Dementia 13
Dementia 13 (1963)

A series of axe murders is extinguishing the members of an Irish family one by one, and the motive turns out to be a large inheritance. The first quasi-mainstream film directed by Francis Ford Coppola, Dementia 13 was produced and financed… More

Rated: Unrated
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Release Date: September 25, 1963
DVD Release Date: December 22, 1998
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Critic Score: 67% 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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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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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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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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Matt Brunson
Creative Loafing

This early effort remains an interesting part of Coppola's filmography -- certainly more than such latter-day stinkbombs as Jack and Youth Without Youth.

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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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Flixster Audience Score: 36% Flixster User Reviews
Carlos Magalh„es
This low-budget horror film produced by Roger Corman and directed by Coppola before he went on the become a famous filmmaker has evident shades of Psycho but is… More
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
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 V
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
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