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Les cauchemars naissent la nuit (1972)

Two exotic dancers embark on a erotic friendship which takes a turn when one of them begins having recurring nightmares of her killing people in which the line between realty and fantasy begins to blur to the most extreme.

Director:

Jesús Franco (as Jess Franco)

Writers:

Jesús Franco (screenplay and adaptation), Josyane Gibert (dialogue) (as Josiane Gibert)
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Cast

Credited cast:
Diana Lorys ... Anna de Istria
Paul Muller ... Dr. Paul Lucas
Jack Taylor ... Cynthia's Lover
Colette Giacobine Colette Giacobine ... Cynthia Robins (as Colette Jack)
Andrea Montchal Andrea Montchal ... The Neighbour (as André Montchall)
Soledad Miranda ... Neighbour's Girlfriend (as Susan Korda)
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Bob Buchholz ... Cynthia's Lover (voice)
Dorothy Elias-Fahn ... Cynthia Robins (voice)
Grant George ... The Neighbour (voice)
Dave Mallow ... Dr. Paul Lucas (voice)
Cindy Robinson ... Anna de Istria (voice)
Philece Sampler ... Neighbour's Girlfriend (voice)
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Storyline

In Zagreb, the striper Anna de Istria works in a sleazy cabaret. She is seduced by the blonde Cynthia Robins that invites her to move to her house. Ana is disturbed by nightmares, where she kills a man with a spear, and Cynthia calls Dr. Paul Lucas to treat Ana. Meanwhile, a couple that lives in the house next door spies the movement in Cynthia's house. Written by Claudio Carvalho, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil

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An Erotic Nightmare See more »

Genres:

Crime | Drama | Horror

Certificate:

Not Rated | See all certifications »
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Details

Country:

Liechtenstein

Language:

French

Release Date:

18 January 1973 (Belgium) See more »

Also Known As:

Nightmares Come at Night See more »

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Production Co:

Prodif Ets. See more »
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Sound Mix:

Mono

Color:

Color (Eastmancolor)| Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.66 : 1
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Trivia

This movie is a Mish Mash of two different unfinished Jess Franco movies. One with Paul Muller from 1969, the other with Soledad Miranda from 1970. See more »

Goofs

When Anna is watching the couple dancing, the woman has a purple top on. Halfway through, it pans to Anna and then back to the couple, where the woman has a skin-color shirt on. Again panning back to Anna and then the couple, the woman has the purple shirt back on. See more »

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22 August 2017 | by BezenbySee all my reviews

I paid twenty-five pence for this and still feel ripped off. I only bought it because my kids had already chosen three films and you get four for a pound in Cash Generators (certain branches only). I was also curious to see what the fuss is about Soledad Miranda, only to spend most of the running time wondering why the main lady prancing about and mumbling looked nothing like the girl on the cover.

Turns out Jess Franco has pulled a Godfrey Ho on us and spliced two films together, one of which contains Soledad (and her arse) hanging around an attic somewhere talking crap while the other concerns a psychotic stripper who keeps dreaming of killing people while having a relationship with a naughty lady in a big mansion. She also spends most of the film naked, as does most of the people here.

In the hands of a good director (or even a good bad director, like Bruno Mattei) the story of a psychotic stripper who may or may not be killing people while hunting for underwear would make for a hilarious and gory experience, but in the nicotine stained hands of Franco, every scene is drawn out beyond endurance, the whole thing is narrated by the lady in a slightly reverbed voice for extra crapness, and the nudity is probably more likely to bring those Cheese and Onion flavour Aldi crisps back up your throat. One woman's boob looked like a huge celeriac with an unfurled condom sitting on top of it and another looked like she'd been hit between the legs with a bag of soot. And since this is 1970's Europe, everyone looks like they stink.

Yet another winner from Franco then! Love the fact that during her strip scene, the lady narrates that her boss told her to make it seem like it went on forever and to be a slow as possible. Consider your job done, missus!


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