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Bad Dreams (1988)

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Cast overview, first billed only:
Bruce Abbott ...
Dr. Berrisford
Susan Barnes ...
John Scott Clough ...
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Damita Jo Freeman ...
Louis Giambalvo ...
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Melissa Francis ...
Young Cynthia (as Missy Francis)
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Ben Kronen ...


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 <>

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13 Years later... she awoke from the darkest coma to relive a forgotten evil. See more »


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Release Date:

8 April 1988 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

La pesadilla mortal  »

Box Office


$4,000,000 (estimated)


$9,797,098 (USA)

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(FMC Library Print)

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1.85 : 1
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Pretty interesting and gruesome horror film.
26 April 2006 | by (Chyby, Poland) – See all my reviews

In the mid-70s,the members of the love cult Unity Fields sought the ultimate joining by dousing themselves with gasoline and committing mass suicide.A young girl blown clear of the fiery explosion was the only survivor.Thirteen years later,Cynthia(Jennifer Rubin)awakens from a coma inside a psychiatric hospital with only buried memories of that horrific day.But when her fellow patients start committing suicide one by one,her past slowly begins to come back to terrifying life..."Bad Dreams" is a pretty average horror flick.It's well-paced and visually interesting.The acting by Richard Lynch,Jennifer Rubin and Bruce Abbott,three actors ignored by the mainstream,is solid and there is plenty of blood and gore including knife through hand and some nasty self-mutilation.7 out of 10.

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