Deranged/Motel Hell (Midnite Movies Double Feature) [Import]
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Deranged: Ezra's good at making friends... into home furnishings! Based on the same terrifying story that inspired Psycho, The Texas Chainsaw Massacre, and The Silence of the Lambs, this hauntingly scary film chronicles the grisly exploits of a rural necrophiliac and murderer! Brace yourself for a "solid horror story" (Variety) that's guaranteed to make you bite your nails... because if you don't, Ezra will!
Motel Hell: You really are what you eat with Farmer Vincent's smoked meat in this creepy horror yarn that "packs a punch and goes way beyond mere terror" (Box Office)! Vincent's popular products contain a special ingredient that the psychotic farmer and his sister would literally kill to keep secret in this darkly funny flick that "just might be your cup of meat" (L.A. Herald Examiner).
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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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...
A MUST SEE
I had high hopes for "Motel Hell", hoping to see Nancy Parsons (Beulah Balbricker from the "Porky's" movies) chew the scenery to bits. Unfortunately, the script doesn't give her much to do besides pig out on chicken drumsticks and try and drown Nina Axelrod in the big 'ol swimming hole. Parsons' best role is still as the deadly masseuse Zora on "Charlie's Angels" back in 1978.
Here she's sister to Rory Calhoun, and together they make the best smoked meat in the county. But what their customers don't know is that their special ingredient lay in the hidden "human garden" they're constantly cultivating by capturing innocent passersby on the highway.
While I'm sure this idea sounded much better on paper, the execution leaves a lot to be desired. It plays like a black comedy more than an actual slasher/horror film--but even then misses the mark. Notable only for an amusing turn by Elaine Joyce as half of a swinging couple, and an early non-speaking role for John Ratzenberger (Cliff from "Cheers"). Nothing else here to really recommend.
"Deranged" on the other hand, is much more interesting and well-made, yet downbeat and not an enjoyable film that would merit repeat viewings. Loosely based on Ed Gein, in this one a middle-aged Mama's boy goes off the deep end after the old lady dies. He digs up her corpse and eventually embarks on a killing spree to keep bringing companions home for mother. A delayed sexual awakening complicates things and has him kidnapping a cocktail waitress and the teenage hardware store clerk.Read more ›
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.Read more ›
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.Read more ›
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Deranged - as you probably know by now is based upon the most cruelest and the most sick serial killer Ed Gein. Read morePublished on May 21 2004 by Kosovar
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 morePublished on May 4 2004 by Jeffrey Leach
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 morePublished on Jan. 3 2004 by trillian63
i loved motel hell. i never saw the kmovie deranged but now i plan on it. excellent.Published on Dec 11 2003 by jj
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). Read morePublished on Nov. 24 2003 by Michael R Gates
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
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 morePublished on July 8 2003