@10 months ago with 5 notes
#deranged #ed gein #ezra cobb #roberts blossom #cosette lee
Based on the life of Ed Gein, a murderer and body snatcher who exhumed the corpses and kept them as trophy-like objects, Deranged is as eerie as one can expect with a theme like this.
Ed Gein is now called Ezra Cobb and played by Roberts Blossom, someone who is odd-looking enough to look like a convincing psycho killer. His relationship with his mom (Cosette Lee) is quite strange, she has control over everything he does and has indoctrinated him with the idea that all women are bad. After mom dies, Ezra can’t over her passing and after talking to her in his mind he decides to dig her up and pretend that nothing ever happened. Mom is not dead, she’s alive and kicking. Ezra seems to be enjoying this situation and starts to dig up other people as well, which after a while turns into killing.
The movie starts of good with eerie organ music to create a haunted atmosphere. Combined with the cool main titles I was ready for it from the start. This ‘human horror story of ghastly proportions and profound reverberations’ (as told by the narrator, who appears on screen as some kind of journalist, interesting and innovative) is indeed quite disturbing, but the movie is losing points on a technical level. Inexperienced directors Alan Ormsby and Jeff Gillen did not prove to be great directors: some scenes appear somewhat stiffly, the actors aren’t directed very well, the plot (story written by Ormsby) has some obvious defects and improbabilities (the hunting scene for instance) and the editing and sound is off.
This only gives the movie a stronger cult feeling to it, something I can definitely appreciate. The life of Ed Gein looks raw, disturbed and gross, just like the movie does.