Deranged is a Canadian/American movie made in 1974 and directed by Alan Ormsby. It is also known as Deranged: Confessions of a Necrophile in the USA. It is a low-budget movie that has since become something of a cult film. It is widely considered to be the most accurate portrayal of Ed Gein's life after his mother died.


Apparently influenced by the true case of Wisconsin serial killer Ed Gein, the movie stars Roberts Blossom as Ezra Cobb, a seriously disturbed man in his fifties who is dominated by his bed-ridden mother.

Cobb, who is evidently a psychopath, begins digging up bodies of women from a local cemetery before progressing to murder. Although the tone of the film is disturbing, like the subject matter, there are occasional glimpses of black comedy. At various points, a narrator delivers an update on what is going on and suggesting to the viewers what horrors will lie ahead, all delivered in an appropriately creepy tone of voice.


  • The film's make-up effects were handled by a team headed by Tom Savini
  • Producer Tom Karr raised the $200,000 for Deranged as a concert promoter for acts such as Led Zeppelin, Three Dog Night, The Temptations and Rod Stewart.

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