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Writers:
Colin Eggleston (screenplay)
John D. Lamond (original idea) ...
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Release Date:
30 October 1980 (Australia) See more »
Genre:
Tagline:
Many motion pictures promise you terror but this one is truly frightening! See more »
Plot:
A little girl named Cathy tries to keep her mother from making out with a man while driving one day... See more » | Add synopsis »
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Best of Severin Films: ‘Nightmares’ as unstable as a one-legged pirate walking a tightrope
 (From SoundOnSight. 29 September 2011, 3:23 PM, PDT)

DVD: DVD: Nightmares
 (From The AV Club. 12 July 2011, 10:00 PM, PDT)

Nightmares
 (From JustPressPlay. 25 June 2011, 12:05 PM, PDT)

User Reviews:
"It went off without a hitch". See more (14 total) »

Cast

  (in credits order)
Jenny Neumann ... Helen Selleck

Gary Sweet ... Terry Besanko

Nina Landis ... 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
John Harris ... Policeman #1
Gary Day ... Policeman #2
Joy Westmore ... Matron
Lise Rodgers ... Mousy Auditionee
Doug Bowles ... Babysitter
Rossana Zuanetti ... Girl in Lane
Gene Van Dam ... Boy in Lane
Angela Menzies-Wills ... Lover in Bed
rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Jennie Lamond ... Young Helen Selleck (uncredited)
John D. Lamond ... Man crossing street (uncredited)

Directed by
John D. Lamond  (as John Lamond)
 
Writing credits
Colin Eggleston (screenplay)

John D. Lamond (original idea) (as John Lamond) and
John Michael Howson (original idea) (as John-Michael Howson)

Produced by
Colin Eggleston .... producer
Michael Hirsh .... associate producer
John D. Lamond .... producer (as John Lamond)
 
Original Music by
Brian May 
 
Cinematography by
Garry Wapshott 
 
Film Editing by
Colin Eggleston 
 
Art Direction by
Paul Jones 
 
Makeup Department
Margaret Archman .... makeup artist
 
Production Management
Michael Hirsh .... production supervisor
 
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Billy Baxter .... second assistant director (as Bill Baxter)
Ross Hamilton .... assistant director
 
Sound Department
Phil Judd .... sound mixing
John Phillips .... sound recordist
Ray Phillips .... second unit boom operator
Geoff Wilson .... boom operator
 
Special Effects by
Conrad Rothmann .... special effects
 
Stunts
Matt Burns .... stunt coordinator
Barbara Martin .... stunt team
Peter Morse .... stunt team
Arch Roberts .... stunt team (as Archie Roberts)
Bill Stacey .... stunt team
 
Camera and Electrical Department
Peter Armstrong .... clapper/loader
Geoff Collins .... second unit gaffer
Tony Holtham .... gaffer
Nino Martinetti .... second unit focus puller
Noel Mudie .... key grip
Denis Nikolic .... focus puller
Gary Scholes .... assistant grip
Greg Watson .... clapper/loader
Barry M. Wilson .... second unit photography (as Barry Wilson)
Suzy Woods .... still photographer
 
Costume and Wardrobe Department
Jan Barkell .... wardrobe
Aphrodite Kondos .... wardrobe
Joseph Saba .... wardrobe provider
 
Other crew
Ann Dechaineux .... caterer
Michael Hirsh .... production accountant
Phillip Lasky .... runner
Anne McLeod .... continuity
Denise Peterson .... production secretary
Annette Philpott .... second unit production assistant
Helen Watts .... production executive
 

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Additional Details

Also Known As:
"Nightmares" - Australia (original title)
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Runtime:
90 min
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Aspect Ratio:
2.35 : 1 See more »
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Certification:
Argentina:X (original rating) | Argentina:18 (re-rating) | Australia:R | West Germany:18 (BPjM restricted)
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Did You Know?

Trivia:
The character of Bennett Collingswood was based on a film critic who despised director John D. Lamond's work.See more »
Movie Connections:
Featured in Ozploitation Trailer Explosion (2014) (V)See more »

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"It went off without a hitch"., 8 March 2014
Author: lost-in-limbo from the Mad Hatter's tea party.

Australia's answer to the slasher market… well kind of, as this weird, trashy psychodrama does contain numerous elements found it slashers. Not perfect by any stretch, but it especially does a good job constructing its stalk and slash sequences with stylish verve and a real mean streak to boot. Like other reviewers mentioned it has a striking resemblance to Michele Soavi's late 80s slasher "Stagefright" and there's a touch Giallo evident. The POV shots do at times strike a nerve; just listen to the heavy breathing. The suspense when it's on, is gripping and the attack scenes are brutal and bloody. Hearing the glass slice the skin really does come through in these scenes. Also it doesn't skimp on the sleaze and nudity either. However it's too bad that the editing throws up some random scenes that are poorly linked, or don't add much to the unfolding situations and the final twist is so easy to pick up on that it's no surprise when its revealed. When it's not focusing on the stage cast and crew being dispatched, it's somewhat textbook in its tired dramas. Surprisingly the opening sequences are very effective in setting up a scarred character.

There were some names attached to this Australian production that horror fans will recognise. Jenny Neumann playing the lead character, the aspiring actress with a troubled past would be known for her part in the Linda Blair's starring slasher "Hell Night" the following year. Also attached to the project was Colin Eggleston as writer, who brought us the eco-horror "Long Weekend" and would later churn out an even more stranger and ultra-slick slasher in "Cassandra" (1986). You could also throw in director John D. Lamond who was behind some Ozploitation films like "Felicity" and "Pacific Banana".

Lamond ups the atmospheric traits (good use of a theatre setting), keeps the drama thick with touch oddness and stays rather traditional in the set-up. No surprises, but just like our central character it can be a neurotic and twisted jumble. Although towards the closing stages it does feel fairly rushed and contrived. The performances are acceptable, if at times a little over-colourful and the dialogues did have that blunt nature to them. And that music score is far from subtle.

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