Dementia 13 (1963) – Review, Rating and Synopsis

Dementia 13 (1963) - Review, Rating and Synopsis

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  • Release Date:  1963
  • Genre:  Crime & Giallo
  • Cast and crew: William Campbell, Luana Anders, Bart Patton, Mary Mitchel, Patrick Magee, Eithne Dunne, Peter Read, Karl Schanzer, Ron Perry, Derry O’Donavan, Barbara Dowling
  • Director:  Francis Ford Coppola
  • Screenwriter:  Francis Ford Coppola, Jack Hill

Dementia 13 (1963) Rating:

  • Raoul = 5 / 10;
  • IMDb = 5.7 / 10;
  • Rotten Tomatoes = 6.5 / 10;

Dementia 13 (1963) Synopsis:

When her husband suddenly dies of a heart attack, Louise decides to hide his death so that she can inherit the family’s fortune. She then remains with her husband’s family in a strange, probably haunted, Irish manor.

Dementia 13 (1963) Review:

Dementia 13 is a slasher film from the 60’s build around the family drama theme…and a great one for horror fans looking to discover some underrated horror. The film starts as a thriller and goes on like this for the first half. However, little sentences and small hints make you slowly understand that something is fundamentally wrong, slowly building interesting suspense. After a good 45 min, the movie starts to get crazy, with multiples murders, strange discoveries, etc… The suspense is then at his most and the mystery extremely thick, it is almost impossible to know who the killer is before the end.

This was for the good points. On the less bright side, I also found that the lengthy dialogues, which often are the glory of 60’s horror films (Psycho, The Innocents), are here relatively basic and tend to sometimes break the flow of the movie!

I heard a lot of good things about this early film by Francis Ford Coppola (Dracula, Apocalypse Now, The Godfather series) before watching it and, maybe because of that, I was a little disappointed. The end, which is supposed to be the highlight of the movie, is interesting but not memorable, leaving me with really mixed feelings. Recommended to those keen on knowing their classics!

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