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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 overview, first billed only:
Sallee Young ...
Linda Rodgers (as Sallee Elyse)
Matt Rodgers (as Bruce Gilchrist)
Deborah Alter ...
Kathryn Clayton ...
Bryan Charles ...
Dr. Dillman
Edward Talbot 'Chip' Matthews ...
Mark (as Chip Matthews)
Mark Justin ...
Joker / Rapist (as Robert Mendel)
Douglas Price ...
Stephen Blood ...
Bosco Palazzolo ...
J. Kelly ...
Police Officer
John Green ...
Police Officer
Bill Martin ...
Jay Belinkoff ...


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 <>

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Revenge is sweet... and deadly.


Crime | Horror | Thriller


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1985 (France)  »

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Slay the Joker  »

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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 »


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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Referenced in Video Nasties: Moral Panic, Censorship & Videotape (2010) See more »

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Bad but amusing exploitation dreck
6 November 2009 | by (United Kingdom) – See all my reviews

I just hit up this little seen and even less loved trashy howler, and despite a grinding first two thirds ended up having a just about sound time. Its about a lady wigging out after rape and eventually building to an agreeably barmy and even sometimes hilarious final block. The films best weapon and simultaneous Achilles Heel is leading lass Sallee Young, who is not a good actress. Even though her character has a certain inherent sympathy she simply isn't good at the part and rapidly becomes pretty irritating. She has this especially grating sort of hysterical monotone, almost childlike during emotional scenes and this combines with the writings idle melodramatic meandering between comically inept and tediously half baked to make for a decidedly substandard time until a few minutes before the hour mark, where things take a smart and even charming turn for the bright side by diving headlong into lunacy pretty much worthy of the title. Our heroine flips her lid and has herself a bit of a seductive kill-fest, as well as getting in some agreeably nutsoid chatter that had me rocking with laughter. Her shrill delusion mixed with mean spirit and her thoughts on food, wine and Bambi make for some good comedy value, which isn't something I really expect from this kind of film, pretty sweet in a tasteless and shonky manner I suspect it wasn't supposed to be funny and that the film was aiming for more of a sober exploitation shot at Repulsion territory, but its never convincing, just daftly lovable in a mildly twisted sorta way. There's even a little bloodshed, but its never well handled or especially graphic. Of the rest of the cast, only Harry Reems is especially noticeable, playing her philandering husband, he puts on a convincing enough show, at any rate I could just about take him seriously. This is the sole credit for director Arthur Jeffrys, who provides little in the way of value for much of the way, though the film does open with a semi effective bang (non consensual) and the climax is daftly entertaining. I can't give much credit to writer Alex Rebar either, who seems to have a fair number of credits, including acting in The Incredible Melting Man and a bunch of other things, as well as producing this, Home Sweet Home and Terror On Tour, also writing To All A Good Night and writing/directing a series of shorts named Sex, Pain and Murder. Its slow, predictable and dumb and likable characters are in short supply. So, altogether this isn't any great shakes and I can't honestly recommend it, but for those like me who simply have to watch this sort of nonsense, the bonzo last half hour makes it just about OK.

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