Wednesday, October 24, 2012

Halloween Countdown, Daughter of Horror Todays Classic Film

Our MindsiMedia Midnight Movies Playlist has a number of classic and not so classic film offerings. For the next week we will offer one of these from our vault.

Uploaded by on Jan 9, 2012
Only a dream. A dream of madness on a dark night. Or was it?"

Join us on a lonely woman's descent into madness over the course of an evening. This is a dark low budget surreal masterpiece on a par with Carnival of Souls or Eraserhead. There is some spare narration (from Ed McMahon) from time to time, music and sound effects but no conversation.

It is a skid row Hollywood evening is full of strange encounters with a little child, a flower girl and others. Like a wino who attacks her in an alley and when a policeman breaks it up and pistol whips the guy she laughs. Then he continues to pummel the man as she casually walks away.

Following that she gets picked up by a pimp who sells her out to a cigar smoking fat cat in a chauffeured limousine. He takes her out to a series of nightclubs then as they are driving around she begins to hallucinate and we are taken on a trip to a cemetery where we meet her parents an alcoholic bum and a lazy tramp who had one fight too many.

They end up back at the fat cat's apartment and following a meal the night really goes to hell in a hand basket and well the police become involved. There is a chase sequence where she shows outstanding running ability for a woman in heels. She eventually finds "safety" in another hallucination this one ends up in a jazz freak out with Shorty Rogers doing a tune called "Wig Out".

There's more (involving violent death and dismemberment) but really do you need to hear anymore? This gem is well worth the hour or so that it will occupy your time.

Originally made in 1953 under the name "Dementia" it wasn't released until 1955 under the title "Daughter of Horror". Director John Parker also made The Brain Eaters and Attack of the Giant Leeches. It stars first time actress Adrienne Barrett whose next film wouldn't come until thirty years later in 1986 "The More Things Change".

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