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Nightmare (1981)

 -  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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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 Dream You Can't Escape ALIVE! 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

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 »

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Very, very, very grim grind-house slasher flick
6 November 2007 | by (United Kingdom) – See all my reviews

OK i'm a little rusty right now when it comes to reviews as I haven't written one in years.

I won't bother explaining the plot, courtesy of the IMDb plot profile and other users you should be able to get a rough idea about it yourself.

So lets get down to the nitty gritty. Nightmare(s) (in a damaged brain) is kind of like the horror film you watch through the eyes of a child. Remember when you were a kid and horrors weren't so much entertaining as they were (mildly) traumatising? That would give you sleepless nights for quite some time? Well nightmare is one of those films that can have that effect on you AS AN ADULT.

Imagine the original 'texas chain saw massacre' but a lot more psychological and involving children, and A lot more gore, and you get the rough idea of what this film is all about.

Now I'm a big fan of horror, I can sit through (almost) anything but I've seen this film one and a half times (the uncut version) and have had it for quite some time. And thats NOT because the film is bad, its cause its so frigging' creepy. First time was a curiosity as I'd heard so much about it and was desperate to see why it had been banned, the second (half) time was because I hadn't seen it in a while and fancied giving it a second go. I couldn't do it! It really is one of those type of horrors thats hard to sit through, its tone is so sinister and you feel almost perverted and sick and evil for just watching it, even though there are no real animal killings or anything like cannibal holocaust/ferox and it's only a movie and nothing more.

Anyways, if you like genuine, creepy, under the skin horror then this one is for you. If, however, your not a fan of the whole 'grind-house' scene, don't like films with low production values and risible acting and prefer your horror to be modern, over produced and polished, then avoid this one.

In either case its very underrated as being 'one of the scariest horror films of all time'.


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