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Dementia (1955)

Not Rated | | Film-Noir, Horror, Mystery | 22 December 1955 (USA)
This film, with no dialogue at all, follows a psychotic young woman's nightmarish experiences through one skid-row night.

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

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


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This is the movie playing in the theatre in the original version of "The Blob" See more »

Quotes

Narrator: Run, daughter of horror, run from your crime. But behind you, the policeman with the face of your father, the face of your first victim. Pursuing you relentlessly in your haunted brain. Hunting you mercilessly through the twisted corridors of your tortured mind. The horror that will track you down. The horror that can destroy you. Run, run, run!... Guilty, guilty, guilty!
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Alternate Versions

The original version, released as 'Dementia', had no narration; that was added for the re-release under title 'Daughter of Horror.' See more »


Soundtracks

Wig Alley
Music by Shorty Rogers
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One of A Kind, Don't Miss It
5 December 2000 | by withnail-4See all my reviews

Powerful visual style highlights this noir nightmare film, originally made in 1951. Is it Freudian, Surreal, or just plain fugged up? This is outsider film making, a one of kind rarity(the director's only film)that either discards standard film technique, or is totally ignorant of it. But the photography and music are both weird, wild, and quite well done. No dialog!!

The original director's version (Dementia)is much better than the one with some of the gore cut out, and an intrusive, idiotic Ed McMahon voiceover(Daughter of Darkness).They are both on the DVD, so don't make the mistake of watching the censored "Daughter" version first.

Don't miss the highly suggestive "chicken eating" scene. It's hilarious!!


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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

22 December 1955 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Daughter of Horror See more »

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Mono (Western Electric Recording)

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1.37 : 1
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