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Deranged/Motel Hell (Midnite Movies Double Feature)

Roberts Blossom , Cosette Lee , Alan Ormsby , Jeff Gillen    R (Restricted)   DVD
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A double bill of rural schlock, with both entries gruesome but somewhat tongue-in-cheek. Deranged was inspired by the unsavory saga of Ed Gein, whose isolated madness oiled the gears of both Psycho and The Texas Chainsaw Massacre. This is a low-rent production all the way, but its shabby locations have a certain eerie authenticity, and it benefits greatly from the casting of the reliable character actor Roberts Blossom--a scarecrow in the American Gothic mold--in the lead role. Now and again a somber but vaguely amusing narrator wanders into the frame to remind us that we are watching the tale of "a necromaniac, a defiler of the dead," as though we could forget. Serial-killer completists should check it out.

Motel Hell is slicker but less effective. Former Western star Rory Calhoun plays Farmer Vincent, a country hotel keeper (free samples of jerky at the front desk) whose line of smoked meats turns his customers into unwitting cannibals. The movie's got some genuinely creeped-out ideas (a backyard garden of victims, buried up to their necks?), but the execution is pedestrian and the humor pretty square. Onetime cultural icon Wolfman Jack has a few scenes as a TV preacher, for no apparent reason. --Robert Horton

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Mgm 2 Pack ~ Deranged/Motel Hell

