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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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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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The controversial film which took 2 years to pass the censors - now presented to the public for the first time. See more »


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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

This film received scant distribution. It became well known when footage from it was used in the theatre sequence of the highly popular release The Blob (1958). See more »

Quotes

Narrator: Safe. Safe? At last. Yes, you are safe... in another hallucination of your crazed mind.
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Alternate Versions

The 2000 DVD release by Kino Video features both versions of the film. See more »

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Featured in The Blob (1958) See more »

Soundtracks

Wig Alley
Music by Shorty Rogers
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A cult item that can't be easily dismissed.
22 January 2001 | by Rockster-2See all my reviews

Never heard of it, knew nothing about, watched it on a friend's recommendation and was struck by how daring and experimental it was for the time it was made. I was expecting a real piece of 50's cheese, but the further I got into it the more I realized it could not be so easily dismissed. Some of the nighttime black and white photography of the Gamine being pursued through city streets is right up there with THE THIRD MAN, and many of the images (especially the hacking off of a dead man's hand) are shockingly indelible. I'd place it many rungs above Ed Wood and perhaps only a rung or two below Herk Harvey (director/co-star and primary creative force behind the great ultra low budget masterpiece CARNIVAL OF SOULS, recently reissued on a gorgeous Criterion Collection DVD). Included on the DVD presentation is the re-cut version DAUGHTER OF HORROR, with Ed McMahon (!) providing a hilariously pretentious voice-over that was meant to make the film more accessible to a mainstream audience. It's a real hoot, one to play at parties to give your cinephile guests a laugh.


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