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Stage Fright (1980)
"Nightmares" (original title)

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A little girl named Cathy tries to keep her mother from making out with a man while driving one day, and she inadvertently causes her mother's death in the car crash. 16 years later, Cathy ... See full summary »

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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Jenny Neumann ...
Helen Selleck
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Terry Besanko
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Judy
Max Phipps ...
George D'alberg
John Michael Howson ...
Bennett Collingswood (as John-Michael Howson)
Edmund Pegge ...
Bruce
Sue Jones ...
Fay
Adele Lewin ...
Sue
Briony Behets ...
Angela
Maureen Edwards ...
Mother
Bryon Williams ...
Father
Peter Tulloch ...
Brian
Malcolm Steed ...
Doctor
Denise Peterson ...
Bad Auditionee
Tania Uren ...
Nurse
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A little girl named Cathy tries to keep her mother from making out with a man while driving one day, and she inadvertently causes her mother's death in the car crash. 16 years later, Cathy has changed her name to Helen and has become a psychotic actress. Things are going fine until horrible things starts to happened with the cast of her new play. Written by Ørnås

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Screams of terror... silenced only by the splintering of glass! See more »

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Horror | Thriller

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30 October 1980 (Australia)  »

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AUD 500,000 (estimated)
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The character of Bennett Collingswood was based on a film critic who despised director John D. Lamond's work. See more »

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Aargh.
16 June 2004 | by (Brisbane, Australia) – See all my reviews

This is clearly a bad film, but I can't help watching it when there's nothing better to do. A lot of bad movies are like that, right? "Nightmares" concerns Jenny Neumann slashing people to death with broken glass for seemingly no reason. She caused her mother's death by accident when she was a kid because she didn't like her cheating with another man, and now goes out to deal her own kind of warped justice on young lovers and her fellow cast in some stage show she is acting in.

The plot doesn't seem to go anywhere other than to make sure the rest of the characters are killed off. The crew also try and put a great deal of effort into disguising who the killer is, but it's blatantly obvious from the start. The nauseating POV shots become completely ridiculous in the end, with the camera just meandering through dark halls for at least two minutes for no reason. At one point, the shot even freezes for five seconds! The lighting is absolutely horrendous, and most of the time it is too dark to see what is going on. The camera seems to like to stay focused on empty corridors and rooms, and then pan slightly to a doorway to show a character entering or exiting. Why not have the camera on the door the whole time? It's very hard to ignore all this shoddy work, and really drags the film down.

There is quite a bit of blood and gore, and the effects are actually quite good. Jenny Neumann certainly adds beauty to the film also, but it isn't enough to save this murky disaster. Pity really. Anyway, not a good film at all, but certainly not the worst horror flick out there.


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