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Nightmare (1981)

Unrated | | Crime, Drama, Horror | 23 October 1981 (USA)
A mental patient embarks on a murder spree upon escaping from an institution.

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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
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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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If you were terrified by "Dawn of the Dead" & "Friday the 13th" you must see NIGHTMARE. See more »

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Crime | Drama | Horror

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23 October 1981 (USA)  »

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Blood Splash  »

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$568 (estimated)
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1.37 : 1
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Trivia

Made under the title "Dark Games." See more »

Goofs

Obvious dummy during the climactic decapitation. The neck clearly opens up on the right side even though the boy swings at it from the left side. See more »

Quotes

Man with Cigar: SORRY? You lose a dangerously psychotic patient from a secret experimental drug program, and all you can say is "I'm sorry"?
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Connections

Referenced in Adjust Your Tracking (2013) See more »

Soundtracks

Dancing Close To You
Performed by The DaryB-Barber Band
Music and Lyrics by Ted Daryll
Courtesy of Turbine Films
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Very dark and grim horror film.
22 September 2003 | by (Chyby, Poland) – See all my reviews

Romano Scavolini's "Nightmare" is one of the grimmest horror movies ever made.Baird Stafford is extremely believable as George Tatum,a schizophrenic serial killer who murders uncontrollably.He has been supposedly cured of his psychological disorder due to a new magical medicine.In actuality the cure doesn't work very well,because Tatum starts killing people."Nightmare" isn't as good as "Maniac"-still there are some genuinely atmospheric and chilling moments.The opening scene is extremely creepy.The killings are cold-blooded and brutal.The gore is pretty strong-the climatic double axe murder scene is incredibly gory.To sum up,if you're a fan of early 80's extreme horror give this one a look.Highly recommended.


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