A young sailor falls in love with a mysterious woman, performing as a mermaid at the local carnival. He soon comes to suspect the girl might be a real mermaid, who draws men to a watery death during the full moon.
The surrealist film shows repetitive imagery involving a string fashioned in a bizarre, almost spiderweb-like pattern over the hands of several individuals, most notably an unnamed young woman and an elderly gentleman.
Two seemingly separate stories in New South Wales: a burned, murdered body of a young woman is found on the beach, and a retired inspector makes inquiries; also, Linda, a waitress and ferry... See full summary »
Dalila Di Lazzaro,
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
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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 This is according to part of an interview between VeSota and Barry Brown for an unpublished article in Castle of Frankenstein film magazine, as summarized in the August 1980 issue of Heavy Metal magazine by Bhob Stewart.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 »
Now all the images of horror, the demons of your mind, crowd in on you to destroy you!
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Powerful visual style highlights this noir nightmare film, originally made in 1951.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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