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Bad Dreams (1988)

 -  Horror | Thriller  -  8 April 1988 (USA)
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In the mid-'70s, a cult group called Unity Field commits mass suicide, but a young girl survives. After being in a coma for thirteen years she wakes up in a psyche ward, not remembering the... See full summary »

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Dr. Berrisford
Susan Barnes ...
Connie
John Scott Clough ...
Victor
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Lana (as E.G. Daily)
Damita Jo Freeman ...
Gilda
Louis Giambalvo ...
Ed
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Miriam
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Detective Wasserman
Melissa Francis ...
Young Cynthia (as Missy Francis)
Sheila Scott-Wilkenson ...
Hettie
Ben Kronen ...
Edgar
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In the mid-'70s, a cult group called Unity Field commits mass suicide, but a young girl survives. After being in a coma for thirteen years she wakes up in a psyche ward, not remembering the incident. The psychiatrist tries to help her remember, but she begins seeing the leader of the cult talking to her from the grave, and the other members of her therapy group begin to commit suicide around her. Or is it suicide? Written by Ed Sutton <esutton@mindspring.com>

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8 April 1988 (USA)  »

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$4,000,000 (estimated)

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$9,797,098 (USA)
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The set/house depicted early on as the cult house bears a remarkable resemblance to the family's haunted house in House IV (1992). See more »

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Dr. Alex Karmen: Mm, you know, I thought you might need some company tonight. It's safest here, really. The police are here, I'm here. We're going to have a nice, boring evening tonight. I even brought provisions: pure, unadulterated junk food. At this point who cares about chemicals?
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Interesting horror film has some neat ideas but it's certainly in familiar territory.
24 November 2007 | by (Canada) – See all my reviews

Cynthia (Jennifer Rubin) is been in coma for over 13 years. She's the only survivor from the "Unity Field". It's a cult group that committed suicide, when they set on fire by the leader Harris (Richard Lynch). Once she wakes up from her coma, she's been seeing visions and having strange nightmare. Which it seems that Harris is trying to speak to her from the dead. Dr. Berrisford (Harris Yulin) thinks its best for Cynthia if she placed in a group session with Dr. Alex Karmen (Bruce Abbott). When Cynthia slowly starts remembering with the incident, now the patients are dying one by one. Now Cynthia is trying to stop the madness with the help of her psychologist. It seems that the evil spirit of Harris wants her dead. Which Alex knows that Cynthia isn't crazy and tries to end her bad memories.

Directed by Andrew Fleming (The Craft, Dick, The In-Laws "2003") made an intriguing hallucinogenic horror film that has some effective horror moments and good performances by the cast. The premise seems a bit familiar to "A Nightmare on Elm Street 3:Dream Warriors" at times. Especially when Rubin had a supporting role in the "Nightmare" franchise. Dean Cameron (Best known from "Men at Work" and "Summer School") and E.G. Daily (Who's known as the voice of Tommy Pickles in the TV "Rugrats") are also in the movie. "Bad Dreams" is quite impressive for two-thirds of the way but the last act feels rushed and out of touch with the rest of the picture. Fleming, who directed his first film handles like a pro on his first feature. The main problem, the screenplay by the director and Steven E. de Souza (Commando, Die Hard, 48 Hrs) could have been much stronger at times, especially towards the last act. But still, it's well made and horror fans will enjoy it. It's worth a look, despite some flaws. From a story by the director, Michael Dick, P.J. Pettiette and Yuri Zeltser. Gale Anne Hurd also produced it. She's best known for producing movies like "Aliens", "The Hulk" and "The Terminator". (*** ½/*****).


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