From the bizarre opening to the end, I couldn’t help think that Deranged (1974) is a strange copy of Pyscho (1960), then later I saw bits of Texas Chainsaw Massacre (1974) thrown in though they were released in the same year.
The story revolves around Ezra Cobb, who lives/d with his mother and takes care of her until she dies. He doesn’t seem to have a high mental capacity to begin with, and once his mom dies, it goes further down.
There are several visions in my mind about this movie that will probably remain with me until I die. One is that Ezra is in desperate need of a pedicure. The second is the almost magenta-tinted blood that flows relatively freely in this American International Pictures movie.
I couldn’t take my eyes from Deranged, with each moment being tossed further down the hole in one of the strangest horror films I’ve ever seen. Being low-budget didn’t hinder it from being the best that it absolutely could. The cheese and corn are tossed around nicely too, making it one of the best B-movies I’ve ever seen.
Deranged is a marvel that you must experience. I give it 4.5 out of 5 Stars.