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DEMENTIA 13 (BLU-RAY)
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Reviewed by: Ryan Doom

Directed by: Francis Ford Coppola

Starring:
William Campbell
Launa Anders
and Eithne Dunne

Movie:  
star star star star
Extras:  
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Overall:  
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What's it about
A ladyís husband has a heart attack and she must deceive his family into thinking heís still alive until she can win their trust and figure out how to get an inheritance.
Is it good movie?
A Roger Corman production, Dementia 13 is mostly known for being one of Francis Ford Coppolaís first studio production. Itís a usual, cheap Corman flick, but it comes during 1963 when Corman and cheap didnít mean B and utterly stupid. Instead, Dementia 13 is a bit of slow burn, not exactly a mile a minute horror flick. Itís more of an old school castle picture as a cunning widow (Louise) goes to Ireland to try to get close to her recently deceased husbandís family. What follows isnít anything wholly original or interesting, but that doesnít mean the thing isnít all bad. My problem was the pacing, which I should probably explain for a second. Most of the time, I bitch about movies moving too quickly, never leaving enough time to properly build suspense or character.

Dementia 13 definitely takes its time up to the point where I fell asleep twice within the first 30 minutes. Thatís never a good sign. However, once I did make it through, it became clear that the movie is indeed a slow burn as the family that Louise tries to scam is way stranger than she could have ever imagined with a freaky ass mom, a pair of terrible sons, and oh yeah, some axe murders (not to mention some stiff ass acting). Nonetheless, even with the mild chaos, this isnít exactly Coppolaís peak as a film maker. Itís a little like watching earlier Stanley Kubrick. Theyíre interesting to view, but theyíre just footnotes, not really worthy films in the grand scale.

Video / Audio
Video: A very crisp and clear Widescreen presentation (in shiny black and white!)

Audio: Presented with the power of 5.1 Dolby Digital Surround.
The Extras
Combo pack with DVD and Blu-Ray.

A nice little before and after restoreation demo. Donít blink. Itís quick.
Last Call
An interesting little movie that shows some of Coppolaís talent early on. Itís wants to be a minor Psycho, but it really never gets close to that. To enjoy properly, get some nachos and a two little of Coke. You might need the caffeine.
ARROW IN THE HEAD'S RATING SYSTEM
star star star star I'D BUTCHER MY FAMILY TO SEE THIS AGAIN
star star star HANG ME BUT I DUG IT A LOT
star star AN OK WAY TO KILL TWO HOURS
star JUST SLING AN ARROW IN MY HEAD AND LET ME DIE IN PEACE

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