Beyond Bedlam (1994)

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Dr.Stephanie Lyell works for Neurological Research, and is testing a seemingly safe personality-altering drug on Marc Gilmour a notorious Serial Killer. But when a pair of bizarre suicides ... See full summary »



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Cast overview, first billed only:
Terry Hamilton
Stephanie Lyell
Marc Gilmour
Anita Dobson ...
Craig Kelly ...
Matthew Hamilton
Faith Kent ...
Miss Coope
Georgina Hale ...
Sister Romulus
WPC Foster
Zoe Heyes ...
Nurse Wrekin
Natasha Humphrey ...
Jack McKenzie ...
DCI Clery


Dr.Stephanie Lyell works for Neurological Research, and is testing a seemingly safe personality-altering drug on Marc Gilmour a notorious Serial Killer. But when a pair of bizarre suicides occur at Dr. Lyell's apartment complex, Homicide Detective Terry Hamilton connects the mysterious deaths to the drug's diabolical side effects on Gilmour. Only after they too begin to experience horrible dreams and hallucinations do Terry and Stephanie realize they are trapped in Gilmour's nightmarish world, from which there is no hope of escape. Written by Anonymous

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Psychological Terror Beyond Your Wildest Nightmares See more »


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Rated R for strong horror violence and gore, sexuality and language | See all certifications »




Release Date:

22 April 1994 (UK)  »

Also Known As:

Nightscare  »

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£3,000,000 (estimated)

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1.85 : 1
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First announced in the UK trades with a different cast many of these dropped out before filming started. See more »


Referenced in Empire of the Censors (1995) See more »


Composed by Carmen Lombardo & Danny Di Minno
Performed by Johnny More
Published by Peer Music
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Bedlam in the editing booth, or, Nightwasted
11 August 2004 | by (Upstate New York) – See all my reviews

Oh, the pain, the pain! This was a truly awful movie. I saw it on video as Nightscare, and it claimed to be as good as Hellraiser.

Dr. Lyell (Elizabeth Hurley) has developed an injection that is supposed to supply the neurotransmitter that psychopaths lack, giving them the positive social traits everyone else has. She apparently only tested it on one other person other than the serial killer Gilmour - herself. Two people die under strange circumstances in the apartment building she lives in. Detective Hamilton feels Gilmour must be involved. None of these characters are interesting, and the acting all around is pretty sub-par.

What is going on is unclear, not so much because of any surreal or Lynchian, etc. elements at work, but poor storytelling, editing, directing, etc. Apparently the drug gives Dr. Lyell bad dreams that come true. Or perhaps they create a link whereby Gilmour can make Lyell's dreams come true. However, Lyell and Hamilton both see and feel things happen to them while they are awake, that apparently Gilmour is causing while he is also awake. Lyell and Hamilton encounter people from their lives who are now dead, including people they inadvertently killed themselves. Lyell and Hamilton realize these people are dead, and the dead people tend to repeat whatever they say like broken records, and yet Lyell and Hamilton can't stop themselves from listening to the dead and conversing with them. At other times, Gilmour can apparently transfer himself out of his cell, and transform himself into other people. A mess.

The ending is truly awful, the sort of open ending one would expect from someone who hoped to make a sequel. Please, let there be no sequel to this, please!

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