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1989 (USA) See more »
It takes its victims and hides them in your nightmares!!!
Ben's nightmares come back to haunt him and his friends in this psychological/supernatural horror film. | Add synopsis »
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  (in credits order)
Nick Baldasare ... Ben Dobbs
rest of cast listed alphabetically:

Jorge Aguirre ... Dead Dreamer
Dianna Ashton ... Student
Scott Bauer ... Student
Raymond Michael Bell ... Dead Dreamer (as R. Michael Bell)
Larry Bennett ... Dead Dreamer
Lisa Box ... Student

Daniel Carnevale ... Ben Dobbs (future)
Andrew Conaway ... Student
Richard Davis ... Dead Dreamer
John Dunleavy ... Janitor
Kristen Ebelberger ... Student
Patrick L. Enlow ... Dead Dreamer
John Friend ... Dead Dreamer
Richie Hanson ... Dead Dreamer
Barbara Horton ... Student
Charles Howard ... Student
T. James Hower ... Dead Dreamer
Joe Hunt ... Student
Josh Inglis ... Student
Beverly Kearns ... Student
Kevin E. Kelly ... Dead Dreamer
Rick Kesler ... Eric Baxter
Ron Kovacs ... Dead Dreamer
Michelle Lorch ... Dead Dreamer
Jeffrey W. Lynch ... Dead Dreamer
Kristen M. McNulty ... Student
R. Scott Mowrer ... Dead Dreamer
Jack Nieberlain ... Dead Dreamer
Bernie Noga ... Dead Dreamer
Craig Phipps ... Student
Susan Pinsky ... Julie Oxel
Patricia Resatka ... Dead Dreamer
Susan Resatka ... Student
Scott Simonson ... Dead Dreamer
Lucas Simpson ... Ricky
Norm Singer ... Professor Noxx
Lisa Stall ... Student
Evan Stansbury ... Dead Dreamer
Jenny Steiner ... Dead Dreamer
Eric Swelstad ... Dead Dreamer
Darby Vasbinder ... Witch
Daniel White ... D.F. White

James D. Wickman ... Dead Dreamer
Bryan Wright ... Dead Dreamer
Louis Yuhasz ... Dead Dreamer

Directed by
Jay Woelfel 
Writing credits
Jay Woelfel (writer)

Produced by
Dyrk Ashton .... producer
Susan Resatka .... producer
Scott Spears .... producer
Original Music by
Jay Woelfel 
Cinematography by
Scott Spears 
Film Editing by
Susan Resatka 
Randy Spears 
Production Management
Steven E. Williams .... unit production manager
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Rafael Rosado .... second assistant director
Eric Swelstad .... first assistant director
Sound Department
Stan Eng .... sound recordist
Special Effects by
Scott Simonson .... special effects
Camera and Electrical Department
Richard Davis .... grip
Paul Devine .... grip
Tim Hower .... assistant camera
Dave Larsen .... grip
Dave Pensak .... grip
Shawn Sloves .... grip
Roger Steinman .... grip
John Walasik .... grip
James D. Wickman .... grip
Other crew
Tom Bauman .... production assistant
Kevin Dorincott .... production assistant
Jude Gorjanc .... continuity (as Judy Gorjanc)
Jeremy Kalef .... production assistant
Richard Long .... production advisor
Randy Mowrer .... script supervisor
Rick Roark .... continuity
Bob Yothers .... continuity
John R. Ellis .... digital restoration (uncredited)
Greg Landholt .... special thanks
Jim Luckhaupt .... special thanks
Mark Springer .... special thanks
Julian Woelfel .... special thanks

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The first Feature film done in conjunction with The Ohio State University. The crew for the film were taking a brand new group production class at the university's Cinema School.See more »
Professor Noxx:Be good to your minds and they'll be good to you.See more »
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Referenced in WildCat (2007) (V)See more »


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10 out of 13 people found the following review useful.
An important film, ahead of its time…, 5 December 2004
Author: JamesLisk ( from Belleville, Ontario, Canada

Beyond Dreams Door was essentially the most important film in my young movie-watching life, and for good reason, as it represents everything a film should be - dynamic, experimental and most importantly, intelligent. It also yielded the notion, at least to me, that low-budget independent cinema was where the true passionate visionaries existed, people like Jay Woelfel.

