is a Canadian/American horror film made in 1974 and directed by Alan Ormsby and Jeff Gillen. It is also known by the title Deranged: The Confessions of a Necrophile in the USA. It is a low-budget movie that has since become something of a cult film and is based on life of Ed Gein.


Plot summary

Ezra Cobb lives with his mother in an unidentified region of the Midwest. His mother, a religious fanatic, has indoctrinated him since childhood to hate women. Upon her death, Ezra digs her up again, believing that she is still alive.

Ever more deluded each passing day, Ezra digs up various bodies, restoring them from their decomposition and even using them as home decor. Soon, Ezra's obsessions go beyond the dead themselves, and he becomes a serial killer. Luring women into his grasp, he soon finds various other "creative" ways in which to decorate his home.


  • Roberts Blossom as Ezra Cobb
  • Cosette Lee as Amanda Cobb
  • Leslie Carlson as Tom Simms
  • Robert Warner as Harlon Kootz
  • Marcia Diamond as Jenny Kootz
  • Brian Smeagle as Brad Kootz
  • Arlene Gillen as Miss Johnson
  • Robert McHeady as Sheriff
  • Marian Waldman as Maureen Selby
  • Jack Mather as Drunk
  • Micki Moore as Mary Ransum
  • Pat Orr as Sally

DVD releases

In 2002, MGM released Deranged as part of its "Midnite Movies" collection of double feature DVDs. It was released along with the 1980 feature film Motel Hell.

In 2007, Germany released a 30th Anniversary Collector's Edition. The U.S. DVD received a cut R rating, the German version is unrated and uncut, with a brain scooping scene which is cut from the U.S. version, it is also in 1.85:1 anamorphic widescreen, with both an English and German (dubbed) audio track and optional English and German subtitles. The Extras include: Deranged Chronicles - The Making of Deranged, The Ed Gein Story - Documentary, Ed Gein: American Maniac - Documentary, The Making of: Tim Ritter's Creep (an unofficial sequel to Deranged), Original Trailer, Unrated Version Trailer, Teaser Trailer and a 24-page booklet.

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