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Nightmares (1983)

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

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Joe Lambie ...
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Store Clerk (segment "Terror in Topanga")
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Mori the Newswoman (segment "Terror in Topanga") (as Clare Nono)
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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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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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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9 September 1983 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Night of the Rat  »

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Budget:

$6,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$590,616, 5 September 1983, Limited Release

Gross USA:

$6,670,680
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Trivia

According to an article in the May 1984 edition of 'American Cinematographer', video game special effects company Bo Gehring Associates, who produced computer graphics for the film's segment "The Bishop of Battle", achieved an output in record time. Bo Gehring claimed that his firm set a record for the rate of producing computer imaging, stating that four and half minutes of animation were completed in just nine weeks. See more »

Goofs

In Chapter Three - The Benediction, a 1970 Chevelle Malibu 4-door sedan is used in several scenes (rear bumper with square taillights), and the car which is totalled before the segment ends is a 1972 model (rear bumper with 4 round taillights). The 1970 Chevelle used in the film has a front grille from a 1972 model, headlights from a 1971/72 (1970 Chevelles had 4 headlights up front), and turn signal lenses from a 1971. See more »

Quotes

Zock Maxwell (segment "The Bishop of Battle"): JJ. Don't you get it? Thirteenth level doesn't even exist. It's just a scam to get suckers to spend their money.
J.J. Cooney (segment "The Bishop of Battle"): It exists. I heard some kid out in Jersey made it twice.
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Referenced in The Cinema Snob: Video Violence 2 (2010) See more »

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I Don't Care About You
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Performed by Fear
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Good horror film in the tradition of Twilight Zone: The Movie
15 August 2000 | by See all my reviews

Nightmares came out in the same year that Twilight Zone:The Movie was released. Whether this movie was intended to directly compete with TZ by copying it's style, or whether it's release date is simply a coincidence, may never be known.

Both movies focus on short horror tales, each about a half hour in length, that feature odd twist endings. While TZ has the legacy of the great Rod Serling behind it, Nightmares has for the most part, wallowed in obscurity. This is undeserved.

The first story, about a chain smoker whom encounters a killer at a gas station is the weakest of the four, and is easily dismissed. The second, "The Bishop of Battle" is clearly the strongest story, featuring a young Emilio Estevez as a video game champ eager to beat a hot new video game. Just gotta get to level 13! Great special effects, and a claustrophobic ending highlight this one. The third story, about a priest getting pursued through the desert by a mysterious driver in a pick up truck, is very well paced and creepy. The final story, about a giant rat living in the basement of a suburban home, can be a little silly, and seems to borrow more from the "Night Gallery" style of horror.

Give this one a try for a solid entry in the horror anthology genre.


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