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Jimmy Sangster (written by)
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Release Date:
17 June 1964 (USA) See more »
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Tagline:
THREE SHOCKING MURDERS...did she DREAM them? ...or DO them? See more »
Plot:
Janet is a young student at a private school; her nights are troubled by horrible dreams in which she sees her mother... See more » | Add synopsis »
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Cast

  (in credits order) (verified as complete)
David Knight ... Henry Baxter
Moira Redmond ... Grace Maddox

Jennie Linden ... Janet
Brenda Bruce ... Mary Lewis
George A. Cooper ... John
Clytie Jessop ... Woman in White
Irene Richmond ... Mrs. Gibbs
John Welsh ... Doctor
Timothy Bateson ... Barman
Elizabeth Dear ... Janet as a Child
rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Isla Cameron ... Mother (uncredited)
Julie Samuel ... Maid (uncredited)
Hedger Wallace ... Sir Dudley (uncredited)

Directed by
Freddie Francis 
 
Writing credits
Jimmy Sangster (written by)

Produced by
Jimmy Sangster .... producer
 
Original Music by
Don Banks 
 
Cinematography by
John Wilcox 
 
Production Design by
Bernard Robinson 
 
Art Direction by
Don Mingaye 
 
Makeup Department
Roy Ashton .... makeup artist
Frieda Steiger .... hair stylist
 
Production Management
Don Weeks .... production manager
 
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Douglas Hermes .... assistant director
 
Art Department
Eric Hillier .... prop buyer (uncredited)
 
Sound Department
Jim Groom .... sound editor
Ken Rawkins .... sound recordist
Jim Perry .... boom operator (uncredited)
 
Special Effects by
Les Bowie .... special effects (uncredited)
 
Camera and Electrical Department
Ronnie Maasz .... camera operator
Geoff Glover .... focus puller (uncredited)
 
Costume and Wardrobe Department
Rosemary Burrows .... wardrobe mistress
 
Editorial Department
James Needs .... supervising editor
 
Music Department
John Hollingsworth .... music supervisor
 
Other crew
Pauline Harlow .... continuity (as Pauline Wise)
 
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USA:83 min
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Aspect Ratio:
2.55 : 1 See more »
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Mono (RCA Sound Recording)
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Trivia:
Jennie Linden was 11th hour casting choice replacing Julie Christie, who dropped out to do John Schlesinger's "Billy Liar.".See more »
Movie Connections:
Remake of Pesadilla (1963)See more »

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2 out of 2 people found the following review useful.
But I saw her!, 3 May 2012
Author: JohnRouseMerriottChard from United Kingdom

Nightmare is directed by Freddie Francis and written by Jimmy Sangster. It stars Moira Redmond, David Knight, Jennie Linden, Brenda Bruce, George A. Cooper and Clytie Jessop. Music is by Don Banks and cinematography by John Wilcox.

Young Janet (Linden) is subjected to nightmares about when she saw her insane mother knife her father to death. Sent home from boarding school to be in the care of her guardian, Janet continues to have nightmares about an unknown scar faced woman in white: Or does she?

Hammer Films had already had great success reinventing the Universal monster creature features. After Psycho in 1960, they set about producing a number of psychological based thrillers to seize the "are they, are they not mad"? zeitgeist. Most of these films have sadly become either forgotten or under seen. There is just cause to seek them out now, for while they hardly break any new ground for the hardened psycho thriller film fan, there is much artistry and craft on show to make the time spent with them well worth while. Plus, the best of them, of which Nightmare certainly belongs, often contain kicker twists or macabre like finales.

Nightmare is filmed in stark black and white HammerScope with director Francis, an ace cinematographer himself (The Innocents and latterly The Elephant Man), and Wilcox (The Evil of Frankenstein/Carve Her Name with Pride) brilliantly playing with film noirish shadows, eerie visuals and fluid sweeps of the camera. The family mansion at the centre of the story is perfect for such technical flourishes, while the trick in the tale is not letting the audience be sure about if poor Janet is actually witnessing a ghostly apparition or not? Once the answer is revealed, there is still a good third of the film to go, so it's with much credit to Sangster that the picture still has much to tell and surprise whilst keeping the suspense factor very high.

Is it flawless? As good as Hammer's unsung masterpiece in this sub-genre, Scream of Fear? No! Of course not. There's some over acting from the principal gals and the makers only just hold the attention span for some passages of the (pre)story. While there is the chance that avid followers of this type of genre piece, both English speaking or otherwise, might these days lose some surprise factor come the outcome. But fans of eerie and atmospheric black & white thrillers should definitely get on board here, for it's the creepy 1960s Hammer train and it's well worth buying a return ticket for. 8/10

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