Electronic Press Kit "en Femme de l'Horreur"

black & white, 22 minute
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en Femme de l'Horreur


SYNOPSIS

In the dull glow of night the Gamine sits nervously on the hotel mattress. Her hands twist at the sheets as she forces herself not to think, to remember.

Will this nightmare ever end? How many nights must she leave her room, desperate for money, looking for a way to escape?

The police are everywhere. One police man in particular relentlessly watches her every move. Is it that he looks her father or is it a paranoid delusion?

She walks the city streets meeting a tall thin looking man who can offer her what she is looking for. He brings her to a rich man who's looking for that special kind of girl.

The rich man takes her up to his penthouse to indulge in his private sexual perversions. But when he pulls her close she stabs him with a hidden switchblade knife. He falls screaming from the skyscraper balcony.

Running away in terror, she comes upon the body of the rich man lying in the alley. He still holds her pendant in his hand, the one he grasped from her neck as he fell.

Surrounded by shadowy ghouls from her past, she takes her knife and cuts the pendant from his dead body. But wait! The police man saw her and begins closing in. She runs blindly down an alley when a hand reaches out, pulling her through a locked door. She is safe. Safe at last.

Driven to murder. Living in a nightmare of tormented memories. Running from the horror, the insanity that will track you down.

This is my life.   Let me lead you into it...




DAUGHTER OF HORROR
ORIGINAL TITLE
‘Dementia' 1953 / 61 minute
‘Daughter of Horror' 1955 / 56 minute

PRODUCTION
company

director/writer
co-director
producer
assoc. producer

production assoc.

dir. photography
camera
lighting
production design
film editor
special effects
sound effects
sound
music
musical director
featured voice
featured artist
H.K.F  (Dementia)
Explotation Prod.
John Parker
Bruno VeSota
John Parker
Bruno VeSota
Ben Roseman
Everett Baker
Albert Duvall
W.C. Thompson
un-credited UCL
Albert Duvall
Ben Roseman
Joseph Gluck
Abert Simpson
Mike Pozen
Buddy Myers
George Antheil
Ernest Gold
Marni Nixon
Shorty Rogers
   and his Giants
CAST
Narrator
The Gamine
Rich Man
Father/Detective
Evil One
Newspaper Hawk
Butler
Mother
Hightclub Dancer
Wino
Flower Girl
Jazz Musician
Ed McMahon
Adrienne Barrett
Bruno VeSota
Ben Roseman
Richard Barron
Angelo Rossitto
Ed Hinkle
Lucille Rowland
Faith Parker
Gayne Sullivan
Jebbie VeSota
Shorty Rogers
 

FILMMAKER’S STATEMENT

It is not often one can find a crime story that has the impact, critical appreciation and timeless storytelling found in a film like 'Dementia', 1953.

Wandering in the depth of public domain, 'Daughter of Horror', the film's 1955 release, still maintains a cult classic following. To those among us who cherish this film as I do, my adaptation recognizes the music to be as important as its visual storytelling. Scoring by George Antheil and jazz by Shorty Rogers and his Giants. The soundtrack has memorable themes and music.

I also choose this film for the narration. Stunning. Dramatic. Able to inflict fear, at will. The voice of Ed McMahon breathed life into the script. Director and screenwriter John Parker tapped onto this soon to be television legend, at an early part of his career.

The back story is altered. We step into questionable sexual taboos, brutality, paedophilia, gender disphoria, enslavement, murder, insanity, the evil within us. So much of this was taught to us as we grew up. Then there were those authentic films made for us to watch in school, about these subjects, these feelings. To help us understand.


And most importantly, what is normal behaviour.

This leads us back to the first question the movie asks. Has anything changed?



Thank you, and be normal…

-- Maki





en Femme de l'Horreur
  22 minute, black and white, stereo
  DVD, beta-SP, digital encoding

international
customs
declaration
*cultural purposes only
*no commercial value
*non-pornographic

copyright 2013..2016 (CC0)
Natalis Group LLC

PRODUCTION
  company:
     Natalis Group LLC
     http://www.NatalisGroup.com
  postproduction:
     Spirit Studios
  director:
     Maki



CONTRIBUTING FILM FOOTAGE
  "Daughter of Horror"
  "Sex Madness"
  "Prophets of Perversion"
  News Reel (Coney Island)
  News Reel (WWII)
  "Boys Beware"
  "Day in the Death of Donny"
  Experiments (Russia)
  Experiments (Hypnosis)
  Erotica (France)
  Erotica (USA)
  "What to do in a Gas Attack"
  "Terrible Truth"
  Stag ("Honey")
  Stag ("Olga")
  "Mental Health"
  "How to Undress"
  "Facing Reality"
  "Explotation"
1955
1945
1968
1940
1937
1950
1964
1940
1951
1940
1960
1943
1951
1966
1955
1952
1937
1955
1963

All movies and music are designated in and allocated from the public domain: Archive.org, Perlinger Archives
 

PRODUCTION NOTES

This film relies solely on the music, voice and Foley within the original movie. With such great music and mystery, 'en Femme de l'Horreur' plays homage to a great soundtrack.

The voice of Marni Nixon immortalizes this movie. Her sound became the signature motif for a whole genre of mystery and horror films that follow. Ed McMahon’s fierce narration makes you believe. Jazz legend Shorty Rogers and the Giants played on stage with new songs during the cabaret scenes.

This adaptation follows the original screenplay with scenes matched to their new score and tempo. Most flaws in Foley are fixed, again only from what is available on the original footage. Some flaws are endearing and left 'as-is' on the soundtrack, as in the sound of an electrical switch being turned on than off by an unknown film room technician.

The back story is spirited with era-correct educational and exploitation films, to help you understand and question your hidden insanity. Come on. Are you really that normal?




PRODUCTION PRINCIPLE


 Maki, filmmaker/designer




Maki works in L.A. and Seattle producing music, entertainment, and commercial programs for web, DVD, television and independent film.


While earning his living as a club musician in Detroit, he received his MFA from the Cranbrook Academy of Art. Combining traditional art training with digital filmmaking, multimedia and sound design, Maki launched Spirit Studios in 1999.


He creates short films & animations, published several music concert DVD, designs soundtracks for independent feature films and consulting Art Director to a fortune 500 company.