The Art of Cinema #207


Deranged
(Alan Ormsby, Bob Clark; 1974)

Most people know the work of Bob Clark, who was killed in a car crash on Wednesday morning, from either the junvenile (and for a Canadian film, hugely successful) sex comedy Porky's, or from his true career apex, his adaptation of Jean Shepherd's A Christmas Story. But I have a soft spot for Deranged, his low budget fictionalized version of the case of Plainfield, Wisc. killer and cannibal Ed Gein, one of a number of horror titles Clark cut his teeth on, including Death Dream and the breakthrough slasher Black Christmas. Roberts Blossom's eerie performance and a soundtrack that includes Canuck country legend Stompin' Tom Connors make for singularly grimy experience, one that led Clark to have his name removed from the official credits.

It's enough to make you forget Loose Cannons and Baby Geniuses.

2 comments:

Mike D said...

wow - blast from the past. a friend of mine from around 10 years ago had this poster on his wall and i remember many a stoned evening being amused by it.

swac said...

I wish I had the poster...however I do have a complete set of lobby cards, so all is not lost.