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Christopher Webster [DVD News 03.21.11] movie news dvd horror cult thriller

Awesome news cult movie fans! Film Chest is making Dementia 13 available to fans, restored and in Blu-ray HD for the first time ever. For years, it was rumored that this Corman/Coppola shocker had mysteriously disappeared, but thanks to HD CInema Classics and Film Chest it's been recovered.

Produced by celebrated B-movie icon Roger Corman and directed by the legendary Francis Ford Coppola, 1963’s terror-ific Dementia 13 is available on DVD/Blu-ray combo pack April 26 (though Amazon says March 29?).

Considered Coppola’s first mainstream, “legitimate” directorial effort, this gothic psychological thriller – based on a story idea Corman penned in one night – was shot for a budget of $42,000. The majority of the American actors were college pals of Coppola, many of whom paid their own way to Ireland for the opportunity to appear in a film.

Although Coppola promised “lots of sex and violence,” Corman later battled with Coppola and hired director Jack Hill to shoot additional scenes of carnage.

Video of Corman discussing the lost print and a full synopsis after the break! You can pre-order the film here.

After inadvertently causing her husband’s fatal heart attack, Louise, a scheming young woman (Luana Anders, Easy Rider, The Last Detail, TV’s Santa Barbara), attempts to have herself written into her wealthy mother-in-law’s will.

Forging a letter from her deceased spouse to convince his family he’s away on business, Louise – determined to get into their good graces – pays a surprise visit to the ancestral home in Ireland. With other family members gathered at the foreboding castle, she joins in a morbid ritual to honor Kathleen, her sister-in-law who died mysteriously seven years earlier.

When an axe-wielding lunatic begins murderously stalking the gatherers, her plans are permanently interrupted. But which one is the killer? Is Louise – or one of the other peculiar mourners, each with a dark motive – willing to do anything to gain fortune?

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