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Bad Dreams (1988)

The lone survivor of a suicide cult wakes from a thirteen-year coma in a psychiatric ward, where other patients suddenly start dying under mysterious and gruesome circumstances.

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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
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Ed
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Miriam
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Detective Wasserman
Melissa Francis ...
Young Cynthia (as Missy Francis)
Sheila Scott-Wilkenson ...
Hettie (as Sheila Scott Wilkinson)
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)  »

Also Known As:

La pesadilla mortal  »

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Budget:

$4,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend:

$4,008,870 (USA) (10 April 1988)

Gross:

$9,797,098 (USA)
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Andrew Fleming battled the MPAA over the scene where one of the characters is rammed by a car. It was originally much bloodier, but he says the U.S. ratings board threatened to slap the film with an "X" rating. See more »

Quotes

Harris: [while giving a TV interview] I could kill you right now, couldn't I?
Reporter #1: You could.
Harris: [laughs] But I won't.
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Referenced in The Cinema Snob: A Clockwork Orgy (2011) See more »

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My Way
Performed by Mamby Pamby & The Smooth Putters
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Bad Dreams on elm Street 3 :)
2 December 2003 | by (California) – See all my reviews

The First time I remember seeing this movie was back in the late 80s, when it was being played on HBO late one night. I remember at the time I thought the movie was pretty cool. I didnt see the movie again until about a year ago , when I picked up a used copy of it. Since then I have watched the movie a couple times, and I think its pretty awesome. its got some scary sences, and its definately got that old style 80s horror feel to it, which I miss. Its also crazy how similar this movie is to the 1987 masterpeice,A Nightmare on Elm Street 3- Dream Worriors. This movie's main star is Jennifer Ruben, who played Taryn in Nightmare 3...and just like in Nightmare 3, Bad Dreams is about a group of troubled kids who are in a mental institution, being haunted in there dreams by a burned boogeyman. It was cool to see Jennifer Ruben in another horror movie. This, and Nightmare 3, are the only two movies I can remember her in. Check out "Bad Dreams" if you want to see another cool late 80s horror movie.


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