While doing some research for my horror screenplay, my mind kept on wavering towards ghosts and spirits. I had spent days trying to figure out how to write my “hook, line and sinker” scene where people would just marvel at how much my words terrified them. I came up a bit short.
I realized then that it wasn’t really ghosts and spirits that weren’t working for my script, it’s just that it wasn’t working for me.
The living scare me a whole lot more than the dead.
I first read about the Ed Gein case years ago. The movie Deranged is based off true life events surrounding Ed’s life. The scariest sentence you would ever read, right?
According to IMDB, the logline is: Based on the Ed Gein case, a deranged rural farmer becomes a grave robber and murderer after the death of his possessive mother whom he keeps her corpse, among others, as his companions in his decaying farmhouse.
That is pretty darn terrifying. Edward Theodore Gein was a murderer and a “body snatcher.” He would exhume bodies from graveyards and place them as trophies throughout the house. It is reported that Ed had made over 40 visits to the graveyard to dig up bodies. He would then extract the body parts and place them in various places in the house. There were a lot of disturbing items that was placed around his house, but perhaps the ones that bothered me the most were belts made out of female’s nipples, a victim’s head in a burlap sack, the vulva’s of two young females and a corset made from a female torso from shoulders to waist.
To top it off, when his mother passed away, he created a body suit that was made from various females so he could in essence “become his mother.” You might find that the story of Ed Gein is strikingly familiar. Well, Psycho, Texas Chain Massacre and Silence of the Lambs come to mind as inspiration.
Deranged is a lesser known horror film but packs a punch when you think of the gruesome acts that were committed.
Ezra Cobb lives with his religious fanatic mother in an unidentified town. The two share a somewhat very weird relationship and upon her death, Ezra realizes that he cannot live without her so he digs her corpse up so she can still continue to “live” in their home.
What follows is a series of events that are so horrifying that I can’t seem to wrap around the fact that this individual has not been glorified in the horror cinema industry. Ezra continues to build his “family” by digging up the corpses of females and using various body parts to adorn his own self. In the film, he is also depicted as a necrophiliac, but in real life Ed Gein wasn’t considered to be one.
The film was received with not so favorable feedback, but I am not entirely sure why. I believe the film was overshadowed by the greater horror films such as Texas Chainsaw Massacre and Psycho, but in essence, Deranged is much more frightful.
You can watch the film here, although not the best quality, it’s available for streaming!
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