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5.0 out of 5 stars 2 of the best flicks on one DVD! July 14 2004
By J. Cook
This 2 disk set is a MUST have for horror/slasher flick fans!
The first film-- Deranged-- is about a wierd fella named Ezra who can't seem to let go of his mother's death. After hallucinations of her he decides to dig her up and keep her near him at all times. The movie after that takes off and basically ends up with his kidnapping, and bitchering (like he was skinning a deer) a local salesclerk.
The movie is based on psychotic killer Ed Gein, which influenced MANY movies such as Silence Of The Lambs, Psycho, Texas Chainsaw Massacre (2,3,4) and of course the movie Ed Gein and Ed and His Dead Mother.
The second movie is a bit more strange and funny!
In short it's about a brother and sister who own a motel and sell beef jerky on the side. The only thing is at night, like a hunter going out to hunt, he watches the road waiting for the right time to find his next victim.
After they are caught they are buried in the ground to be harvested and then made into jerky...
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3.0 out of 5 stars "Meat's meat, and a man's gotta eat." April 21 2004
Cannibals, necrophiles, and murderers, oh my! I own many of the MGM Midnight Movie releases, and I have to say, these two films together certainly combine to make the most gruesome release to date.
Deranged (1974) aka Deranged: Confessions of a Necrophile, was co-directed by actor Jeff Gillen (he played Santa Claus in the classic Christmas Story film released in 1983, "You'll shoot your eye out, kid.") and writer Alan Ormsby, who also wrote the film, along with other films like My Bodyguard (1980), Cat People (1982), and Porky's II: The Next Day (1983), is based on the ghastly true life events of reclusive Wisconsin farmer Ed Gein, convicted of necrophilia, cannibalism, and murder, inspiring films like Psycho (1960), The Texas Chainsaw Massacre (1974) and Silence of the Lambs (1991) and others. The film stars perennial old timing character actor Robert Blossoms as Ezra (Ez) Cobb, whom I best remember from the John Carpenter film Christine (1983), as George LeBay, the old timing man who sold the nerdish Arnie Cunningham the possessed car.
The film starts off with an on-screen narrator giving us some exposition about Ezra, who lives a quiet, solitary life caring for his deeply religious, domineering and bed ridden mother, who instills within Eddie the notion that women, in general, are evil and sex is sinful. After her death, Ezra is left alone, and becomes miserable. So much so he digs up his mother more than a year after her burial (yuck), and brings her home. He soon begins finding fresher corpses, by following the obituaries, for all kinds of uses (double yuck). Soon his compulsions move from dead corpses to living victims. His secluded house becomes a shrine to all things dead.
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By Ryan
The MGM Midnite Movies is a great addition to any horror collector's collection. This one is Deranged/Motel Hell.
DERANGED is a story about Ezra Cobb. Actually, it's based on well-known killer, Ed Gein. They call Ezra "Ez" for short which is amusing because it basically sounds like "Ed" and I think that a few of the actors said "Ed" by mistake several times. OK, so Ezra is sitting next to his dying mother when she gives up living. She was buried and every week, it's said that Ezra visits his mother's grave at least 3 times a week. The year after her death, he hears his mother's voice say "If you really loved me, you'd bring me back home...." So he does just that. He digs her up and puts her in his car and drives her home. He uses things that look like skin to try and "repair" her until he gets the idea to use human skin instead...by killing and skinning.....
It's a pre-"In the Light of the Moon" (A.K.A. "Ed Gein") flick that delivers what it promises-thin humor and frightening murders. What I didn't like was not the movie but the back cover: It seems that every real Ed Gein type of movie (Deranged, In the Light of the Moon, etc.) always has to mention it inspiring "Psycho", "The Texas Chainsaw Massacre" and "The Silence of the Lambs" (A book about Ed Gein uses the same marketing ploy)
MOTEL HELL is my favorite. Farmer Vincent owns Motel Hello (with the "O" in "Hello" usually blinking on and off) with his sister Ida. Farmer Vincent has the best smoked meats around. But the secret of the great taste isn't in the meat, it is the meat. Actually, it's human meat that they take from their victims that are buried neck deep in a secret garden behind the motel...
What's so good about MOTEL HELL is the laughter.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Sink Your Teeth into a Delicious Double Feature Nov. 24 2003
Another delectable double-feature tidbit from MGM, this DVD features two horror movies with cannibalistic themes: DERANGED (1974) and the cult classic MOTEL HELL (1980).
There are several movies whose writers claim that the films were inspired by the notorious Wisconsin necrophiliac and purported cannibal Edward Gein--PSYCHO (1960), THE TEXAS CHAINSAW MASSACRE (1974), and THE SILENCE OF THE LAMBS (1991), to name a few--but only DERANGED comes close to reflecting Gein's grisly true-life activities. For those who don't already know, Ed Gein was a backwoodsy Wisconsin farmer who, during the 1950s, raided cemeteries and collected various body parts from the corpses. He is known to have made clothing and household items from the preserved skin and bones of his "trophies," and it was reported that he also ate some of the flesh (though this was never substantiated). Gein was caught and arrested in 1957 after actually killing the proprietor of a hardware store, then taking her body to his barn and preparing it in the manner of a hunter dressing a deer.
In DERANGED, the primary character is named Ezra Cobb, and though a lot of the real-life necrophilic and cannibalistic acts have been toned down for the script, Cobb is still a fairly accurate reflection of Edward Gein. To make these ghoulish themes a little more palatable, scriptwriter and co-director Alan Ormsby mixes in lots of gallows humor. In addition, the over-the-top performance of award-winning character actor Roberts Blossom, as Ezra Cobb, adds some jocularity to the film, but never goes so far as to diminish the overall horror.
Like Tobe Hooper's THE TEXAS CHAINSAW MASSACRE, which was released the same year, DERANGED opens with an attempt to convince the audience that what they will soon see is the gospel truth.
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3.0 out of 5 stars "Deranged" the Better of the Two
This dual-sided disc from MGM Midnite Movies is the first one I've bought where the film unknown to me turned out to be better than the one I was buying it for. Read more
Published on Aug. 29 2011 by Kasey G
5.0 out of 5 stars Scary
Deranged - as you probably know by now is based upon the most cruelest and the most sick serial killer Ed Gein. Read more
Published on May 21 2004 by Kosovar
4.0 out of 5 stars Good eatin' here!
I'm really learning to love these MGM double feature discs. Usually, this motion picture studio releases its films on DVD with few or no extras, a supreme disappointment to cinema... Read more
Published on May 4 2004 by Jeffrey Leach
3.0 out of 5 stars Deranged
When I was a kid, we saw Deranged at the midnight movie in Houston, TX. I never forgot it! I was amazed to see it's available! Read more
Published on Jan. 3 2004 by trillian63
5.0 out of 5 stars okay
i loved motel hell. i never saw the kmovie deranged but now i plan on it. excellent.
Published on Dec 11 2003 by jj
3.0 out of 5 stars motel hell
I liked it. It wasn't as good as my Boss made it sound but it
was worthy of a bag of popcorn. I will never look at cabbage
the same way again. Read more
Published on Oct. 17 2003 by J. wheeler
MOTEL HELL is the most hilarious of the 80's B movies. You have got to love this one, as Farmer Vincent routinely preys upon passers buy... Read more
Published on July 8 2003
5.0 out of 5 stars Deranged is one of the best!
Deranged is one of the best films I have ever seen. It will stay in your mind and make you want to learn more about the real man the film is based on. This is horror at it's best. Read more
Published on June 24 2003
5.0 out of 5 stars deranged/motel hell an inviting combination
Deranged is a well filmed and well articulated classic. It shows great insight to a murderers mind. The acting is phenomenal. Read more
Published on June 19 2003 by bliss morgan
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