Dementia 13

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In Brief: Francis Ford Coppola’s feature directing debut, Dementia 13, may not be perfect, but it is essential viewing for the horror completist. Co-written by Coppola with pre-eminent schlockmeister Jack Hill (Spider Baby, Foxy Brown) and produced by the venerable Roger Corman, this film is arguably the genesis of the slasher subgenre. Sure, it’s got its problems and ultimately amounts to little more than a cheap Psycho knockoff, but it’s a chance to see a then-24-year-old Coppola on the verge of finding his authorial voice, and that alone is worth the price of admission.
Genre: Horror
Director: Francis Ford Coppola
Starring: William Campbell, Luana Anders, Patrick Magee, Bart Patton, Mary Mitchell
Rated: NR

The Thursday Horror Picture Show will screen Dementia 13 on Thursday, June 28, at 8 p.m. at The Black Cloud, located on the lower level at 723 Haywood Road, with an introduction by Xpress movie critic Scott Douglas.


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