Dementia 13 (1963)

35mm film, black and white, 1.66:1
mono, English

An American horror film directed by Francis Ford Coppola using the name Francis Coppola.

Plot Summary

When her husband dies from a heart attack, Louise Haloran fears that she's now going to miss out of a sizeable family inheritance. She travels to Ireland to visit the family's ancestral home and arrives in time to find the family commemorating the anniversary of the death of her late husband's sister by six years earlier. But Louise's arrival stirs up old family secrets that are best left forgotten…


* = uncredited

Directed by: Francis Coppola [real name: Francis Ford Coppola]
© [not given on screen]
Filmgroup Productions *
Produced by: Roger Corman
Associate Producer: Marianne Wood
Written by: Francis Coppola [real name: Francis Ford Coppola]
Second Unit Written by: Jack Hill
Second Unit Directed by: Jack Hill
Assistant Director: Richard Dalton
Set Director: Eleanor Neil [real name: Eleanor Coppola]
Script Supervisor: Angela Wadlow
Director of Photography: Charles Hanawalt
Camera Operator: John Vicario
Best Boy: Michael Vines
Edited by: Mort Tubor [real name: Morton Tubor] and Stuart O'Brien
Music by: Ronald Stein; Les Baxter *
Sound: Liam Saurin, Joseph Gross
Titles: Paul Julian
Art Direction: Albert Locatelli
Sculpture: Edward Delaney
Technical Advisor: Dr William Joseph Bryan Jr M.D.
Production Assistant: Eyemonn Callian
Technicians: Michael Purcell, Patrick Brady, Patrick Doyle, George Brady
Courtesies from: Aer Lingus, Irish International Airlines; Guiness Breweries, Dublin
Filmed at Ardmore Studios, Bray, Republic of Ireland

William Campbell (Richard Haloran)
Luana Anders (Louise Haloran)
Bart Patton (Billy Haloran)
Mary Mitchel (Kane)
Patrick Magee (Dr Justin Caleb)
Ethne Dunne (Lady Haloran)
Peter Read (John Haloran)
Karl Schanzer (Simon)
Ron Perry (Arthur)
Derry O'Donavan (Lillian)
Barbara Dowling (Kathleen Haloran)

Alternative Titles

Demencia 13 – Spain (television)
Djævelens borg
– Denmark
The Haunted and the Hunted
– UK
Nattens skräcknäste
– Sweden
Terrore alla 13 ora
– Italy

Extracts included in
100 Years of Horror (1996)
Clownhouse (1988)
The Horror of It All (1983)



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