Daughter of Horror (1955)

(a.k.a. DEMENTIA)
Article #691 by Dave Sindelar
Viewing date: 2-4-2003
Posting date: 7-4-2003
Directed by John Parker
Featuring Adrienne Barett, Bruno Ve Sota, Ben Roseman

An insane woman murders a man and finds herself running from the police.

Fans of THE BLOB will certainly remember that freaky movie the teenagers were watching in the movie theater; here it is in all its glory. In some ways, it’s not really a horror movie, but the underlying theme of madness and the darkly disturbing surrealness of the proceedings make it more horrifying than any number of more conventional horror movies. Except for some narration provided by Ed McMahon, there is no dialogue to the movie, though to call it a silent movie is to ignore the use of sound and music throughout, and though we hear no one talk, we do hear them laugh. The movie is about madness; madness pervades every frame of this movie, every arty shot, every close-up, and it is really unlike any other movie I’ve seen in this regard. Some people love this movie; some people hate it. Me, it depends on my mood, but I do think it is one of those movies to which a closer look should be given. It also features Angelo Rossitto in a cameo role.

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