Dementia: Daughter Of Horror

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One of the most deliberately weird exercises in the history of horror cinema, Daughter of Horror (aka Dementia) plays like a surreal nightmare journey through the unraveling mind of a young woman (Adrienne Barrett), unfolding completely without dialogue... and featuring legendary Tonight Show second-banana Ed McMahon as the omniscient narrator! After murdering her own father, Barrett is taken in by a wealthy, lecherous mystery-man (the Devil?) who paws her relentlessly and manages to seize her necklace before she...
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One of the most deliberately weird exercises in the history of horror cinema, Daughter of Horror (aka Dementia) plays like a surreal nightmare journey through the unraveling mind of a young woman (Adrienne Barrett), unfolding completely without dialogue... and featuring legendary Tonight Show second-banana Ed McMahon as the omniscient narrator! After murdering her own father, Barrett is taken in by a wealthy, lecherous mystery-man (the Devil?) who paws her relentlessly and manages to seize her necklace before she shoves him over a balcony to his death. Unable to free the necklace from his death-grip, she is forced to amputate the man's hand to recover the evidence. After a subsequent evening of carousing in a jazz club, she awakens the next morning in a hotel room and concludes that the ghastly events were only a dream... or were they? This one-of-a-kind film broke virtually every established convention of horror filmmaking in its time (or any other, for that matter), generating terror solely through disorientation of the audience. Viewers will certainly draw parallels to Roman Polanski's Repulsion, which it predates by ten years; though it may lack the intensity of the latter film's vision, it is nevertheless an eerie, groundbreaking landmark among modern horror movies.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 10/17/2000
  • UPC: 738329018528
  • Original Release: 1955
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  • Source: Kino Video
  • Aspect Ratio: Pre-1954 Standard (1.33.1)
  • Presentation: Black & White
  • Language: English
  • Time: 1:52:00
  • Format: DVD

Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
Adrienne Barrett The Gamin
Bruno Ve Sota Rich Man
Ben Roseman Father, Law Enforcer
Richard Barron Evil One
Ed Hinkle Butler
Lucille Howland Mother
Ed McMahon Voice Only
Angelo Rossitto
Technical Credits
John Parker Director, Producer, Screenwriter
George Antheil Score Composer
Joseph P. Gluck Editor
William C. Thompson Cinematographer
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Scene Index

Side #1 --
0. Dementia - Chapter Selection
1. Opening Titles [2:28]
2. Girl in a Box [6:53]
3. Human Detritus [4:12]
4. The Fat Man Prowl [3:31]
5. The Family Plot [6:42]
6. In the Penthouse [10:02]
7. If Thy Hand Offend Thee [3:04]
8. Stalked by the Law [4:14]
9. Reefer - Fiend's Refuge [6:44]
10. Consumptive Hysteria [5:56]
11. Back in the Box [2:26]
0. Daughter of Horror - Chapter Selection
1. Opening Titles [2:27]
2. Girl in a Box [6:53]
3. Human Detritus [4:30]
4. The Fat Man Prowl [3:25]
5. The Family Plot [6:45]
6. In the Penthouse [10:07]
7. If Thy Hand Offend Thee [2:29]
8. Stalked by the Law [4:22]
9. Reefer - Fiend's Refuge [6:50]
10. Consumptive Hysteria [5:51]
11. Back in the Box [1:37]
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Menu

Side #1 --
   Dementia - Begin Feature
   Daughter of Horror - Begin Feature
   Theatrical Trailer
   Production Stills
   Pressbook
   Case Study
      Production
      Censorship
      1955
      The Premiere
      Daughter of Horror
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