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Dementia 13 (1963)

Unrated | | Horror, Thriller | 1964 (UK)
Shocked by the death of her spouse, a scheming widow hatches a bold plan to get her hands on the inheritance, unaware that she is targeted by an axe-wielding murderer who lurks in the family's estate. What mystery shrouds the noble house?

Director:

Francis Ford Coppola (as Francis Coppola)

Writers:

Francis Ford Coppola (as Francis Coppola), Jack Hill (second unit written by)
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Cast

Complete credited cast:
William Campbell ... Richard Haloran
Luana Anders ... Louise Haloran
Bart Patton Bart Patton ... Billy Haloran
Mary Mitchel ... Kane
Patrick Magee ... Justin Caleb
Eithne Dunne Eithne Dunne ... Lady Haloran (as Ethne Dunn)
Peter Read Peter Read ... John Haloran
Karl Schanzer ... Simon
Ron Perry Ron Perry ... Arthur
Derry O'Donavan Derry O'Donavan ... Lillian
Barbara Dowling Barbara Dowling ... Kathleen Haloran
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Storyline

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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Pretense is not acceptable at Haloran Castle! See more »

Genres:

Horror | Thriller

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Unrated | See all certifications »

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Country:

USA | Ireland

Language:

English

Release Date:

1964 (UK) See more »

Also Known As:

Dementia See more »

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Budget:

$40,000 (estimated)
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Sound Mix:

Mono

Color:

Black and White | Color (colorized)

Aspect Ratio:

1.66 : 1
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Trivia

The lyric in Tom Petty's song "American Girl" that goes "raised on promises" appears to have come from a line of dialogue in Francis Ford Coppola's 1963 film, "Dementia 13." Referring to another woman, the character Louise states, "Especially an American Girl. You can tell she was raised on promises." See more »

Goofs

In some shots Ron Perry as Arthur has two good arms, but in other shots his left arm is in a cast. See more »

Quotes

Richard Haloran: You're an intelligent woman, Louise. You notice things, size people up. You know when they're happy and know when something's bothering them. I want you to do me a little favour.
Louise Haloran: Of course.
Richard Haloran: Keep that microscope you've got built into your eye off of me!
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Alternate Versions

The Slingshot DVD is a fabricated 3D version of the film that is viewable in razor3D system. This is an artificial 3D gimmick as the film was shot in standard flat format and not in 3D See more »

Connections

Featured in In the Dark (2009) See more »

Soundtracks

Believe Me If All Those Endearing Young Charms
(uncredited)
Lyrics by Thomas Moore
Music: traditional Irish air
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Scares on a shoestring and it's not bad.
1 April 2004 | by Poseidon-3See all my reviews

When Alfred Hitchcock's Marion Crane (of "Psycho") stepped into the shower and met her fate, it kicked off a slew of stark, grisly chillers about nutcases, often wielding butcher knives or axes. This entry has the distinction of being one of Coppola's earliest directorial efforts and it is clearly influenced by Hitchcock, though without his budget or seasoned mastery. Anders plays a rather nagging wife who is visiting her husband's ancestral castle with him just in time to "celebrate" the anniversary of his kid sister's funeral. He, his two brothers and his mother gather annually to pay tribute to the little girl who was drowned on the premises years before. One brother (Campbell) is an angry sculptor with an American fiancee (Mitchel.) The other (Patton) is a gentle, sort of shy type. The mother (Dunne) can't get past the death of her daughter and faints on cue each year at the ceremony. Not long into the film, one death sets off a chain of events that unleashes a couple of other ones to where no one at the castle is safe and the audience is often not certain who the mad killer is (though veteran fans of horror/suspense shouldn't have that much trouble figuring it out.) The film is far from perfect, but given the unbelievable budgetary and filming restraints, it does manage to conjure up some creeps and story interest. The only part that really drags is the section involving an overly inquisitive doctor (Magee.) Otherwise, there is creativity in the filming of the deaths and a nice sense of atmosphere throughout (even if almost none of these Irish characters has anything resembling an accent!) There are slicker fright films out there, but this one wins points for accomplishing pretty much with precious little to work with.


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