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Dementia 13 (1963)

Unrated | | Horror, Thriller | 1964 (UK)
A scheming widow hatches a daring plan to get her hands on her late husband's inheritance, unbeknownst to her that she is targeted by an axe-wielding murderer who lurks within the family's estate.

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Complete credited cast:
... Richard Haloran
... Louise Haloran
Bart Patton ... Billy Haloran
... Kane
... Justin Caleb
Eithne Dunne ... Lady Haloran (as Ethne Dunn)
Peter Read ... John Haloran
... Simon
Ron Perry ... Arthur
Derry O'Donavan ... Lillian
Barbara Dowling ... Kathleen Haloran
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Whilst out on a rowboat with his wife Louise, John Haloran has a heart attack and dies. She casts his body overboard and hides his death telling the family he left on an urgent business trip. Louise's main concern is that she can only hope to inherit part of his family fortune if he's still alive. The Halorans are a strange family. They are still grieving over the death of the youngest daughter, Kathleen, who drowned in a pond when she was a young child. The family hold an annual ceremony of remembrance, on the anniversary of her death. But this year someone is wielding an ax...intent on murder. Written by garykmcd

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$40,000 (estimated)
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Shot in 9 days. See more »

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When Billy is holding the candle whilst talking about being stressed, the candle has been smoldering quite a bit of smoke and the next shot shows the candle is lying on the table and there is absolutely no smoke. See more »

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Louise Haloran: Castle Haloran is a bit perplexing, a very strange place really, old and musty, the kind of place you'd expect a ghost to like to wander around in.
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Featured in Night of the Invisible Man (2009) See more »

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Believe Me If All Those Endearing Young Charms
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Lyrics by Thomas Moore
Music: traditional Irish air
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"Well this is the Devil's own climate."
9 November 2001 | by See all my reviews

Dementia 13 is Francis Ford Coppola's first flick, his directorial debut. Yeah, that's right. The man that brought you Apocalypse Now and The Godfather worked first in horror. And worked well I might add. Under the producing eye of Roger Corman, this is one of the earlier additions to the slasher genre, and it's not bad. A few flaws keep this one from being a black and white masterpiece. My biggest peeve with the film is the fact that it's not real hard to see who the killer is. They should have done a better job of masking his face. There are a few priceless scenes though. The radio being tossed into the water, and the muffling of the music is quite cool. I love the part where the killer is dragging the girl's body by the wrist, it's rather wicked. It also has perhaps one of the earliest decapitations. Patrick Magee is fabulous as the aristocratic doctor. This hard to find gem is worth looking for, especially for old school horror fans.


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