CinemaDave (cinemadave) wrote,

Public Domain Horror "Dementia 13"

"Dementia 13" has grown in status after Francis Ford Coppola became a household name on the VHS shelf. Shot in the Rebublic of ireland under Roger Corman's influence, "Dementia 13" creates an aire of a celtic banshee. Written by Coppola, this is a ghost story from a demented mind.

Shot around the time of "Masque of Red Death," Patrick McNee is a pschiatrist who is trying to unravel the mystery of the Haloran Family. Given how famous McNee became known as a victim in "Masque of Red Death" and "A Clockwork Orange," this role is a nice change of pace for the sinister looking actor. Besides Corman regular Luana Anders, regular guest villain William Campbell plays the romantic leading man.

Novice indepdendent film makers should study movies like "Dementia 13," it is a low budget motion picture that takes full advangtage of the landscape, architecture and scenery. The use of a child's toys as a symbol of doom enchances the errie paranormal atmosphere of "Dementia 13."

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