Dementia (1955) 1080p

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Film-Noir | Horror
Frame Rate:
24 fps
No linguistic content 2.0  
Run Time:
56 min
IMDB Rating:
6.8 / 10 
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Directors: John Parker [Director] ,

Movie Description:
As the narrator invites us to explore the horrors of an insane mind, a young woman wakes from a nightmare in a cheap hotel room. We follow her through the skid-row night and encounters with an abusive husband; a wino; a pimp and the rich man he panders for; a flashback to her traumatic childhood; violence; pursuit through dark streets; dementia. Filmed in film-noir style throughout; only the narrator speaks.


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"Fantasia" meets "Eraserhead"

If David Lynch had not seen "Dementia" before he made "Eraserhead," I would be legitimately shocked. This low-budget fever dream follows a young woman and a series of bizarre encounters she has during one night in Los Angeles's skid row. There is not a plot here so to speak, but what one-time director John Parker crafts is a moody, thoroughly strange odyssey--a dark night of the soul, if there ever was one.

Parker wrote and directed the film (originally intended to be a short), based on a dream his secretary, Adrienne Barrett (who portrays the leading woman in the film) had. For all its budgetary limitations and novice talents behind (and in front of) the camera, "Dementia" is surprisingly well-made. Though the film contains absolutely no dialogue, the actors communicate the characters' thoughts with precision, and the lack of speech does nothing to hinder the proceedings.

Parker manages to incorporate subtle themes surrounding the nameless protagonist, all communicated via dream sequences and moments of pure uncanny. Is she a murderess? How did she end up on skid row? What has she done? What is she capable of? These questions are punctuated by a score that ranges from jazzy (during club scenes) to ominous and utterly threatening (during chase sequences and other moments of terror). It all builds to a crescendo, ramping up to a conclusion that is reminiscent of Herk Harvey's "Carnival of Souls" (which "Dementia" also predates).

After finishing "Dementia," I was somewhat gobsmacked--not necessarily because of its content, but rather because it seemed so clear to me that this little-movie-that-could had such a far-reaching influence on the horror genre, but has never really receive due credit. It manages to map out a formula that would come to be very popular and important in the genre, and it manages to perturb and perplex by turns. Likely a far more historically important film than we know it to be. 9/10.

Wonderful Nightmare

'Dementia' is experimental horror film with elements of film noir and expressionist cinema. Also known as 'Daughter of Horror' but that version includes narration by Ed McMahon. I personally prefer the original one without it as the narration gives the film slightly Ed Wood vibe. Probably because the film balances on the thin edge of good taste/bad taste.

Made in 1953 but released in 1955 after going through many cuts to please the censors. 'Dementia' is not classical horror/slasher/exploitation flick, but it is a wonderful nightmarish trip into the paranoid (and perhaps, guilt ridden) mind of a lonely woman (Adrienne Barrett). The film is not meant to be understood wholly (and I don't even try to explain the plot or its possible meanings here as I probably didn't get it myself) - does the heroine wakes up from nightmare or wakes into nightmare. The film definitely has some Freudian undertones with father/law enforcer character. 'Dementia' is rather a mood film than simple storytelling. If one is in the mood to to take a trip into surreal twisted noirish cityscape. The film might look cinematically bit sloppy (probably thanks to the inexperience of director John Parker to whom it seems the only film he directed), but nonetheless it is a demanding and powerful stuff. Unique cinematic experience.

The role of a Rich Man was played by Bruno VeSota (he was also one of the producers) who later became regular actor in several Roger Corman productions.

The film, the runied sound track, the fix

The 1955 film is an abstract expressionist take on a dark and disturbing subject. Not for all tastes, but I find it entrancing. A masterpiece. The original sound track is brilliant, with music that was composed by George Antheil, an American avant-garde composer who lived from 1900 to 1959.

Then some knuckleheads bought the rights to the film and decided it needed some histrionic narration thrown in here and there. The narration is a distracting annoyance and detracts seriously from the film. Many people on complained about this and despaired over what could be done. Several people claimed the narrator is Ed McMahon, the intro man for the old Johnny Carson show. I don't know how they came to this conclusion. One enterprising person created his own electronic musical soundtrack, but that eliminated all the original audio. So how can you watch it with the original soundtrack but without that imbecilic narration? I found a way.

I ported the video file to an audio WAV file (using freeware tools) and opened it in Audacity, a wonderful tool for audio editing, also available as freeware. Whenever that annoying voice appeared, I selected that portion of the audio stream and set it to silent. Then I copied a nearby portion of sound from the original sound track equivalent in time and pasted it over the silent portion. I used VirtualDub (more freeware) to apply the modified sound track to the video. The resulting sound track is narration free! We have the original Dementia back! Find it at
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