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22 October 1982 (USA) See more »
He has the power to make you live his nightmares... And he's dreaming about you. See more »
A disturbed telepathic man is unable to fully control his ability to transmit his dreams and visions into the minds of the people around him or even influence reality. A female therapist tries to help him but his mother gets in the way. Full summary » | Add synopsis »
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Kathryn Harrold ... Gail Farmer

Zeljko Ivanek ... The Sender

Shirley Knight ... Jerolyn

Paul Freeman ... Dr. Denman

Sean Hewitt ... The Messiah
Harry Ditson ... Dr. Hirsch
Olivier Pierre ... Dr. Erskine
Tracy Harper ... Young Girl

Al Matthews ... Viet Nam Veteran
Marsha A. Hunt ... Nurse Jo (as Marsha Hunt)

Angus MacInnes ... Sheriff Prouty
Jana Shelden ... Nurse Reimbold
Manning Redwood ... Policeman
John Stephen Hill ... Policeman
Monica Buford ... Dr. Warren
Janet Brandes ... Patient
Peter Carlisle ... Patient

Barbara Coles ... Patient
Elaine Ives-Cameron ... Patient
Tony Cyrus ... Patient
Patrick Field ... Patient
Miki Iveria ... Patient
Sara Mason ... Patient
Gary Olsen ... Patient
Julie Peel ... Patient
John Rees ... Patient

John Sessions ... Patient
Susan Shrand ... Patient
Martha Green ... Nursing Staff
Isabelle Lucas ... Nursing Staff
Alibe Parsons ... Nursing Staff
Mary Ellen Ray ... Nursing Staff
Zhivila Roche ... Nursing Staff
Ron Travis ... Nursing Staff
Colin Bruce ... Computer Technician
Jerry Harte ... Security Guard
Darcy Flynn ... TV Anchorwoman

Directed by
Roger Christian 
Writing credits
Thomas Baum (written by)

Produced by
John Comfort .... associate producer
Edward S. Feldman .... producer
J.C. Scott .... associate producer
Original Music by
Trevor Jones 
Cinematography by
Roger Pratt 
Film Editing by
Alan Strachan 
Casting by
Mary Goldberg 
Mary Selway 
Production Design by
Malcolm Middleton 
Art Direction by
Charles Bishop 
Steve Spence 
Set Decoration by
Roy Stannard 
Makeup Department
Sallie Evans .... assistant makeup artist (as Sally Evans)
Jeanette Freeman .... hair styles supervisor
Helen Lennox .... assistant hair stylist
Marsha Lewis .... assistant hair stylist
Sarah Monzani .... makeup artist
Maureen Stephenson .... assistant makeup artist
Production Management
Steve Nicolaides .... unit production manager
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Bob Bralver .... second unit director: US (as Robert Bralver)
Nick Daubeny .... second assistant director
Kevin A. Finnegan .... assistant director: US (as Kevin Finnegan)
Timothy Reed .... third assistant director (as Tim Reed)
Roger Simons .... assistant director
Art Department
Frank Blair .... set dresser
Joe Dipple .... standby props
Peter Dunlop .... production buyer
Syd Nightingale .... construction manager
Sydney Regan .... supervising painter
James H. Spencer .... art director: US
Stan West .... supervising carpenter
Barry Wilkinson .... property master
Simon Wilkinson .... dressing props
Michael Guyett .... supervisor scenic painter (uncredited)
Sound Department
Campbell Askew .... sound effects
Tony Dawe .... production sound mixer
Robert Gavin .... assistant sound editor
Patrick Heigham .... boom operator (as Pat Heigham)
Bob Jones .... re-recording mixer (as Robert Jones)
Stephen Spencer .... assistant sound editor
Jeremy Strachan .... assistant sound editor
Hugh Strain .... re-recording mixer
William Trent .... sound editor (as Bill Trent)
Special Effects by
Nick Allder .... special effects
Alan Bryce .... special effects technician (as Allan Bryce)
Guy Hudson .... special effects technician
Phil Knowles .... special effects technician
John McGoldrick .... special effects technician
Alan Poole .... special effects technician
Cyd Child .... stunts
Clive Curtis .... stunts
Peter Diamond .... stunts
Tracey Eddon .... stunts
Marian Green .... stunts
Reg Harding .... stunts
Tom Harper .... stunts
Debby Porter .... stunts
Ken Sheppard .... stunts (uncredited)
Colin Skeaping .... stunt coordinator
Colin Skeaping .... stunts
Diana Valentine .... stunts
Camera and Electrical Department
Peter Butler .... grip
Bill Coe .... camera assistant: USA
Scott Floren .... key grip: USA
Robert Horne .... camera assistant: USA (as Bob Horn)
John Ignatius .... clapper/loader
Matthew Jacobs .... video consultant
David Morgan .... focus puller
Bob Penn .... still photographer
James Pergola .... photography: USA
James Pergola .... unit cinematographer
Mike Proudfoot .... camera operator (as Michael Proudfoot)
Roy Rodhouse .... gaffer
Brian W. Roy .... camera operator
John Winner .... camera operator: USA
Calvin Maehl .... gaffer: 2nd unit (uncredited)
Casting Department
Lucy Boulting .... casting assistant
Costume and Wardrobe Department
Shari Feldman .... costume supervisor
Ian Hickinbotham .... costume supervisor
Sue Honeybourne .... wardrobe assistant (as Sue Honeyborne)
Editorial Department
Michael John Bateman .... first assistant editor (as Michael Bateman)
Derek Trigg .... associate editor
Location Management
William Lang .... location manager (as Bill Lang)
Music Department
Marcus Dods .... conductor
English Chamber Orchestra .... music performed by (as The English Chamber Orchestra)
Dick Lewzey .... music recording engineer
John Richards .... music recording engineer
Victoria Seale .... music assistant: Trevor Jones
John A. Coleman .... orchestrator (uncredited)
Dan Goldwasser .... soundtrack producer (uncredited)
Transportation Department
Tim Roslan .... transportation: USA
Other crew
Andy Birmingham .... production accountant
Linda Bruce .... production coordinator
Elizabeth Galloway .... production coordinator
Sally Jones .... script supervisor
Ian Kelly .... video sequences
Doreen Landry .... publicist
Tom D.W. Bartlett .... medical coordinator (uncredited)
Tom D.W. Bartlett .... set medic (uncredited)

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91 min
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8 out of 10 people found the following review useful.
An excellent "lost" horror film, 24 May 2000
Author: preppy-3 from United States

This film was released with an glut of really bad horror films in the early '80s and got lost in the shuffle. That's a shame--it's one of the best of its type. There's no masked killer chasing down brain dead teens. It's about a young man (Zeljko Ivanek) committed to an institution because he tried to commit suicide. He believes his dreams can kill. A kind psychiatrist (Kathryn Harrold) tries to help him. Then his creepy mother (Shirley Knight) shows up insisting he be put in her care--but she keeps disappearing.

There's very little violence or blood and guts but it's very scary and suspenseful. The ending is (now) old hat but was pretty original when this film was released. Any movie that can scare you silly with a shot of a middle-aged mother walking to her son (see the movie to find out why it's scary) is one hell of a horror movie in my book! Add to that a beautiful music score and excellent performances by Knight and Ivanek (who has gone on to be a top character actor). The only debit is Harrold who's pretty terrible. Still it's well worth seeing.

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