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Demented (1980)

 -  Crime | Horror | Thriller  -  1985 (France)
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A woman is gang-raped in a horse's stable, and even though the rapists are caught and imprisoned, she is harassed many moons later by ghastly visions of her tormentors, while her husband ... See full summary »

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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Sallee Young ...
Linda Rodgers (as Sallee Elyse)
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Matt Rodgers (as Bruce Gilchrist)
Deborah Alter ...
Annie
Kathryn Clayton ...
Carol
Bryan Charles ...
Dr. Dillman
Edward Talbot 'Chip' Matthews ...
Mark (as Chip Matthews)
Mark Justin ...
Joker
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Joker / Rapist (as Robert Mendel)
Douglas Price ...
Joker
Stephen Blood ...
Detective
Bosco Palazzolo ...
Manuel
J. Kelly ...
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John Green ...
Police Officer
Bill Martin ...
Rapist
Jay Belinkoff ...
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A woman is gang-raped in a horse's stable, and even though the rapists are caught and imprisoned, she is harassed many moons later by ghastly visions of her tormentors, while her husband philanders and every little thing frightens her out of her wits. Written by Brian J. Wright <tyrannorabbit@hotmail.com>

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Revenge is sweet... and deadly.

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Although never classed as an official UK video nasty the film was one of the movies included by 'Mary Whitehouse' on a compilation tape shown to the Conservative Party during their 1984 conference. It was eventually released on the Apex video label in 1987 after receiving 1 minute 19 secs of BBFC cuts. See more »

Quotes

Joker: Boy this is a switch, I thought you'd be mad as hell at me.
Linda Rodgers: Mad? Definitely not! Let's just say I'm able to handle the situation.
[He goes to remove his mask]
Linda Rodgers: No no, leave it for now! It turns me on.
Joker: Lady, you are definitely weird.
Linda Rodgers: I *know*.
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5 October 2013 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

This is one of those movies that's so bad it's just bad--too plodding, amateurish, gore-free etc. etc. to really be any fun--but it still has some qualities so atrocious they're worth a look, preferably if you're watching with a heavy finger on the fast-forward.

The main thing is the main "actress," who is so awful you can't imagine what they were thinking in casting her. She has a vocal range that goes from screetch to mousy squeak to whine--she'd be ideally cast as a disembodied voice used to drive someone crazy simply because it's SOOOOO annoying. Her (presumably in-character) personality is allowed to be almost equally off-putting; it's amazing how little sympathy we feel for a woman on thin mental ice after being gang-raped, because as played "Linda" is alternately clingy and tantrum-throwing when she's not just running around screaming.

Frankly, I kind of assumed all the actors here were moonlighting porn performers, because male lead Harry Reems (working under a pseudonym) is one; but it turns out the other actors I looked up on IMDb don't even have that excuse for giving less-than-pro-level performances. (In fact Reems embarrasses himself marginally less than anyone else here.) Some of the dialogue just seems arbitrary, as if they were trying to pad the runtime with more yakking to cover up the fact that the violence is so poorly and non-graphically handled.

There's very little logic at work: we never find out how the original rapists got caught, or who they were--let alone SPOILER!--why the nice neighborhood kids who later menace Linda would think scaring a recently gang-raped woman would be a harmless "joke." (Or how at the end Linda figures out something her husband has kept secret.) It's all monumentally dumb, though a slicker and more energetic film would have been required to actually make this an ENJOYABLE ridiculous/bad movie.

Nevertheless, I'll probably never forget lead Sallee Young's performance. Though believe me, I will try. You might want to check five minutes or so of her on YouTube (any scene where she's screaming/menaced is best) just to hear that fingernails-on-chalkboard voice. Funnily enough, it seems her only other substantial role was also as "Linda" in another almost unwatchably bad early 80s horror film, "Home Sweet Home" with "Body by Jake" Steinfeld giving an almost equally ludicrous performance as a crazed killer.


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