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Nightmares (1983)

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")
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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 "The Bishop of Battle")
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Adele Cooney (segment "The Bishop of Battle")
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Jerry Cooney (segment "The Bishop of Battle")
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Pamela (segment "The Bishop of Battle") (as Moon Zappa)
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Zock Maxwell (segment "The Bishop of Battle") (as Billy Jacoby)
Joshua Grenrock ...
Willie (segment "The Bishop of Battle")
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Mazenza (segment "The 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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Horror | Sci-Fi

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9 September 1983 (USA)  »

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Night of the Rat  »

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Trivia

These stories were originally written and filmed for the anthology series Darkroom (1981). They were deemed too intense by Universal and thus culled into an anthology film for theatrical release. See more »

Goofs

Presumably as the Bishop of Battle game progresses, the view/angle of each level changes to make it more difficult for the player. We see this the first time JJ plays the game as level 12 is at a lower angle and shows less of the overall play arena than level 11 had. However, the second time JJ gets to level 12, the angle is now almost a first person shooter, with the player's view being from the ground rather than an aerial view showing their player character. 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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Connections

Referenced in The Cinema Snob: Video Violence 2 (2010) See more »

Soundtracks

I Don't Care About You
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Performed by Fear
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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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