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Dementia 13 (1963)




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A series of axe murders is extinguishing the members of an Irish family one by one, and the motive turns out to be a large inheritance. The first quasi-mainstream film directed by Francis Ford Coppola, Dementia 13 was produced and financed by Roger Corman. Corman also allowed Coppola the use of several of the stars of Corman's contemporary film The Young Racers.

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Luana Anders
as Louise Haloran
Eithne Dunne
as Lady Haloran
William Campbell
as Richard Haloran
Bart Patton
as Billy Haloran
Peter Reed
as John Haloran
Ethne Dunne
as Lady Haloran
Patrick Magee
as Justin Caleb
Peter Read
as John Haloran
Ron Perry
as Arthur
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Critic Reviews for Dementia 13

All Critics (22) | Top Critics (3)

Despite the rough edges, you feel you're in the hands of someone who enjoys telling a story, and knows how to do it - even when the story's a disposable one such as this.

June 5, 2018 | Full Review…

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

December 11, 2007 | Full Review…

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…
Top Critic

This early effort remains an interesting part of Coppola's filmography -- certainly more than such latter-day stinkbombs as Jack and Youth Without Youth.

July 30, 2016 | Rating: 2.5/4 | Full Review…

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 | Rating: C+ | Full Review…

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 | Rating: 4/5 | Full Review…

Audience Reviews for Dementia 13

This early horror cheapie is most famous because it's director went on to catch bigger and better fish. What's looked for are early signs of greatness. Well what's seen is a competent drive-in movie. It's not one of the greats, but it's not a complete washout either, with chills and scares until the big reveal at the end (telegraphed in the first 15 minutes of the film). Coppola's writer and director, and Corman produced.

Kevin M. Williams
Kevin M. Williams

Super Reviewer

This low-budget horror film produced by Roger Corman and directed by Coppola before he went on the become a famous filmmaker has evident shades of Psycho but is not even frightening, with a lame, uneven plot in which nothing much really happens.

Carlos Magalhães
Carlos Magalhães

Super Reviewer


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.

Christopher Heim
Christopher Heim

Super Reviewer

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