31 Days Of Horror: Day 8 – Deranged: Confessions Of A Necrophile (1974)

A deranged rural farmer becomes a grave robber and murderer after the death of his possessive mother.

Films based on killers can be hit and miss, some can even get lost in time.

Some films stick in your memory whether you like it or not, this was a discovery I made in a small VHS shop on a street corner near my house where I found this disturbing film lurking.
Thge film is based on the story of real-life Wisconsin serial killer cannibal Ed Gein, something I knew little about when I first saw this (pre-internet days) so you can imagine my imagination running wild when I saw it.
The fantastic effects featured in the film are the work of the amazing and iconic Tom Savini, it’s films like this that show why he’s known so well for his make up work, which is truly stunning.
The story is well done and the directing duo of Jeff Gillen and Alan Ormsby did a really great job. Roberts Blossom who plays Ezra Cobb, the Ed Gein inspired character, puts in an excellent performance, creepy yet sympathetic.
“Deranged: Confessions Of A Necrophile” is a forgotten Horror classic of it’s time, go switch the lights off and enjoy the film. 
If you want to see the “Deranged: Confessions Of A Necrophile” trailer then just click on the video below:

Miscellaneous facts about the film:

Harvey Keitel auditioned for the role of Ezra Cobb.

Writer/co-director Alan Ormsby cameos as the picture of Maureen Selby’s late husband.

Producer Tom Karr raised $200,000 budget from the money he earned as a concert promoter for acts such as Led Zeppelin, Three Dog Night, The Temptations and Rod Stewart.

Cosette Lee, who played Roberts Blossom elderly mother in the film, was in actuality only 14 years older than Blossom.

The films theme music is an instrumental version of an old religious hymn called ‘The Old Rugged Cross’.

Tom Savini said in an interview that the corpses in the film were made using plastic skull kits which were glued to bodies built of chicken wire and painted cotton. The faces were created by taking plaster castings of various relatives of the crew, including producer Tom Karr’s wife.

Bob Clark, who previously made Children Shouldn’t Play with Dead Things (1973) and Dead of Night (1972) with Alan Ormsby and Jeff Gillen, was originally approached to direct this film too. However Clark felt the script was too disturbing for his taste so he opted to produce the film, though he was uncredited.

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