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Dementia 13 [Blu-ray] [Import]

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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

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4.0 out of 5 stars COPPOLA'S FIRST APOCALYPSE Nov. 9 2003
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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3.0 out of 5 stars A slasher with gusto July 9 2006
By bernie TOP 100 REVIEWER
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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4.0 out of 5 stars Coppola's first--a mixed bag July 14 2004
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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By Daniel Jolley TOP 50 REVIEWER
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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4.0 out of 5 stars A rarity. A horror film with acting!! May 14 2001
By A Customer
A disturbing horror film which has joined the ranks of 'cult classics'. This movie seems to get better with each viewing, probably due to the fine performances turned in by mostly Irish actors who worked for mere peanuts to be involved with this Coppola/Corman production.
Luana Anders is nothing short of superb. William Cambell is also excellent, and as 'DVD special features' commentary goes, his is far more entertaining and informative than most.
This would rate as a 5-star if it weren't for the less than spectacular image transfer, and perhaps for the fact that the story itself falls slightly short. But don't let that dissuade you - this movie deserves a place in any film buffs collection for a myriad of other reasons. For example, the underwater shots are sharp and creative - then in the commentary section we learn that due to budget constraints Coppola designed his own underwater camera housed in wood and tar!
Finally, this is still one of the scariest pictures I've ever seen. That alone is reason enough for horror fans to pick this one up. Not for the faint of heart, however.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Francis Ford Coppolla, for cryin' out loud!
This movie was one of the very first directed by Hollywood legend Francis Ford Coppolla, ("The Godfather", "Apocolypse Now"). Read more
Published 8 months ago by Daran Paige
5.0 out of 5 stars Francis Ford Coppola's directoral debut
From the box: "... Fresh out of UCLA Coppola found work under the tutelage of B-movie legend Roger Corman. ... Read more
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Published on March 24 2004 by VIRGO DRAGON
5.0 out of 5 stars One of the 5 greatest movies ever made.
Dated, but still great.
Published on Dec 29 2002
1.0 out of 5 stars I suppose everyone has to start somewhere
In light of his filmography, I don't think Coppola will lose any sleep over a little honesty here. In short, this is quite possibly the worst movie I have ever bought (and I own... Read more
Published on Nov. 20 2001 by "commoner03"
4.0 out of 5 stars A b-movie classic for lovers of obscurity!
Dementia 13 is one of Coppola's first and most memorable films. It is an extremely obscure b-movie horror flick and this version is one of the best copies that I have seen on... Read more
Published on June 5 2000
3.0 out of 5 stars Luanna Anders is hot!
Her hypnotic performance carries the film to point, but it unfortunately falls apart.
Published on April 28 1999
4.0 out of 5 stars Not so subtle, but sticks with you!
I remember seeing this film as a young child, and the murders stick in your mind. There's one scene on a lake that you'll hark back to when you wake up panting at 2am on a dark and... Read more
Published on April 5 1999
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