This film, with no dialogue at all, follows a psychotic young woman's nightmarish experiences through one skid-row night.

Director:

(uncredited)
Reviews

Watch Now

With Prime Video

WATCH NOW
Learn more

People who liked this also liked... 

Le vampire (1945)
Documentary | Short
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.7/10 X  

A short look at the vampire bat sucking blood from a guinea pig.

Director: Jean Painlevé
Stars: Max Schreck
Short
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.1/10 X  

An experimental meditation on Times Square's marquees and iconic advertising that captures the concurrently seedy and dazzling aspects of New York's Great White Way.

Director: William Klein
Comedy
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.5/10 X  

A perfectly average young couple volunteers to live in a modern household for a long televised experiment undertaken by the Ministry of Future.

Director: William Klein
Stars: André Dussollier, Anémone, Zouc
Romance | Sci-Fi
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.4/10 X  

A romance of extremes in Athens tomorrow. A cashier finds true love in the face of a young waitress who has just been released from prison. When he looses her, he travels all the way to get her back.

Director: Dimitris Athanitis
Stars: Kostas Kazanas, Lena Kitsopoulou, Giorgos Kotanidis
Fantasy | Horror
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.2/10 X  

A young couple out for a walk decide to take a stroll through a large cemetery. As darkness begins to fall they realize they can't find their way out, and soon their fears begin to overtake them.

Director: Jean Rollin
Stars: Françoise Pascal, Hugues Quester, Natalie Perrey
Comedy | Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7/10 X  

A model tells a television crew about her dreams of a life with prince charming all while fending off the lecherous advances of a horde of men.

Director: William Klein
Stars: Dorothy McGowan, Jean Rochefort, Sami Frey
Drama | Horror
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.1/10 X  

Psychiatrist experiments LSD on 4 volunteers, to investigate Coffin Joe's influence over them. Each patient presents a different reaction, involving sex, perversion and sadism.

Director: José Mojica Marins
Stars: José Mojica Marins, Ângelo Assunção, Ronaldo Beibe
Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.3/10 X  

This is a ballad about love, hate, and a search for a way out of loneliness. It is a dramatic story about the strange potter, Martin Leaps, nicknamed Dragon, who is suspected by the ... See full summary »

Director: Eduard Grecner
Stars: Radovan Lukavský, Gustáv Valach, Emília Vásáryová
Alucarda (1977)
Horror | Thriller
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.3/10 X  

After the death of her parents, a young girl arrives at a convent and brings a sinister presence with her. Is it her enigmatic imaginary friend, Alucarda, who is to blame? Or is there a satanic force at work?

Director: Juan López Moctezuma
Stars: Claudio Brook, David Silva, Tina Romero
Short
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.7/10 X  

We begin on planet Earth, with a demonstration of measuring distances using triangulation. Then, an imaginary voyage begins from earth to the moon, on to Mars, Saturn, the closest star (... See full summary »

Director: Jean Painlevé
Documentary | Short
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.5/10 X  

After a comic introduction, we look closely at a shrimp. Eyes on stilts, color patterns, pinchered walking feet, a rostrum. We watch shrimp eat using a strong claw and a fine one; we watch ... See full summary »

Directors: Geneviève Hamon, Jean Painlevé
Short
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.3/10 X  

Hans Richter, noted for his abstract shorts, has everyday objects rebelling against their daily routine.

Director: Hans Richter
Stars: Werner Graeff, Walter Gronostay, Paul Hindemith
Edit

Cast

Complete credited cast:
Adrienne Barrett ...
The Gamin
Bruno VeSota ...
Rich Man (as Bruno Ve Sota)
Ben Roseman ...
Law Enforcer / Father
Richard Barron ...
Evil One
Ed Hinkle ...
Butler (as Edward Hinkle)
Lucille Rowland ...
Mother (as Lucille Howland)
Jebbie VeSota ...
Flower Girl (as Jebbie Ve Sota)
Faith Parker ...
Nightclub Dancer
Gayne Sullivan ...
Wino
...
Shorty Rogers (as Shorty Rogers and His Giants)
Edit

Storyline

As the narrator invites us to explore the horrors of an insane mind, a young woman wakes from a nightmare in a cheap hotel room. We follow her through the skid-row night and encounters with an abusive husband; a wino; a pimp and the rich man he panders for; a flashback to her traumatic childhood; violence; pursuit through dark streets; dementia. Filmed in film-noir style throughout; only the narrator speaks. Written by Rod Crawford <puffinus@u.washington.edu>

Plot Summary | Add Synopsis

Taglines:

BLOOD on her hands...DOOM in her eyes... See more »


Certificate:

See all certifications »
Edit

Details

Country:

Language:

Release Date:

22 December 1955 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Daughter of Horror  »

Company Credits

Show detailed on  »

Technical Specs

Runtime:

Sound Mix:

(Western Electric Recording)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
See  »
Edit

Did You Know?

Trivia

Featured in rock band Faith No More's video for "Separation Anxiety," from their 2015 album Sol Invictus. See more »

Quotes

Narrator: I have so much to show you. So much that you are afraid to see. Come, let me take you by the arm and show you the bed of evil you sprang from. Let me take you back, to when you were a little girl. Let me show you... your father.
[Flashback scene of The Gamine's father]
Narrator: Let me show you... your mother.
[Flashback scene of The Gamine's mother]
See more »

Connections

Referenced in American Grindhouse (2010) See more »

Soundtracks

Wig Alley
Music by Shorty Rogers
See more »

Frequently Asked Questions

This FAQ is empty. Add the first question.

User Reviews

 
you have never seen anything like this before
31 May 2001 | by (Los Angeles) – See all my reviews

This is one of the best and most intelligent films ever--although I don't think I'll be seeing it again anytime soon. I have never been so assaulted emotionally, psychologically, and intellectually by a movie. If you are looking for a fun and scary horror movie--this is NOT what you are looking for. This film is very disturbing. It is not gory, or overly graphic, just disturbing. The aesthetics of the film stretch back to early German Expressionism to 70s psychedelia. It is a bizarre mix of many things, most of which work perfectly. As you watch it, it's very easy to start judging the movie and go "Oh God, it's doing this or that". There are definately times when the movie borders on badness. But it is always one step ahead of itself, and one step ahead of you, and one step ahead of any other movie I have ever seen. The things the director does are amazing--he does things that were so ahead of his time.

The portrait of the main character is amazing. I've never felt so close to a character who completely freaked me out, as I did to her. She is SCARY--and so human in a wierd way. And that's why this movie was so good. It is not a black and white horror movie. It's not a slasher flick. It is definately trying to tell you something. Whether the final message is feminist or sexist is up for debate. This film is so well done that it's hard to tell whether it's being purposeful or exploitative. It's pointless to write more. You just have to see it.


28 of 42 people found this review helpful.  Was this review helpful to you?

Message Boards

Recent Posts
Yeahh... digi_meow
Ashamed I'd never seen it brautigan-126-784250
Discuss Dementia (1955) on the IMDb message boards »

Contribute to This Page

Create a character page for:
?