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Dementia 13 (The Haunted and the Hunted) (1963)


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A young Francis Coppola was given the job of directing this moody low-budget chiller after begging producer Roger Corman for the opportunity to reuse the sets for another film which Corman was shooting in Ireland. The story centers on the dysfunctional Haloran family, who live in a state of perpetual sorrow in a spooky Irish castle. Still mourning the death of her young daughter Kathleen -- who drowned in the lake seven years ago -- Lady Haloran (Ethne Dunn) tortures herself regularly by

Dec 22, 1998

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It's standard horror fare -- with one interesting effect that turned up again, 12 years later, in The Conversation.

December 11, 2007 Full Review Source: Chicago Reader
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The location (an Irish castle) is used imaginatively, the Gothic atmosphere is suitably potent, and there's a wonderfully sharp cameo from Patrick Magee as the family doctor.

January 26, 2006 Full Review Source: Time Out
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There was no way to tell from the debut of Coppola, then 24, a low-budget horror flick produced by Roger Corman, that in a decade he would become the most influential director.

October 31, 2012 Full Review Source: EmanuelLevy.Com

A peerless horror film of the low-budget variety, a sort of how-to guide for future filmmakers on working with a limited budget.

August 19, 2011 Full Review Source:

Like [Coppola's] later Bram Stoker's Dracula (1992), it's an intriguing example of style over substance.

May 13, 2011 Full Review Source: Combustible Celluloid
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One of the many low budget shockers produced in the wake of Alfred Hitchcock's "Psycho", "Dementia 13" is a surprisingly effective knockoff with unique qualities of its own.

January 31, 2010 Full Review Source: Kinetofilm

An upstart's precocious proposal on artistry, independence, and the business of family, or vice-versa

September 6, 2009 Full Review Source: CinePassion

So-so Irish axe murderer romp, via a young Francis Ford Coppola

July 17, 2009 Full Review Source: Film Threat
Film Threat

A little gem of gothic horror, stylishly helmed on a shoestring budget.

December 11, 2007 Full Review Source: TV Guide's Movie Guide
TV Guide's Movie Guide

Despite some inventive photography and decent gore for its day, its uneven pace renders it a curio for Coppola fans.

May 6, 2006 Full Review Source: Empire Magazine
Empire Magazine

Coppola's promise as a director is on display in this interesting piece of gothic horror.

October 7, 2005

The first 12 cases of dementia are conveniently ignored.

May 9, 2005 Full Review Source: Ozus' World Movie Reviews
Ozus' World Movie Reviews

Overpraised first effort by Coppola

June 4, 2004
Lawrence Journal-World

Untypical of the director's later work, it is still worth a look.

July 16, 2003 Full Review Source: Film4

A promising subject quickly falls apart in Francis Coppola's ignominious feature debut.

November 1, 2002
Flipside Movie Emporium

Better than you'd think -- Coppola reveals his talent early.

October 11, 2002
San Francisco Examiner

Has some rep due to the director, but it's really pretty lame

October 2, 2002
Mountain Xpress (Asheville, NC)

Early Coppola horror tale that suffers from overt silliness.

May 13, 2001 Full Review Source: Apollo Guide
Apollo Guide

Audience Reviews for Dementia 13 (The Haunted and the Hunted)

Not a bad schlocky horror flick overall, but the real reason this film is even remotely noteworthy is that it's the directorial debut of Francis Ford Coppola (credited as Francis Coppola in the credits). Before Coppola directed landmark cinematic masterpieces such as "The Godfather" and "Apocalypse Now", he directed this low budget chiller with B-movie king Roger Corman producing with funds left over from "The Young Racers". Coppola's raw vision is definitely made apparent through some inventive cinematography and atmospheric locations. The film is sprinkled with brilliant scenes like the film's first murder and the opening sequence. It is also apparent that Hitchcock is one of Coppola's influences because the plot is essentially a low-rent "Psycho". Eventually the movie becomes bogged down by a drawn-out mystery plot that makes the film drag in the second half. The plot also becomes so incomprehensible at times that it becomes hard to care because their is barely a central protagonist. Plus some juvenile gore effects make the film border on silliness. This B-grade horror chiller is certainly watchable but I've seen better.
May 26, 2012
Christopher Heim

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By the time this film was over, I couldn't help thinking that if it were made today, using modern technology and special effects, "Dementia 13" might be one of the all time great horror and psychological thrillers. Add to that the fabled directing of an experienced Francis Ford Coppola, and you would have a modern day classic instead of a 1960's era 'B' grade programmer. Even so, the movie stacks up remarkably well, dated or not, particularly in the creepy edge given to it by the dysfunctional Haloran clan and it's setting in an old Irish castle.

Early on, we're led to believe that the scheming Louise Haloran (Luana Anders) will play a primary role in the Haloran saga, out to secure a sizable fortune upon the death of her mother in law (Eithne Dunn). She's not above a bit of skulduggery when her husband John dies of a heart attack while rowing on an estate pond; she merely weights his body down and sends it overboard. Blaming his disappearance on a business trip, Louise prepares to deal with the annual ritual of honoring the memory of John's deceased sister Kathleen, now dead for seven years. Mother Haloran presides over the austere gathering under black umbrellas, just as the original ceremony was conducted in the rain, a very effective touch.

John and Kathleen have two surviving brothers, Richard and Billy, (William Campbell, Bart Patton), and as the movie progresses, one begins to understand that something is not quite right with either one of them. Through deft storytelling and misdirection, Coppola guides our way through an intricately weaved mystery that plays out among suffocating underwater scenes and well timed ax thrusts. The appearance of a very lifelike doll in the image of young Kathleen keeps showing up in unusual places, adding resonance to the mystery.

The Haloran family doctor, portrayed by Patrick Magee, has his own ideas about what's going on, but manages to cast suspicion on himself along the way. Watch carefully in the movie's latter half when he enters a work shed and discovers the body of Louise and the lifelike Kathleen doll. Carefully picking up the doll, he closes the shed door, and immediately in the next scene is shown walking with the doll in his arms and a cigar in his mouth.

As flashback scenes of young Kathleen's drowning death recur through brother Billy's memories, the link is established to the identity of the film's ax wielding loony. When his identity is finally revealed after taking a bullet from the vigilant Dr. Caleb, he utters the message earlier seen on a headstone which lay buried beneath the pond's surface - "Forgive me Kathleen".

Taken together, and reflecting on all the elements of the story, "Dementia 13" defines itself as a satisfying horror mystery that laid the groundwork for future greatness for it's young director Francis (minus the Ford) Coppola. When you consider that Coppola also wrote the original story, you'll have an even greater appreciation of the film, and rightfully so. Fans of Mr. Coppola and 1960's horror should not miss this one.
November 1, 2011
David Ladd

Super Reviewer

The mixture of gothic/Poe type stuff with a bit of Hitchcock is cool, and there are a couple of neat scenes, but this is really not all that special or remarkable. For a low-budget film, it's not bad, but the only reason why this film is remotely interesting is because it is the "legit" directorial debut of Francis Fords Coppola. Oh yeah, some of the music is cool, but the rest feels like melodramatic fluff or something. See it if you won't, but don't expect much.
March 6, 2011
Chris Weber

Super Reviewer

This is one of Coppola's first movies, it's low budget and it has a familiar story, but it's interesting to watch.
November 25, 2010

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