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Dementia (2015)

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A disabled war veteran is in bad hands when his family hires the live-in nurse from hell in this intense psychological shocker. George is an aging ex-soldier haunted by memories of Vietnam and struggling to reconnect with his estranged son and granddaughter. But when he suffers a stroke and is diagnosed with dementia, George is left in the care of Michelle, a seemingly sweet nurse with a disturbing dark side. At the mercy of a psychopath with a hypodermic needle, George becomes a prisoner in his own home, caught in a sadistic game of cat and mouse as brutal as anything he experienced in Vietnam.

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Cast

Gene Jones
as George Lockhart
Hassie Harrison
as Shelby Lockhart
Peter Cilella
as Jerry Lockhart
Marc Senter
as Young George Lockhart
Justin Benson
as Nurse Hollings
Graham Skipper
as Hendricks
Ruben Pla
as Dr. Chandler
Joe Michael Burke
as Store Manager
Suzanne Voss
as Nurse Thompson
Julian Bane
as Bernie Hirsh
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All Critics (11) | Top Critics (4)

The pic is compelling for the most part, with Jones' riveting performance as the alternately sympathetic and nasty protagonist anchoring the proceedings.

January 4, 2016 | Full Review…
Hollywood Reporter
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"Dementia" is the rare low-budget suspense movie that values performance and character over hooky concepts and cheap thrills.

December 10, 2015 | Full Review…
Los Angeles Times
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It's an assured, deftly acted movie that builds its creepiness slowly and keeps its secrets well hidden till the end.

December 3, 2015 | Full Review…
New York Times
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As a suspense film, Dementia is solid but unremarkable, even considering its ugly snarl of an ending. But hidden underneath, the film has all the elements for a compelling, sharp-edged family drama.

December 1, 2015 | Full Review…
Village Voice
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As good as Dementia is, its chief strength lies in [Gene] Jones' mesmerizing performance.

May 20, 2016 | Full Review…
ShockTillYouDrop.com

Any horror or suspense film worth its salt raises the audience's hackles at least once, but Dementia is a wimpy psychological thriller.

December 15, 2015 | Rating: 4.5/10 | Full Review…
Paste Magazine

Audience Reviews for Dementia

I don't even know how to start out this review. I'd guess I'd start off by saying that it is pretty good all in all. There's nothing really extravagant about this film in any way, but I do believe that it benefits from a focus on a story that's a little more based on something that's more real than your typical horror movie. And I wouldn't even call this a horror movie, it's definitely more of a thriller and it's quite a good one. The strength of the film lies, other than the fact that Gene Jones and Kristina Klebe give great performances, in the fact that the movie definitely plays with your expectations of how it's gonna end up playing out. I'm not saying it's subversive on a Cabin in the Woods level, it's not that, and it will never be that, but the movie does end up differently than what one would imagine as it progresses. Particularly seeing as how Michelle's character is presented at first and, really, for the most part until the climax where, it is revealed, that George isn't as much of a good guy as he might've seemed. I don't think George was ever presented as a good guy to begin with, given the fact that he was a drunk and abusive towards his son's mother, but in his old age, he gave up the booze and was legitimately trying to change, so he could be in his son's and granddaughter's lives, but at the very least you can see that he's trying to make a change and atone for the fact that he was, pretty much, a shit human being. But I liked how the film played with those expectations, since you get to see both sides of George's personality and you're never really sure which one is the real George. Which is where the climactic reveal comes into place and you get to see how nasty George was and could actually still be if he set his mind to it. Gene Jones' performance during the third act is excellent, it's like seeing a completely different person to the one you had been seeing, at least in his current old age, not necessarily the George you see in the flashbacks. It's not like it's that surprising of a twist, if it can even be called that, but it makes perfect sense and there's a cyclical nature of the consequences actions have on the lives of others, whether positive or negative, mostly negative in this film's case. Michelle becomes a more sympathetic character given the reveal and the effect George's actions had on her life. So I thought that was fairly well done and it's probably the reason the film gets the rating it did. I'm not saying that everything before that was bad, because the performances were more than good enough, but the movie is really just there. It didn't make any impression on me, one way or the other. Again, not bad, but it just didn't really stick with me. The movie, pretty much, depends entirely on its third act and the reveal. And I thought it was quite good, so it elevated the rating that I gave it. But I can see how many others might not have liked it so much. The performances are still really strong, but this is barely a solid flick if I'm being honest. I don't know what it was about it, but the first two acts just didn't really resonate with me. At least I saw it on Netflix, so no real complaints on that front. It's not a consistently good movie. I mean it's solid as a whole, even if it barely crosses that mark. This is a lukewarm recommendation, at best. Good performances and a strong third act are the only reasons to watch this.

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