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  • Format: AC-3, Dolby, Subtitled, NTSC, Import
  • Language: English
  • Subtitles: Spanish
  • Region: Region A/1
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.33:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • MPAA Rating: UNRATED
  • Studio: Film Chest Company
  • Release Date: April 26 2011
  • Average Customer Review: 3.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (13 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B004I3Z6GS

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Francis Ford Coppola was working as an assistant to Roger Corman when he made this, his feature debut. The story goes that Corman let Coppola make the film so long as he could work around the shooting schedule of the film they were working on together, and the results are impressive given the budget constraints. Or maybe because of the budget constraints. The story concerns the family at Castle Haloran, the secrets surrounding the death of young Kathleen, and an axe murderer who seems to be picking away at all present. Coppola's deft direction keeps this from being a routine ghost story, using light and dark in his compositions to create tension and suspense. The film has an interesting way of spanning the traditional ghost story and the more modern gore-fests that we're used to. I have one bone to pick with the manufacturer of this disc: the transfer to DVD was made from tape. This is evident from the way the frames roll repeatedly during the last 15 minutes of the film, and the tape bunches a few times leaving video artifacts. DVD consumers want all the benefits of this medium, and not to have the degraded quality of tape preserved on it. If this is the only way you can get this film, at least the price is reasonable. It's also packaged as a Fright Night Horror Classic along with Night of the Living Dead and Revolt of the Zombies. --Jim Gay --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Marcia TOP 500 REVIEWER on May 28 2011
Format: Blu-ray Verified Purchase
From the box: "... Fresh out of UCLA Coppola found work under the tutelage of B-movie legend Roger Corman. ... Corman opted to usee leftover funds to finance a low budget thriller to cash in on the sucess of Alfred Hitchcock;s Psycho. Coppola quickly delivered a script to Corman's liking, promising plenty of nudity and gore. ... Copolla made the most of his limited resources, while employing the sort of creative lighting,, camera angles, and storytelling that reveals an early glimpse at the great filmmaking that would follow."

Cult Horror Classic -- Story: Louise Haloran descends on her deceased husband's in-laws in hopes of an inheritence. Instead she finds two dysfunctional brothers who entertain themselves by insulting each other and an emotionally crippled mother-in-law who's still grieving the loss of her daughter after years and years. Ingratiating herself w/ mother, and creating ghostly signs, Louise ends trapped in an eerie, decrepit Irish castle with an axe-wielding maniac eliminating the 'suspects' of the continual murders one by one. The doctor appoints himslef detective and trys to determine whose leaving blood-spattered corpses in his wake while there are still some family members left.

This is a must for B horror movie fans. It's fun and compared to the slasher movies of the '80's very little blood. It's at the top pf it's class in B flicks.

Remastered in hi def; 5.1 surround sound; B & W; before and after restoration demo; original movie art postcard included; transferred from original 35 mm elements.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Michael Butts on Nov. 9 2003
Format: DVD
In 1963, the movie audience had already experienced the new kind of psychological horror movie born with the great PSYCHO. Francis Ford Coppola's attempt at matching that horror is greatly inferior, of course, but as an exercise in mental terror, it works on its own subliminal level. The wonderful Luana Anders starts out the film virtually murdering her rich husband, and then tosses his body in a pond, telling the family he's off on a business trip. She wants his Mama to change the will to include the in-laws. As in PSYCHO, Anders is dispatched early in the film in a very surprising way, and although it can't touch Janet Leigh's demise in PSYCHO or Angie Dickinson's in DRESSED TO KILL, it packs a wallop. From there on in, it's time to figure out who the nasty killer is. It's fairly easy to pick the killer out, but there are some wildly frenetic scenes before getting there. Bart Patton and Patrick Magee provide excellent support and one can detect the future genious of Coppola in this atmospheric thriller.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By bernie TOP 100 REVIEWER on July 9 2006
Format: VHS Tape
Can you believe this movie is Francis Ford Coppola, and produced by Roger Corman? Nether can the viewer. I am not sure how it made it to film. However it has collector value.

Dementia 13 is not a bad movie; it is a little dark in more ways than one. The just is nothing significant about it other than a few hacker scenes.

We find our self in a Castle with a murderer who is bumping every one off. The question is "who done it?"

Was it Lizzie Borden or Jeffery Dalmer?

Maybe it was mommy?

Or the mad doctor?

Who knows?

This movie makes a good addition to slasher movies and it is not as mindless as most.
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Format: VHS Tape
This is not the best horror movies I've ever seen, but one of the best films in terms of *atmosphere*. The frightening parts about it are less in the film itself than what the film suggests--the really psychotic point to which codependency can build, obsession, and a host of other disturbances, none of which involve the supernatural but suggest it. Along with the Vincent Price films he did, this is the best film you'll see that Roger Corman was involved in.
Luana Anders is, ironically, the strongest presence in this film. Thing is, she doesn't last very long, and the viewer isn't all that devastated when she does disappear. A scheming, money hungry witch, she preys on the co-morbidity of an elderly woman to the point of sadism. A young girl dies tragically at a young age. An Irish family living in Nowheresville idealizes her mysterious death to the point of madness. Someone is responsible, and we eventutally find out who. There are a few 'jump out of your seat scenes', one of them being the untimely (and grisly) death of Anders. It's been awhile since I've seen this film, but much of the imagery (dolls, truly 'demented' childhood memories, and the last exclamation by the ultimate culprit: "DON'T TOUCH THAT!") have remained with me. This is an odd blend, Corman and Coppola. A worthwhile old cinematic antique of misery.
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Format: DVD
Francis Ford Coppola and Roger Corman are two names I would never have thought of putting together, but linked they are in the production of the highly enjoyable thriller Dementia 13. I was quite amazed to discover that Coppola got his start as an assistant to Corman, and this film, Coppola's directorial debut (the first he acknowledges, anyway), was actually filmed on the same set of the contemporaneous Corman production of The Terror. This really is Coppola's twenty thousand dollar baby, as he wrote as well as directed the film. I for one found it quite good. Although the killer is not that hard to identify, there were enough suspicions cast upon one or two other characters to keep me from putting all of my accusatory eggs in one basket before the climactic ending. There are also some twists and turns along the way that I didn't really see coming, and I was forced to change my whole outlook midway through the drama. Dementia 13 is not really scary or gruesome, but it does succeed in producing something akin to chills on one or two occasions. The murder weapon of choice is an axe, but the wielder of that axe is in no way very proficient; he can only succeed by hacking away maniacally until such time as he actually makes contact with the victim's body. He does have a natural talent for lifting a dead body by the hair and dragging it along behind him, though, which is always a plus on a mad killer's resume.

At the heart of this story is the tragic death of a little girl named Kathleen. Each year on the anniversary of her death, the grieving mother and her sons reenact the funeral service, which culminates in the mother's collapse.
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