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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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The Scream You Hear...Could Be Your Own! 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

Came to attention of the British censors as a video nasty in the early 1980s mainly because of several gimmicks, which included providing a vomit bag with the video and a competition to guess the weight of a 'brain' in a jar. See more »

Goofs

When the young man is smoking on the stair, he is only wearing his underpants, the scene then cuts to his girlfriend taking a shower, then we see him back on the stair, smoking, and then he is wearing a t-shirt too. 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 The Strangers (2008) 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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American and European styles make an awkward but interesting mix
4 December 2011 | by (The Great Northwest) – See all my reviews

Trying to bring the Italian giallo genre into the then-popular American slasher genre, Nightmare is a half-clever attempt. Those two extremes don't seem like a good fit, with the typical slash-and-hack, one-by-one structure of the slasher genre mixing a bit awkwardly with the more flamboyant, open-ended and director-focused giallo film movement. "Nightmare" isn't particularly coherent and can feel a bit half-hearted at times, but it has enough startling moments and a truly twisted (and brutal) view of sexuality to at least be interesting beyond it's initial viewing.

Often considered a Grindhouse staple, it shares the qualities of many other films of that "genre": lousy dubbing, horrid acting, completely conspicious continuity blunders, a soundtrack and film print that makes the viewer feel like their head is being held under muddy water. It's also unusually bleak and morally ambiguous for an American film, a telling sign that this was directed by an European. There's also a sense of the American-slasher puritanism, as noticed by the Killer's view of promiscious adults around him, but it's not quite as black-and-white as many of the like-minded films at the time. Largely because we're asked to look at the film's largely unseen killer with a more subjective eye.

"Nightmare" may be poorly made, although a few cat-and-mouse sequences are well-staged and engaging enough, but it's far from useless. It's cross between American DIY ethos and lavish, fetishitistic European flavoring is uneven and sloppy but always weird and alluring enough to keep you watching. The film's modest cult following is understandable.


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