Monday, June 6, 2016

Daughter Of Horror & Bluegrass From The Kentucky Mountains New Old Films On MindsiMedia

We have two recent additions to the MindsiMedia library of films that are at opposite ends of the entertainment spectrum. Although both were made around the same time.

First the latest addition to Crime Scene our collection of vintage crime movies & TV shows is an oddball film called "Daughter Of Horror". Despite the title this is more of a film noir than horror story. Originally produced as Dementia it's an early 1950's experimental film that is told without dialouge just music and sound effects. The film had trouble with the censors in New York so some cuts were made and narration added (by Ed MacMahon). That's also when the name was changed to Daughter Of Horror. 

It was directed & written by John Parker, produced by Parker along with Ben Roseman & Bruno VeSota. The film stars; Adrienne Barrett, Bruno VeSota, Ben Roseman and Angelo Rossitto. The sountrack is by noted avant-garde composer George Antheil and vocalized by Marni Nixon. Jazz musician Shorty Rogers and his band, the Giants, can be seen and heard performing in a night club scene.

No one associated with this film appears to have had much of a Hollywood carrer beyond the occasional bit parts, except for the musicians and Ed McMahon. Director, writer and producer John Parker made one other short feature that's even more obscure than this one. That one was entitled "En femme de l'horreur" and all that apparently survives is a trailer. It looks like it uses parts from "Daughter".

From the darkened streets of a nightmarish city we travel to the high mountains and blue grass of rural Kentucky for "The High Lonesome Sound". It's a 1963 film from the National Archives and here's their description: "Documentary: Explores the lives of Appalachian mountain people in a depressed area of Kentucky through spiritual and folk music. Presents songs by revivalist church congregations, coal miners, an unemployed worker, and members of a miner's family. Bill Monroe and the Bluegrass Boys, and the Shepherd Family perform. Explains that these poverty-stricken people maintain their traditions and dignity through their music." 

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