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Dementia 13 (1963)

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DVD Release Date
 R1: Jan 21, 1999

Budget $30,000

Running Time
1 hour, 15 minutes

Country USA

Studio American International Pictures

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Other Titles
• The Haunted and the Hunted (1963)
• Haunted and the Hunted

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Genre: Thriller, Horror, Murder, Suspense, Cult Classic, Serial Killer

Plot: Francis Ford Coppola's directorial debut, produced by horror king Roger Corman, is a terror-filled tale of family ties chopped to pieces. DEMENTIA 13's opening scene of Louise and John Haloran alone on a boat drifting nowhere (as an Elvis Presley song plays hauntingly) is reminiscent of many Hitchcock films. Its 1963 release was just the beginning of what, for Coppola, would be a long career of helming chillingly powerful masterworks such as APOCALYPSE NOW and THE GODFATHER.

Set in a spooky Irish castle, DEMENTIA 13 begins as the Haloran family gathers to memorialize the death of the youngest sister, Kathleen. While various family members plot and connive, an ax murderer is terrorizing the grounds, and Kathleen's body shows up at just the wrong time. Slowly, the family members become increasingly suspicious of each other--as well as of the ghosts that haunt the castle. But when the sinister family doctor is called in to help with the mystery, the expertly planned Coppola chills really take

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external linkAfter a decent pre-credits sequence this settles down and becomes a leisurely paced flick thats plot gets a tad messy at times but works mostly due to Coppola building a creepy atmosphere at times and sporting a classic horror sounding musical score. 2.5/4

 Directed by
Francis Ford Coppola
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 Written by
Francis Ford Coppola
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 Music By
Ronald Stein
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