Dementia 13
Dementia 13 (1963)

The members of a large Irish family are systematically killed, falling one by one to the attacks of a vicious axe murderer. This low-budget horror effort is best known for its status as an early genre effort by famed director Francis Ford… More

Rated: Unrated
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Release Date: December 22, 1998
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Critic Score: 65% Rotten Tomatoes™ Critic Reviews
Dave Kehr
Chicago Reader

It's standard horror fare -- with one interesting effect that turned up again, 12 years later, in The Conversation.

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Michael W. Phillips, Jr.

A peerless horror film of the low-budget variety, a sort of how-to guide for future filmmakers on working with a limited budget.

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Fernando F. Croce

An upstart's precocious proposal on artistry, independence, and the business of family, or vice-versa

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Time Out

The location (an Irish castle) is used imaginatively, the Gothic atmosphere is suitably potent, and there's a wonderfully sharp cameo from Patrick Magee as the family doctor.

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Jeffrey M. Anderson
Combustible Celluloid

Like [Coppola's] later Bram Stoker's Dracula (1992), it's an intriguing example of style over substance.

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Phil Hall
Film Threat

So-so Irish axe murderer romp, via a young Francis Ford Coppola

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Emanuel Levy

There was no way to tell from the debut of Coppola, then 24, a low-budget horror flick produced by Roger Corman, that in a decade he would become the most influential director.

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Brian Holcomb

One of the many low budget shockers produced in the wake of Alfred Hitchcock's "Psycho", "Dementia 13" is a surprisingly effective knockoff with unique qualities of its own.

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TV Guide's Movie Guide

A little gem of gothic horror, stylishly helmed on a shoestring budget.

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Flixster Audience Score: 36% Flixster User Reviews
Christopher Heim
Not a bad schlocky horror flick overall, but the real reason this film is even remotely noteworthy is that it's the directorial debut of Francis Ford… More
AJ Verser
This is one of Coppola's first movies, it's low budget and it has a familiar story, but it's interesting to watch.
David Ladd
By the time this film was over, I couldn't help thinking that if it were made today, using modern technology and special effects, "Dementia 13"… More
Carlos Magalh„es
A lame, uneven story where nothing much really happens, and it's got evident shades of Psycho but is not even frightening.
Chris Weber
The mixture of gothic/Poe type stuff with a bit of Hitchcock is cool, and there are a couple of neat scenes, but this is really not all that special or… More
Pierluigi Puccini
Roger Corman gave a hand to Coppola, producing a decent thriller with Poe/Henry James gothic flavor, that also borrows a couple of elements from… More