Dementia 13 (1963)

A groovy Corman/Coppola jam that plays better while squinting into the schlock to see seeds of that Coppola gold. There’s a lot of genuinely arresting imagery here, all gothic-tinged and rendered in spooky B&W. An extended sequence involving the heroine de-roboing to plant some dolls at the bottom of a swamp only to discover a rotting corpse in said swamp and then getting (SPOILER ALERT) decapitated by an axe-wielding murderer upon resurfacing is an excellent bait and switch. While certainly rudimentary, Coppola: The Great Screenwriter is definitely coming into focus here. One of those delicious low-budget spook shows that would play great as background imagery at a Halloween party.

Watched on YouTube

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