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Great value double bill,
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This review is from: Deranged & Motel Hell [DVD] [Region 1] [US Import] [NTSC] (DVD)
Currently selling at a [...], this is a no-brainer for horror fans. Best watch Motel Hell first, it's a so-so 80s effort which provided some cool pics for Fangoria at the time (man in pigs head wielding chainsaw!, human plants!) but now seems pretty tiresome between the set pieces. Deranged is a totally different beast, it has a uniquely strange atmosphere which switches from black comedy to jaw dropping horror to pathos in a heartbeat. Only downer is a pointless narrator who pops up now and again to remind us it's all based on reality - we know, now clear off. The acting is superb, the music creepy and some of the imagery unshakeable (the scene where Ezra puts his mum to bed will never leave me).
After a bit of research I discovered that the much ballyhooed cut footage in this release is no more than 17 seconds of a ropey gore effect which sounds as if it would be out of place in the narrative anyway (Ezra eating brains direct from a skull). It can be seen on the Tom Savini featurette on the extras in Blue Undergrounds Deathdream DVD if you're desperate. For me, not worth an extra 10 pounds to import the German release although I understand that completists will. Whatever, this is a highly recommended disc.