DAUGHTER OF HORROR (dementia) (1953 U.S.) D/W/P: "JOHN PARKER"
Adriene Barrett stars in this pretty fascinating noir mystery that nobody has ever officially taken credit for. Some, including uncredited cast member Jonathan Haze claim that it was made by Bruno Ve Sota, a talented actor and director (FEMALE JUNGLE) who kinda looks like Orson Welles` low-budget brother. Ed McMahon provides the opening narration ("this is my world") as we enter Barrett`s dark and sleazy hotel room lit only by the flashing neon sign outside. The excellent, moody b/w photography is by William C. Thompson (who shot Ed Wood films among others) and could rival any classic film noir. Barrett awakens from a nightmare and goes outside where she buys a newspaper from dwarf Angelo Rossitto. "Mysterious stabbing" cries the headline, a stabbing which we learn during the 55 min. running time may have been committed by Barrett. I don`t want to give the whole story away here, but suffice to say that Barrett ends up with a rich fat guy (Ve Sota), is led through her past in a graveyard by a "demon" in a suit with a black head and there`s a scene in a beatnik jazz club. It was filmed with no sound, so there`s no spoken dialogue at all. Just McMahon`s narration (or you can get versions without that) and an interesting soundtrack (that copies the one from Hitchcocks`s SPELLBOUND) by George Antheil that`s sung by Marnie Nixon (Natalie Wood`s singing voice in WEST SIDE STORY). DAUGHTER OF HORROR is no masterpiece, but it is a very well-made, atmospheric experiment that deserves more recognition. Some scenes are brilliant. The teens at the theatre attacked by THE BLOB are watching a graveyard scene from this.