Interview: ‘Dementia 13’ Actress Julia Campanelli

Dementia 13 is credited as Francis Ford Coppola’s first feature film. This horror features a family full of secrets as they gather together to pay respects to their deceased youngest daughters life. With all the secrets floating around, the truth needs to start coming out or people will die, one by one. Throughout the night a ghost seeking vengeance emerges alongside a mysterious killer.

So why are we talking about a film that was created in 1963? Because, the remake of Dementia 13 is out now in select Theaters, VOD and Digital HD. Julia Campanelli, is one of the stars of the remake, she plays Gloria Haloran. Campanelli recalls the creepy feel there was while filming. “It was so creepy, the castle that we filmed in was truly haunted.” Most of the film takes place in an isolated castle and Campanelli talked about how the castle was abandoned by the previous owners, who just seemed to “pack up and leave everything behind them.”

To add to the off-screen fear factor, the crew decided to play some pranks. “They dressed up as a clown and it freaked everyone out” she said. “We will get them back for it though.”

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Chiller Films ‘Dementia 13’

Pranks aside, Campanelli loved the bonding time she had with her fellow co-stars. ”We had so much fun together, we talked and played games, everyone got along together so well. Those were some of my favorite memories,” she recalls.

The film is really intriguing and suspenseful and the chemistry the actors and crew had that Campanelli speaks of, shows on-screen.

Director Richard LeMay updates this remake and gives it a fresh more modern feel with some extra chills, while honoring the original by keeping true to the story.

As the interview concludes, the joyfully exuberant Campanelli states, “This was my first horror movie, can you believe that?!”

Certainly can, it sure seems like it will be the first of many to come.

You can see Julia Campanelli in Dementia 13, which is out now in select Theaters (check your local listings), VOD and Digital HD

Must See Movies Of The Week (Oct 3)

October has arrived and a new batch of movies are releasing for home entertainment. This week offers some good VOD choices and limited theatrical ones you must see. Here are the most see movies for the week of October 3 on Blu-ray/DVD, VOD and limited theatrically.

A GHOST STORY:

Oscar winner Casey Affleck and Rooney Mara star in this haunting tale (no pun intended) about love, life, loss and the meaning of existence. The film follows a white-sheeted ghost (for real) that follows his wife along her life journey after his passing (Affleck’s character). This is an obscure and eccentric film that is meant to drive conversation and push debate. It’s not everyone’s cup of tea, but it sure is interesting. It’s not the spookiest of flicks, but it is fairly suspenseful and mysterious. If you give this film a chance (you should should) there is a lot to be derived from the story. This film is best digested by watching and brining your personal interpretation to it.

BLU-RAY / DVD SPECIAL FEATURES

  • Audio Commentary with Director David Lowery, Cinematographer Andrew Droz Palermo, Production Designer Jade Healy, and Composer Daniel Hart
  • A Ghost Story and the Inevitable Passing of Time” Featurette
  • “A Composer’s Story” Featurette
  • Deleted Scene

A Ghost Story is available now on Blu-ray and DVD 

Trailer: ‘Dementia 13’ Official Trailer

This movie wasn’t even on my radar, until now. The official trailer for Chiller Films Dementia 13 launched and it looks promising and just in time for the Halloween season. Check it out below.

Dementia 13 is the retelling of Francis Ford Coppola’s film of the same name, which was produced by Roger Corman. 

The film was written by Dan DeFilippo (The Invaders and Chilling Visions: 5 States of Fear) and Justin Smith (SiREN, THE BOY), is directed by Richard LeMay (Blood Bound, Naked As We Come) and stars Channing Pickett (Redheads Anonymous), Marianne Noscheze (Horror Time), Christian Ryan (Celebrity Ghost Stories, Casters), Julia Campanelli (116) and Ana Isabelle (The Eyes, Lost Cat Corona).

Chiller Films will be releasing DEMENTIA 13 in Theaters on October 6th and on VOD and Digital HD on October 10th.