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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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When the nightmares come to life, the fight for survival begins. See more »

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Horror | Thriller

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8 April 1988 (USA)  »

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La pesadilla mortal  »

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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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S10 Reviews: Bad Dreams (1988)
30 April 2006 | by (The Void) – See all my reviews

Cynthia (Jennifer Rubin) wakes up after being in a coma for thirteen years. She is the sole survivor of a religious sect who burned themselves up. But the leader of the sect (Richard Lynch) wants her back and will stop at nothing to get her from beyond the grave. There might be more to Cynthia's bad dreams but will those around her die before she finds out.

'Bad Dreams' is a better than average 80's flick with a good plot and a nifty twist. Populated by some horror vets (Rubins and Bruce Abbott) and put together well by director Andrew (The Craft) Fleming. 'Bad Dreams' deserves more attention than it gets and the new DVD release is just the ticket.


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