Also known under the title Dementia, director John Parkerís Daughter of Horror, released in 1955, won wide acclaim for its original storyline and exploitation of nightmarish camera angles. The film is entirely without dialogues, the story being masterfully narrated by Ed McMahon (Tonight Show). Parker sticks to no hackneyed formulas of moviemaking in his surrealistic rendition of a young woman driven to madness and serial homicide by her nightmarish past. It marked a new genre of mystery/horror movies that leaves the audience bewildered and terrified because of the quick, ruthless succession of events. The unconventional treatment, employing selective flashbacks to enhance the theme of unfolding madness, is adroitly supplemented by Adrienne Barrettís accomplished depiction of the haunted woman. A2ZCDS brings a fully restored and re-mastered version of this classic, timeless tale of private terror.
Nothing is known of the young woman (Adrienne Barrett) who wakes up in a cold sweat in her cheap hotel room. The dregs of her nightmare convey that she is being overwhelmed by a sense of impending doom. And indeed, Doom is constantly whispering in her ear Ė and ours - in the ominous Narratorís voice (Ed McMahon) . A fluttering newspaper announces that a serial murderer is on the prowl. As she aimlessly walks the benighted streets she is picked up by a cheap solicitor of women who passes her on to the Lecher (Richard Barron) while an ever-vigilant detective Ė a look-alike of her murdered father (Ben Rosenman) looks on without comment. The Womanís haunted past visits her again and again as the Narrator takes her back to the grisly scene of her parentís violent death, and accusing silhouettes of her previous victims.
Her terror is followed by the fury of degradation as the Lecher pays her scant heed in his sumptuous high-rise apartment, preferring an orgy of food instead. Does he know what he was playing with as he plunges to his death to the alley below? Will the mysterious detective finally catch up with her? Find out in this hair-raising tale of warped childhood come to murderous maturity in this fully restored classic feature film DVD from a2zcds.com.
unning Time: 60 Minutes
MPAA Ratings: NR
"The terror of the past gains nightmarish proportions in the present as director John Parkerís Daughter of Horror relates the story of a young woman teetering on the brink of insanity. Shot entirely in night-darkened apartments and streets to effectively bring out the psychological tension, the film is a true cliffhanger of suspense and escalating dread as it crescendos to a terrifying climax of paranoid guilt and murder. The viewer cannot but identify with the pathetic state of the young woman who finds no escape from a violent past. The eerie atmosphere that pervades throughout this classic vintage horror film is reminiscent of other cinematographic masterpieces by Roman Polanski and Alfred Hitchcock."
"I thought Iíd seen the best of them, but Daughter of Horror from A2ZCDS takes the ribbon. What disturbed me the most is that this could well be the story of many anonymous maniacs on the loose today. The depth of psychological insight into a highly disturbed mind is surprising in such an early film. I would not recommend it to all age groups, but it is definitely a priceless adult watching experience."
Jessica M. Futardo (Racine, WISCONSIN)
" Daughter of Horror gave me the genuine, unqualified creeps. What Adrienne Barrett has achieved in her accomplished silent role of a mentally deranged woman must be without parallel in movie history. This is one of those feature films that makes you long nostalgically for the pure technique of black and white film making all over again. Donít watch this one alone OR with your kids!"
Harvey Pollock (Lawrence, KANSAS)
CAST & CREW:
William C. Thompson - Cinematography
Joseph Gluck- Editor
Ed Hinkle - Butler
Faith Parker - Nightclub Dancer
Shorty Rogers -
Ben Roseman - Gamine's Father/Plainclothes Cop
Angelo Rossitto - Newsboy
Gayne Sullivan - Wino
Bruno VeSota - Rich Man
Jebbie VeSota - Flower Girl
Shelley Berman - Stoned Beatnik (uncredited)
Jonathan Haze - (uncredited)
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