133) Dementia 13 (1963) Dir: Francis Ford Coppola Date Released: September 1963 Date Seen: May 15th, 2009 Rating: 2.25/5
Hard to feel much of anything while watching this slasher-cum-whodunnit. The characters aren't presented in such a way as to make them proper suspects--that would imply that they have personalities or characteristics that are developed enough to implicate them--and Coppola's script is so disorganized that it deprives the film of any tension. As such, Dementia 13's a neat collection of suggestive individual shots but not much else. Curious about The Terror (also 1963), a film Roger Corman is credited with but Coppola is supposed to have ghost-directed.