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Dementia (1955)

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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Cast

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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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>

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Not a word is spoken. Not one terror left untold. See more »


Certificate:

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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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Sound Mix:

Mono (Western Electric Recording)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Trivia

The movie was inspired by a dream of Adrienne Barrett, John Parker's secretary, who stars in the film. As Barrett was not an actress, Bruno VeSota states he tricked her into performing by various means, including tickling her feet with a feather (for laughter) and unexpectedly shooting a blank at her (for shock). According to VeSota, the film was originally intended to be a 10 minute short, and the majority of the film was fleshed out by him by conceiving one shock after another, and he therefore considers himself the uncredited screenwriter. VeSota also claims to have directed at least half the film, and to have guided John Parker in directing the rest. This is according to part of an interview between VeSota and Barry Brown for an unpublished article in Castle of Frankenstein film magazine, as summarized in the August 1980 issue of Heavy Metal magazine by Bhob Stewart. See more »

Quotes

Narrator: Ha ha! Marked... Marked forever! Daughter of horror.
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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 »

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Referenced in Blobermouth (1991) See more »

Soundtracks

Wig Alley
Music by Shorty Rogers
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Short but fascinating art/horror film
1 August 2001 | by Eegah GuySee all my reviews

Even at under an hour, this film drags a bit in the middle but has so much going for it that it has to be called a "must-see." Definitely see the dialog-free version (DEMENTIA) before you see the narrated version (DAUGHTER OF HORROR) but do see both of them because the narration by future Tonight Show co-host Ed McMahon is priceless! The jazzy score and accompanying vocal renderings accent the weird mood perfectly. The last 15 minutes in the jazz club are especially striking as music, image and pace increase to a fever pitch until the movie starts as it began. It's amazing that a film as avant garde as this actually played mainstream theaters in the 50s.


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