director John Parker
“To what degree this film is a work of art, we are not certain but, in any case, it is strong stuff.” – Cahiers du cinéma
I watched this on a crappy public domain version on Amazon Prime, the version with the narration, and I’m still pretty sure that I’ve found another favorite film of all time.
An independently produced horror-noir originally without any words as Dementia, re-done here with some narration (by Ed McMahon of all people), Daughter of Horror is cheap and lurid art house Expressionism, outrageously weird and remarkably well-made (for its obvious low budget). It’s a nightmare of sexual violence starring an uncredited cast and featuring excellent cinematography.
The Surrealism is vivid, and even with the campy voice over, it’s brilliant. I like the camp as well as the highbrow qualities. I’m sort of beside myself, wishing I could lay hands on the apparently “out of print” Kino edition of the film that features restored copies of both versions. I need to see this again.
One of the most amazing, strange, obscure wonders that I’ve discovered in years.