Utilizing elements from popular culture and new wave French cinema and working with a limited budget and a mostly in experienced cast and crew, Jay Woelfel managed to craft a stylish cerebral film that dares to takes chances like few films before it were willing to do.

Bypassing the conventional formula exercised in most other horror films, Woelfel chooses to operate in a non-linear format (remember, this pre-dated Pulp Fiction and Reservoir Dogs by a few years) while also utilizing Hitchcock's various laws of systematization, specifically the use of colors, and the lighting schemes of the various characters. Add to this various other subtle factors that fail to stand-out during the initial viewings, but become quite prominent the more the film is examined, and, in the end, what you are left with is an important film, that is essentially way way ahead of its time.

The movie concerns a shy Ohio Psychology student Benjamin Dobbs, played by Nick Baldasare, who finds himself plagued by a series of horrific inter-connecting nightmares, after he unknowingly agrees to be apart of a dream research experiment. Ben's initial sense that the dreams might have something to do with the untimely loss of his parents quickly fades as they become increasingly stranger and more terrifying. Unable to cope, Ben seeks help in the form of the various on-campus teachers. His psychology professor Dr. Noxx, played Norm Singer, is his first obvious choice, and Noxx easily embraces Ben's pleas for help as something real. After looking into it, the two come upon a notation in a book, and a case history of another man named D.F. White, that seems to point definitively to the existence of the very things Ben has been dreaming about. Ben quickly discovers the 'things' in the dream realm aren't happy with the sudden Earthbound knowledge of their reality, and quickly take it upon themselves to get the evidence back any way they can. Woelfel makes a point to not render any religious allusions, and the doorway, and what lies beyond, remains vague enough for the viewers to decide for themselves what 'the beyond' actually is.

As the film unfolds, we also note that the narrative changes hands, along with the usage of colorful composition, as Ben passes on knowledge of his curse to the various people he asks for help. The second person to get swallowed up in Ben's nightmares is a teaching assistant Eric Baxter, played by Rick Kesler, who early on is posed a question by Noxx about what he would do if confronted with a life or death question -- and through the course of the film, is allowed to truly answer it. Baxter's initial reasons for helping Ben, and his later insistence that "It's not my problem" point to a screenplay not constructed to fit a formula, rather, the real actions of a three dimensional character. Also aiding Ben on his quest for answers is D.F. White (Daniel White) who died nearly twenty years earlier, and appears to him in the form of a ghostly apparition, or guardian angel, as one friend in college put it. The enigmatic White offers up cryptic words of advice, while leading Ben through the land of the dead and into the proverbial "light".

Visually the film is stunning, and the usage of color as a means of depicting the various character's motivations, is amazing. Personally, it was the first time I had ever seen it used before in film. Woelfel's insistence on telling the story in a non-linear format means a lot of jumping around, back-tracking, and various other things that will make for fun multiple viewings. Woelfel also avoids spoon-feeding his audience. Rather than pointing out the obvious, he allows the viewer to make up their own mind about what they are seeing. In my opinion, the film is much more effective because of this fact. The musical score, also composed by Jay Woelfel, is very good as it helps to add some genuine atmosphere to the film.

A few people have complained that the acting was stiff, but I felt it fit perfectly with the tone of the film, which is easily one of the more somber pieces one is likely to see. The special effects were lacking for the most part, but that doesn't take anything away from the piece as it becomes abundantly clear that this film is not about the boogeyman-in-the-closet but rather the psychology behind the boogeyman-in-the-closet.

Beyond Dreams Door is a cult film that has earned its status. It garnered much discussion and many long debates from my various friends in college, each with a differing theory one what, or who, Benjamin Dobbs is, and what actually lied beyond 'The Beyond'. I personally believe that Beyond Dreams Door should be mandatory viewing by anyone with a true interest in film. I highly recommend it.

Low-budget film-making at its absolute best!

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