For the first time on Blu-ray is the Alan Ormsby and Jeff Gillen disturbing cult horror classic Deranged.
Restored and fully uncut for the first time ever, anywhere in the world, horror fans will finally be able to bear witness to the movie’s infamous ‘brain-scooping scene’ in all its glory! Originally released on DVD in 2002, as part of MGM’s “Midnite Movies” collection, this release marks the first time Deranged will be on Blu-ray.
Infamous serial killer Ed Gein has inspired a lot of classic horror films including The Texas Chainsaw Massacre, Psycho and Silence of the Lambs.
Deranged is the story of Ezra Cobb. Ezra is really attached to his mother. A little too attached if you ask me.
Ezra and his mother live in a rural area of the Midwest. Ezra really only has his mother. He doesn’t have too friends or a girlfriend. Since he was a young boy his mom taught him to hate women. I guess that is because she wanted to keep him all to herself.
Ezra’s mom dies, but Ezra doesn’t see her as being dead. So he digs up her body and brings it back home to continue to live with him.
Something must have “snapped” in his mind because he continues to dig up bodies and tries to restore them or turns them into home décor. Similar to The Texas Chainsaw Massacre, Psycho and Silence of the Lambs.
Ezra’s obsession then turns towards living women. He then goes about to capture live women, not only to use as décor but also to keep his dead mother company.
Ezra doesn’t seem as concerned about other people finding out what he’s doing. He’s concerned about what his mother thinks, even though she is dead and rotting away in his home.
Will Ezra continue on his killing spree, or will he eventually be found out? How many women will fall victim to Ezra? To find out you need to pick up a copy of Deranged, now available on Blu-ray where ever movies are sold.
This film was originally made in the mid-70’s, so the special effects are not as realistic by today’s standards. To be honest I don’t think the film really needs any fancy special effects. I think the story it’s self and the impressive performance by Robert Blossoms (Ezra) is what makes it so creepy and disturbing. To think that there was really a person like that (Ed Gein).
This is the type of film that you pop in your Blu-ray player, turn off all the lights, make some popcorn and snuggle up with your special someone. It’s not so much a film that will keep you up all night and afraid of things that go “bump in the night”, but it is entertaining and will make you cringe from time to time.
The Blu-ray also comes with bonus features including a collector’s booklet and reversible sleeve artwork.
High Definition Blu-ray (1080p) and Standard Definition DVD presentation available uncut for the first time.
Optional English SDH subtitles for the deaf and hard of hearing.
Audio commentary with special effects artist
Introduction to the film by Savini.
Ed Gein: From Murder to Movies – Laurence R. Harvey (The Human Centipede II) discusses the lurid legacy of Wisconsin’s serial killer and the secrets of portraying a cinematic psychopath.
The Wages of Sin – Making of featurette comprising newly transferred 16mm production footage and an achieve interview with director Jeff Gillen.
Reversible sleeve feat. original & newly commissioned artwork by Nathaneal Marsh
This film is very campy and some what cheesy too, but I think many people might find it entertaining.
Are you familiar with the film? Have you ever seen Deranged? If so, feel free to leave a comment and share your thoughts.
Below is the movie’s trailer for your entertainment.
*I received a free screener copy in order to do this review. There was no compensation. The opinions expressed are my own and not influenced in any way.