Hammer House of Horror: Season 1, Episode 3

Rude Awakening (27 Sep. 1980)

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A real estate broker finds himself having dreams that seem to be incredibly real. They are so real, in fact, that he begins to wonder which is the dream and which is reality.



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Episode complete credited cast:
Norman Shenley
James Laurenson ...
Mr. Rayburn
Pat Heywood ...
Emily Shenley
Lucy Gutteridge ...
Eleanor Summerfield ...
Lady Strudwick
Dr. Melbury
Patricia Mort ...


The real state agent Norman Shenley hates his old wife Emily Shenley and wants to divorce her to marry his secretary Lolly. When a new client wants to sell an old and isolated mansion, Norman begins to have odd nightmares, and he becomes confused between reality and dream. When Norman awakes, a surprise waits for him. Written by Claudio Carvalho, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil

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The return to Hammer from Denholm Elliott and Eleanor Summerfield, Both had previously acted in Hammer Cinema films. See more »


In the dream where Lolly is dressed up in shocking (no pun intended) pink, Lucy Gutteridge is wearing her wedding ring when Norman and Lolly inspect the block of flats, but not in the previous scene when they are in the office. Nor in any other scene in the programme. See more »

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dream in a dream in a....
5 May 2010 | by (Midian) – See all my reviews

The beginning is very weird, in fact it's just like the trailer of this episode. We see things happening that we couldn't place and even when the episode really starts you never know if it is happening of if we are in a dream. It's very well done, no special effects but it's the editing that makes this episode. You have to watch very closely to sort all things out. Once you do you will be fooled again. It reminded me a bit of what they did later in Hellraiser 6, there we were in dreams too and just when you think it's all over well... The performances are great here especially Lucy Gutteridge, she appears in all kinds of persons and even has to do some nudity if you watch quickly. Anyway, typical Hammer.

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