Down 16,192 this week

Deadly Dreams (1988)

R  |   |  Horror, Thriller  |  26 October 1988 (USA)
Your rating:
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 -/10 X  
Ratings: 4.3/10 from 136 users  
Reviews: 10 user | 12 critic

From the director of the highly acclaimed "Body Chemistry," comes a frightening excursion into terror. Alex is caught in a web of distrust between his brother, his best friend, a beautiful ... See full summary »



0Check in

The 25 Most Immersive Worlds in Cinema

Highly immersive cinematic worlds can carry a movie, and we've rounded up the best of the best.

See the full list

User Lists

Related lists from IMDb users

a list of 295 titles
created 02 Dec 2011
a list of 16 titles
created 03 May 2012
a list of 503 titles
created 27 May 2012
a list of 86 titles
created 26 Aug 2012
a list of 1346 titles
created 09 Nov 2012

Related Items

Search for "Deadly Dreams" on

Connect with IMDb

Share this Rating

Title: Deadly Dreams (1988)

Deadly Dreams (1988) on IMDb 4.3/10

Want to share IMDb's rating on your own site? Use the HTML below.

Take The Quiz!

Test your knowledge of Deadly Dreams.
Learn more

People who liked this also liked... 

Dreamaniac (1986)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 3.6/10 X  

A heavy-metal musician makes a deal with a satanic succubus to make him successful with women, in return for the succubus being able to feed on the girls.

Director: David DeCoteau
Stars: Thomas Bern, Ashlyn Gere, Sylvia Summers
Night Screams (1987)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 4/10 X  

A football star throws a party for his friends. Two insane killers escape from a nearby asylum on that same night, and in their efforts to elude authorities, wind up at the party.

Director: Allen Plone
Stars: Joseph Paul Manno, Ron Thomas, Randy Lundsford
Frightmare (1983)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 4/10 X  

Drama students decide to pay tribute to their favorite horror star by stealing his body from his crypt for a farewell party. They fail to realize their violation of the tomb has triggered ... See full summary »

Director: Norman Thaddeus Vane
Stars: Ferdy Mayne, Luca Bercovici, Nita Talbot
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 2.7/10 X  

A guy and four of his friends visit his crippled uncle, a taxidermist who lives with his housekeeper next to a movie set. Pretty soon people start being killed in the manner they are in the script of the movie being filmed next door.

Director: Thomas Dewier
Stars: Ken Sagoes, Laura Albert, Lenny Delducca
The Carpenter (1988)
Horror | Thriller
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 4.5/10 X  

A carpenter, who was executed in the electric chair, comes back to finish his dream house, now inhabited by a young married couple.

Director: David Wellington
Stars: Wings Hauser, Lynne Adams, Pierre Lenoir
Action | Crime
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.1/10 X  

After one too many encounters with The Spiders (a rival gang), The Ravens' leader's girlfriend tells him to quit the gang or it's Splitsville. He does so, but the leader of The Spiders is ... See full summary »

Director: Jim Van Bebber
Stars: Paul Harper, Jim Van Bebber, Megan Murphy
Crime | Horror | Music
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 3.9/10 X  

A rock band called "The Clowns" comes under suspicion of murder when several prostitutes are killed by individuals made up like members of the band.

Director: Don Edmonds
Stars: Rick Styles, Chip Greenman, Rich Pemberton
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 2.4/10 X  

Click: The Calendar Girl Killer is a thriller that probes the inner sanctum of the mind of a psychotic killer as he uses the world of big fashion photography for his sadistic playground.

Directors: Ross Hagen, John Stewart
Stars: Troy Donahue, Ross Hagen, Hoke Howell
Drama | Thriller
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 4.3/10 X  

A research project on sexual response leads two doctors into an affair where their deepest passions and darkest fantasies are revealed.

Director: Kristine Peterson
Stars: Marc Singer, Lisa Pescia, Mary Crosby
Running Hot (1984)
Crime | Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.1/10 X  

A teenager, wrongly convicted and sentenced to death for the murder of his father, escapes from jail. He hooks up with a prostitute and they take to the road to find the real killer of his father.

