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Future film-making legend Francis Ford Coppola makes his big-screen directorial debut with this cult horror classic, available for the first time in spectacular High-Definition Blu-Ray. Following the abrupt death of her husband from a heart attack, the scheming Louise Haloran (Luanda Anders) travels to her in-laws estate in Ireland, only to find herself trapped in a creepy, decrepit castle with her ex-husband s demented family. Upon arrival, she is introduced to a pair of maladjusted brothers (William Campbell, Bart Patton) and a distraught mother-in-law (Eithne Dunn), still grieving for the daughter she lost in a drowning accident many years earlier. When a mysterious axe-wielding psychopath enters the fray, leaving blood-spattered corpses in his wake, the family s doctor (Patrick Magee) takes it upon himself to try to get to the bottom of things--before it s too late! The making of Dementia 13, meanwhile, is a tale unto itself. An aspiring film-maker fresh out of UCLA, Coppola found work under the tutelage of B-movie legend Roger Corman, doing sound, editing and various other tasks. After finishing a film called The Young Racers under budget, Corman opted to use the leftover funds to finance a low-budget thriller to cash in on the success of Alfred Hitchcock s Psycho. Coppola quickly delivered a script to Corman s liking, promising plenty of nudity and gore. Corman gave him the green light. Despite the meager budget, Coppola made the most of his resources, re-purposing both sets and actors from The Young Racers, while employing the sort of creative lighting, camera angles, and storytelling that reveals an early glimpse at the great filmmaking that would follow with such titles as Apocalypse Now and The Godfather trilogy.
I like it for what it is ... it isn't Shakespeare, it's an old B-horror movie!!
This film has an undeserved reputation of being a schlock horror film. Read more
The movie is better than what some of the critics have to say about it. The film is definitely dark, creepy and demented. Read morePublished 22 days ago by Rainey Dawn
This is one of the most creepy classic horror movies I have ever seen. It has a good plot with no holes, make sure to watch it late at night!Published 28 days ago by Kentucky boy
But is probably the best version from a film print (not an old VHS source) we're going to get in HD. Read morePublished 3 months ago by RMX74
I love old psychological horror movies. This one was great, recommended to me by my son, the horror movie buff.Published 4 months ago by Dianne Hebert
The first sole directing credit for Francis Ford Coppola, and the film containing the fabled quip from the epicurean Louise Haloran -"Especially an AMERICAN GIRL. Read morePublished 5 months ago by Romy
I REMEMBER THE FIRST TIME I LISTENED TO LED ZEPPELIN.
AND PINK FLOYD.
THOMPSON TWINS TOO.
ALL I'M REALLY SAYING IS DO THEY REALLY CARE ABOUT US?
Although it can certainly be said that, for it's time, Dementia 13 was an earth shaking film, it is, sadly, one which has not held up at all. I've seen Psycho dozens of times. Read morePublished 9 months ago by Zachary Palmer