Dementia 13 (1963)
Nearly a decade before he would win multiple Oscars for The Godfather, Coppola was a bushy-bearded UCLA graduate looking to break into the business. He found entry working as Corman’s jack-of-all-trades assistant before landing his first directing credit on Dementia 13—a black-and-white horror movie that attempted to cash in on the success of Alfred Hitchcock’s Pyscho.
To help sell the film to drive-in audiences, Corman came up with the idea of having moviegoers pass a “D-13 test” to prepare for the screams that awaited them. “If you fail the test…” lobby posters warned, “you will be asked to leave the theater!”
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