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Nightmares (1983)

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Anthology of four horror tales with a supernatural twist based on urban legends.

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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
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Lisa the Wife (segment "Terror in Topanga")
Joe Lambie ...
Phil the Husband (segment "Terror in Topanga")
Anthony James ...
Store Clerk (segment "Terror in Topanga")
Clare Nono ...
Mori the Newswoman (segment "Terror in Topanga")
Raleigh Bond ...
Norman, a Neighbor (segment "Terror in Topanga")
Robert Phelps ...
Newsman (segment "Terror in Topanga")
Dixie Lynn Royce ...
Little Girl (segment "Terror in Topanga")
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William Henry Glazier (segment "Terror in Topanga") (as Lee James Jude)
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J.J. Cooney (segment "Bishop of Battle")
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Adele Cooney (segment "Bishop of Battle")
Louis Giambalvo ...
Jerry Cooney (segment "Bishop of Battle")
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Pamela (segment "Bishop of Battle") (as Moon Zappa)
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Zock Maxwell (segment "Bishop of Battle") (as Billy Jacoby)
Joshua Grenrock ...
Willie (segment "Bishop of Battle")
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Mazenza (segment "Bishop of Battle") (as Gary Cervantes)
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Storyline

A collection of short stories. In one a woman who leaves her house late at night to drive to the store while a killer is loose encounters some problems. In the second an arcade whiz kid's obsession with a game leads to deadly consequences. In the third a small town priest loses his faith and decides to leave town, but in the desert is stalked by a mysterious black pick-up truck. In the final story, a family's problem with a rat is larger than they think. Written by Parca Mortem <icy_shadow@rocketmail.com>

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Four of your worst NIGHTMARES come true. See more »

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Horror | Sci-Fi

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9 September 1983 (USA)  »

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Night of the Rat  »

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Trivia

The computer game sequences in this part of the film were generated on an ACS1200 and cost so much that it nearly bankrupted production. See more »

Goofs

Episode: Bishop of Battle When J. J. Cooney starts playing the head arcade game, a scene shows his score raising from 380 to 470 points. As he progresses in the game, another scene shows his score raising from 1740 to 1830 points. However, when J. J. reaches level 13, the scene shows his score at just 100 points. A few scenes later, we can see his (presumably normal) score raising from 10390 to 10510 points. At this point, however, the highest score of 89462 points looks quite hard to be beaten. See more »

Quotes

[repeated line]
Bishop: Greetings, Earthling. I am the Bishop of Battle, master of all I survey. I have 13 progressively harder levels. Try me if you dare.
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Referenced in The Cinema Snob: Video Violence 2 (2010) See more »

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Performed by Negative Trend
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For those not afraid of the 80's
9 August 2003 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

For those not afraid of cheapo 80's television horror comes Nightmares. Essentially this was the remainder of the filmed episodes of Universals anthology series "The Darkroom", you know, the short lived one that was on ABC in the early eighties, had James Coburn as the host. Oh well, I tried. Anywho, the 4 story movie was very "un-scary" to most, but entertaining enough to sit through if you enjoy speculative fiction type stories. Of course the staple memory from this movie is the segment with E.Esteves called "The Bishop of Battle". After TRON failed to bag box office reciepts in the upper millions, I guess Universal thought they could do better with a video game nightmare story replete with computer graphics. Must have worked for this film as mentioning this segment, jars memories even in this day. Trivia bit: Eighties icon Moon Unit Zappa makes a guest appearance in the film, see if you can spot her.


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