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Nightmare (1981)

Unrated  |   |  Horror  |  23 October 1981 (USA)
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A mental-patient, who is troubled with horrible nightmares, has escaped from his hospital. Now on the streets he can't help killing innocent people. But there is one family he is more than ... See full summary »

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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Baird Stafford ...
George Tatum
Sharon Smith ...
Susan Temper
C.J. Cooke ...
C.J. Temper
Mik Cribben ...
Bob Rosen
Danny Ronan ...
Kathy the Babysitter
John L. Watkins ...
Man with Cigar (as John Watkins)
Bill Milling ...
Paul Williamson (as William Milling)
Scott Praetorius ...
Young George
William Kirksey ...
George's Father (as William S. Kirksey)
Christina Keefe ...
George's Mother
Tammy Patterson ...
Tammy Temper
Kim Patterson ...
Kim Temper
Kathleen Ferguson ...
Barbara
William Paul ...
Steve
Tommy Bouvier ...
Joe
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Storyline

A mental-patient, who is troubled with horrible nightmares, has escaped from his hospital. Now on the streets he can't help killing innocent people. But there is one family he is more than interested in and when he tries to kill them, he finds that it's not that easy. Written by Tobias Broljung <larry@algonet.se>

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From the man who terrified you in "Dawn of the Dead" & "Friday the 13th"! See more »

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23 October 1981 (USA)  »

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Blood Splash  »

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Trivia

Director Romano Scavolini claims that all the main special make-up effects for the film were designed and created by Tom Savini and only the prosthetic effects were done by other people (mainly the late Leslie Larraine). There are also photos placing Savini on set. Savini has distanced himself from the project and says that he was just a consultant for the film. Ed French (who supervised the special make-up effects for the New York sequences) also says that Savini didn't do any hands-on work, only giving advice and direction to the special effects crew. See more »

Goofs

During the scene when George is in the booth with Tara Alexander you can see in the reflection of the glass that he is holding the telephone receiver to his left ear, but when the camera is on him he is holding the receiver to his right ear. See more »

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User Reviews

 
Cool Psycho/Serial Killer Horror Film...
21 December 2005 | by (St. John's Abortion Clinic) – See all my reviews

NIGHTMARE IN A DAMAGED BRAIN is a rare treat of early 80's American low-budget horror, as it has both a decent story/plot and a considerable amount of gore for the era...

George is a schizophrenic psychopath who escapes from the care of his physician. The "wonder drugs" that George takes to combat his spells of delirium and psychoses don't work too well, and soon he's on the loose and up to no-good. We find that George's problems are deep rooted within his family and have to do with an experience he witnessed involving his father and some random hooker-ish chick when George was a boy. George's psychiatrist is on the chase to track him down and all is revealed in the "shocking" conclusion.

NIGHTMARE IN A DAMAGED BRAIN is a very decent horror film. A little dated by today's standards but still has more gore and cool kill scenes than you average current U.S. theatrical release. An over-looked film that could use some more recognition. If you dig slashers/psychological horror then you'll probably feel this one. Recommended 8/10


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