The movie does a great job of masking who the ax killer is. Seeing the different characters throughout Dementia 13, such as Billy, Richard, and family physician Justin Caleb (Patrick Magee), you may be flipping over who you think the killer is. This style of hiding who the killer is would be used later in the great slasher horror, the first Friday the 13th (1980). Several of the characters have a suspicious character that would give you the impression that they could be responsible for the murders. . Assassinations are also carried out in the dark, so the ax wielders’ faces are completely obscured.
The acting in Dementia 13 is decent. Underrated actor Patrick Magee does a good job as always with his distinctive voice, portraying a character that borders on insanity. You may recognize him from Clockwork Orange as the wheelchair writer who both he and his wife were attacked by Alex and his “Droogs”. He is younger in Dementia 13 and his hair is not gray. Patrick Magee also played John Steed on the television series Avengers.
Luana Anders, who plays Louise, does a good job playing a sordid and greedy woman that you won’t like. She doesn’t look bad either and takes off her bra and panties in a scene for the underwater swimming sequence. That underwater scene is perfectly shot, just like the swimming scenes in The Creature From the Black Lagoon.
The blood / gore in Dementia 13 is really tame compared to today’s slasher horror movies. There is very little to see in the details of the blood. The most graphic crime scene has one of the characters having his head cut off. You can see the really fake looking head rolling towards the lake. Another great thing about Dementia 13 is the threatening music. The musical score is almost as good as the songs on Psycho and Cape Fear. Provides atmosphere and complements tension-filled murder scenes well.
At the beginning of the movie, while Louise and her husband John Haloran (Peter Read) are in a rowboat, a really cool rockabilly song can be heard. The singer of the song sounds like Elvis. From what I read, it’s not Elvis singing. The person responsible for the voices does a great job emulating your voice. At 75 minutes long, Dementia 13 is an engaging and engaging first film for Francis Ford Coppola.
It’s a good low-budget Roger Corman production with mystery and suspense as its main strengths. It has a smooth rhythm and is not too slow. The movie could have used more murder scenes. To see the roots of the Slasher Horror movie genre, Dementia 13 is a good movie to watch. I just reviewed Dementia 13, the public domain version featured in my box of 50 Mill Creek Entertainment Horror Classics. A Blu-ray of the film is now available.