Dementia 13 (aka The Haunted and the Hunted) - 1963

Year: 1963
Director: Francis Ford Coppola
Screenplay: Francis Ford Coppola
Producer: Roger Corman
Actors: William Campbell, Luana Anders, Bart Patton, Mary Mitchell, Patrick Magee, Peter Reed, Eithne Dunn


Produced by Roger Corman and directed by a young Francis Ford Coppola (later to direct "The Godfather", "Bram Stoker's Dracula" and "Apocalypse Now"), this superb low-budget movie (made for $22,000 dollars!) was not a commercial success. It has an outstanding opening, a few outstandingly poetic children/toys sequences, is pervaded by a morbid aura of general madness and offer a few sequences which must have been extremely violent by 1962 standards! All this things plus an amazing "mad-children"/"crazy-toys" spine-chilling soundtrack which is guaranteed to delight and thrill Devil Doll music lovers. Composed by Ronald Stein (who wrote many scores for Roger Corman, including the totally different in mood but equally Devil-Doll-esque THE HAUNTED PALACE) it is now featured on a CD compilation dedicated to Stein issued on the Varese Sarasande label and entitled NOT OF THIS EARTH. The Main Title Theme has been praised by Mr. Doctor, who even arranged/orchestrated a Devil Doll version (unreleased until now). The theme from Dementia 13 has been played before a Devil Doll live concert in 1992. Three photographs from DEMENTIA 13 are included on page 15 of DIES IRAE?s booklet:

1) DEATH at its most poetic (a quasi pre-Raffaellitian photo of a dead child)
2) DEATH at its most brutal (in full contrast with the previous image, the slaughtered body of a woman, still with eyes wide open)
3) DREAM: a surreal image with two hands of a child playing with a toy trumpet.

-Jane and Francis-