Deranged (1987) **
D: Chuck Vincent
C: Veronica Hart, Jerry Butler, Jennifer Delora, Jamie Gillis
P: A woman (Hart) kills a burglar, who has broken into her apartment, in self defense. Instead of calling the police, she locks herself inside of her apartment where she starts to slowly unravel. At first she hears things, but noises turn into hallucinations and the line between what's real and what isn't becomes blurred.
A case can be made for Deranged. The film does a solid job of capturing the confusion and disorientation of the film's main character. A feeling of claustrophobia permeates throughout the entire film. And if one of the film's main objectives is to make viewers feel as uncomfortable as the main character, then it does the job. On it's own terms, Deranged is a success.
On the other hand, most people will dismiss it simply as an experimental horror film, featuring several adult movie veterans, that plays out like a poor man's version of Repulsion. And while indeed that is quite true, that wasn't my problem with the film.
After watching the film, I found myself asking whether or not I thought Hart's character was interesting enough to carry a feature length film. Was I engaged by the plight of her character? Was Deranged a worthwhile viewing experience? And the answer to that is..... no. [R] 87 mins.
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