Movie Review: Dementia 13 (1963)

Synopsis: While on a row boat with her husband, John, Louise Haloran gets in an argument with him over his mother's will when he has a sudden heart attack and dies. Throwing his body overboard, she pretends he was called away on business and visits her mother-in-law's estate in Ireland in an effort to get her to change her mind. However, the woman's obession over her dead daughter and an axe-wielding killer bring an end to her plans.

Who's in it? The movie stars William Campbell, Luana Anders, Patrick Magee, Mary Mitchel and Eithne Dunne.

Review: I came across this film on one of my movie channels a couple days ago and, since it sounded interesting, decided to take the time to watch it. It wasn't quite what I was expecting it to be but it ended up being a fairly decent mystery film.

The thing I liked about this movie was the way it managed to give off an eery vibe pretty much from the minute Louise (Anders) arrives at her husband's family estate. The family's annual private funeral ceremony was weird in itself but, as she began exploring, it was apparent there was more going on than what first appeared. And, this is before the axe murderer shows up, adding a whole new element of danger (and getting away with some surprise murders).

I was able to correctly guess at who the killer was but the film does a great job at least attempting not to make it as clear-cut as expected. Since pretty much everyone associated with the family acts strange, there was no shortage of suspects. Any of them would be believable as a killer. 

There was also the part about someone trying to use the deceased daughter to lure the family matriarch (Dunne) to her death.  Was it related to her will? Or was there another reason she was being targeted? Every minute I watched this movie, I felt like there was more to the story that had yet to be revealed.

Final Opinion: The plot is relatively simple and, as I said, I was ultimately able to guess who the bad guy was and why. However, the film is still worth watching simply because of the great way it sets the mood. 

My Grade: A


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