Director: Mark Griffiths
Stars: Monica Carrico, Eric Stoltz, Stuart Margolin
Comedy | Drama | Music
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5/10 X  

Seattle: The grunge girl band "No Exits" is just about to get a record deal. At this time Jimmy is appearing again, the former boy-friend of the band guitarist Shelly. She had left him ... See full summary »

Director: Kristine Peterson
Stars: Molly Gross, Jason Bortz, Marisa Ryan
Sledgehammer (Video 1983)
Thriller | Horror
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 4.8/10 X  

A young boy murders his mother and her lover with a hammer. Ten years later, a wave of teenage murders plagues the same area.

Director: David A. Prior
Stars: Ted Prior, Linda McGill, John Eastman


Credited cast:
Alex Torme
Juliette Cummins ...
Jack Torme
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Gray Ainsworth ...
The Hunter
Timothy Austin ...
Young Alex Torme
Brent DeHart ...
Hotel Clerk
Beach Dickerson ...
Sportsman #2
Geoffrey Forward ...
John Torme
Al Guarino ...
Jaime Kaplan ...
Boy with toy gun
Michael Leopard ...
Sportsman #1
Gyl Roland ...
Mrs. Torme
Lynn Philip Seibel ...
Coroner (as Lynn Seibel)


From the director of the highly acclaimed "Body Chemistry," comes a frightening excursion into terror. Alex is caught in a web of distrust between his brother, his best friend, a beautiful stranger and the renewed dreams of the slaughter of his family. Written by Concorde - New Horizons (with permission).

Plot Summary | Add Synopsis


Horror | Thriller


R | See all certifications »




Release Date:

26 October 1988 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Deadly Dreams - todellinen painajainen  »

Company Credits

Show detailed on  »

Technical Specs

Sound Mix:


See  »

Did You Know?


References The Red Shoes (1948) See more »

Frequently Asked Questions

This FAQ is empty. Add the first question.

User Reviews

Alex are you taking drugs?
20 October 2004 | by (Brooklyn NY USA) – See all my reviews

***SPOILERS*** The movie "Deadly Dreams" starts off with a Christmas Eve massacre of Mr. & Mrs. Torme, Geoffery Forward & Gyl Roland, with their terrified ten year-old son Alex, Timothy Austin, running for his life outside the cabin into the woods from the masked killer. The killer turns out to be Norman Perkins, Gary Ainsworth, a disgruntled business partner of Mr. Torme who later turned the gun on himself. Waking up in a cold sweat Alex, Mitchell Anderson, now ten years later still has nightmares about that horrible incident.

"Deadly Dreams" does hold together at first until you realize that after a while you, as well as Alex, can't tell whats a dream and whats reality! That take away a lot from the tension and suspense of the movie.

The wolf-masked killer is seen popping up all over the place with really no real explanation why he's there and why have him put on that ridicules mask! Since were told who he is in the first place? Later we meet Alex's older brother Jack, Xander Berkeley, who seems to be mad at him for not tending to the family business which his parents left him. You wonder why did they leave it to the much younger Alex, who was ten at the time of his parents death, and not his older brother Jack who seemed to be much more competent. On top of all that Alex didn't seem to care if Jack was in charge so why the conflict between the two brothers?

Alex is attending college and does some free lance writing on the side and, with the exception of his nightmares, seems happy with his lot in life. Danny, Tom Babbes, a collage friend of Alex gets him to meet pretty and at the same time mysterious Maggie Kallir, Juliette Cummins, on a dare who we later see is having an affair with Jack. Together their both trying to drive poor Alex insane in order to get his share of the inheritance that was left to him from his parents. There's an even more sinister force involved in the story that doesn't reveal itself until the very last minute or so of the movie.

"Deadly dreams" could have been a really great horror movie but it was so hooked up in it's many dream sequences that they just about wrecked the entire film. The plot holes, mostly due to the dream sequences, were as deep and as many as a mine field in the Western Sahara Desert during the Battle of Al Alamine. Watching the movie I wondered what a top horror film director of the 1980's like Fred Walton or Sam Raimi would have done with the same movie? The improvement in the movies story-line would have been quite noticeable and made more sense.

The material in the film "Deadly Dreams" was far better then most stories that were made into horror/suspense films back then and the movie should have been far better then it ended up being. If only all those confusing and annoying dream-sequences were cut out of it.

4 of 5 people found this review helpful.  Was this review helpful to you?

Message Boards

Recent Posts
Anyone at all like this movie? bujinbudoka
Discuss Deadly Dreams (1988) on the IMDb message boards »

Contribute to This Page

Create a character page for: