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17 June 1964 (USA) See more »
THREE SHOCKING MURDERS...did she DREAM them? ...or DO them? See more »
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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  (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)
Crew believed to be complete

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USA:83 min
Aspect Ratio:
2.55 : 1 See more »
Sound Mix:
Mono (RCA Sound Recording)

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The BFI has the only 35mm print in the UK.See more »
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Remake of Pesadilla (1963)See more »


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Dark and mysterioys psychological thriller in the vain of Psycho, 21 September 2005
Author: spacemonkey_fg from Puerto Rico

Title: Nightmare (1964)

Director: Freddie Francis (Dracula has Risen from the Grave)

Cast: Jennie Linden, David Knight, Moira Redmond

Review: Hammer Studios didn't just make movies about vampires, frankensteins creature and the mummy. Nope they also once in a while ventured into the territory of the suspenseful psychological thrillers. In my opinion these guys really suceeded in doing it! Nightmare is about this young girl named Janet who has been screwed in the head after she saw her own mother killing her father on the day of her birthday. So naturally the girl starts to experience horrendous nightmares of her mother repeatedly stabbing her father in the chest. And her mother continues to haunt her nightmares for years to the point where she cant even be in school anymore and has to be taken away to her legal guardians home. There she will try to grasp a bit of normality once again and calm down her nightmares...or will she? This movie was awesome! OK, first things off. Its fairly obvious that these guys were imitating Hithcocks style of directing. This movie came out just a few years after Hitchcocks Psycho did and it was just trying to ride on the tails of the popularity that Hitchcock had given to psychological thrillers. But so bleeping what? They did it right! I'm of the mind that if your going to imitate something you might as well do it the best way possible. And Freddi Francis did it with this here film.

The movie looks great. Freddie Francis has been known for filling his movies with beautiful scenes with lush and vivid colors (just see Dracula Has Risen From the Grave to understand what I mean) but here even though the film is in black and white, the movie looks incredibly beautiful. The house is perfectly illuminated to evoke dark feelings of fright. To chill you to the bone, hallways are filled with shadows and streaks of light...scenes only lit by the soft flame of candlelight. Perfectly eerie illumination that really helps makes the movie all that more nerve wrecking.

Standing true to its title, the film is filled with Nightmare-like sequences. Often times we will dwell into Janets mind and see the horrible nightmares that are tormenting her. Some of the sequences involving Janets vision were truly horrifying. There's this show stopping sequence in which Janet is seeing a lady in a long white dress and a scar on her face walking down a hallway that is incredibly creepy as hell! Anyhows, keeping its faithfulnes to Hitchcocks methods the film has a few twists and turns around the ending that end up being quite good. I enjoyed every second of them! The characters in the film (as they are in many of Hitchcocks films) are not squeaky clean perfectly honest people. I loved that about Hitchcocks films, how often times he would portray people as being really evil and not the "Leave it to Beaver" perfection that was seen back in those days. And here in Nightmare its no different. These characters are real scumbags and they will show their true colors by the end of the film.

This movie doesn't have any major stars, but they deliver great performances non the less. In fact the fact that I had never seen any of these actors before really helped in creating a tense mood. I had no idea what to expect from these characters.

All in all a really good suspenseful psychological thriller that will certainly not disappoint those in the mood for a good spooky mystery. Highly recommended.

Rating: 5 out of 5

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