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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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Complete credited cast:
William Campbell ... Richard Haloran
Luana Anders ... Louise Haloran
Bart Patton Bart Patton ... Billy Haloran
Mary Mitchel 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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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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Are you afraid of death by drowning? Have you ever attempted suicide? Have you ever thought of committing murder? See more »

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Horror | Thriller

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Shot in 9 days. See more »

Goofs

In the end credits, Guinness Brewery is misspelled "Guiness." 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 TCM Underground: Dementia 13 (2006) See more »

Soundtracks

Believe Me If All Those Endearing Young Charms
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Lyrics by Thomas Moore
Music: traditional Irish air
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Good Atmosphere
23 July 2000 | by BaronBl00dSee all my reviews

Most of the reviews here center on this being good solely because it was a beginning of sorts for Francis Ford Coppola, well maybe I exaggerate slightly, but the film really should be seen as an entity un to itself. It really is quite good. The story centers on a disfunctional family in a large Irish castle that had tragedy befall them six years ago when the youngest daughter died by drowning, Since then the father has died and the mother has become obsessed with the death of her only daughter Kathleen, and she has her sons and herself attend a mock funeral every year as a kind of memorial. Thrown into the picture are a fortune-hunting daughter-in-law and a strange, cryptic doctor(wonderfully played by the very underrated Patrick Magee). The film has some great scenes and is very high on atmosphere. Despite being made on a shoestring budget(although actually filmed in Ireland and around a real Irish castle), the film transcends its limited resources and becomes a series of atmospheric shocks. The death scenes are well-directed, particularly the two involving Luana Anders. The score by Corman regular Ronald Stein is also first-rate. A great film to watch late at night.


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Language:

English

Release Date:

1964 (UK) See more »

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Budget:

$40,000 (estimated)
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