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383 Ratings


Directed by John Parker
United States, 1955
Film noir, Horror, Mystery


A girl lies in a cheap hotel room. She gets dressed and goes onto the street. She is assaulted by a drunk. A cop brutally attacks the drunk. Then the girl is led to a limousine… Shot without dialogue and filled with psycho-sexual imagery, Dementia is like a skid row expressionist thriller.

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Dementia Directed by John Parker

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  • feza's rating of the film Dementia

    Birçok kişi için birşey ifade etmeyecektir bu film fakat yapıldığı yıl itibariyle iyi bir korku-gerilim filmi olmuş.

  • Dr Rage's rating of the film Dementia

    Taking into consideration the era in which this was done and the probability that it was done on a very low budget I'm quite impressed. The cinematography is cutting edge for the era, the lighting was in an impressive noir style and the pacing was quite good as well, the end montage sequence was quite fast paced for 1955, ahead of it's time in some aspects. Some very creative moments using simple ideas.

  • Novak Jankovic's rating of the film Dementia

    A film noire masterpiece. Why we did not hear about this film before? It is more exciting and sensual than any of the special effects crap we get today.

  • El Biffo's rating of the film Dementia

    WoW. Incredible. To label this a mere horror film would be a grave injustice. It reminds me of ERASERHEAD or CREMASTER, but is better than either of those great films. Essentially a silent film with an eerie, avant-garde soundtrack, this is must-see for lovers of experimental and strange cinema. Imagine if Tod Browning had collaborated with Maya Derin. It even has a cameo by Angelo Rossitto, of FREAKS(1932), one of

  • Greg S.'s rating of the film Dementia

    A film that perfectly appeals to my sensibilities. Unfolds like a pulp crime story that descends into a case study for insanity with bursts of surrealism (with obvious nods to Bunuel). The film's underground quality also gives the film a real settling authenticity to menace the city is filled with. Its also one of the only films where the 'its only a dream' cliche makes the film more unsettling. Masterpiece for me,

  • msmichel's rating of the film Dementia

    If Guy Maddin coveted 50's noir instead of pre-sound pictures his work might look something like this demented treasure. John Parker's sole feature was a dialogue free journey into madness that follows a young woman into a world of wife beaters, criminals and other deviants....or perhaps just into her own sick mind. Well shot, on an obvious low budget, with a great score by George Antheil. Worth seeking out.

  • mjgildea's rating of the film Dementia

    An odd, odd movie. It's narrated by Ed McMahon and is an Ed Woodesque horror story told through a film noir lens. There's no dialogue outside of the narration and while it has some creepy imagery, it's also full of close-ups of grotesque humanity that are just as disturbing as the worst horror movies I've seen. The ending was predicable as hell but this movie was a weird, fun ride.

  • panagiotatos's rating of the film Dementia

    7,5/10, a cult classic. Haunting music, psychoanalytical references, nice photography and sets, mysterious plot. It makes you wonder what is truth and what is not.

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