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Nightmare (1981)

R | | Horror | 23 October 1981 (USA)
A mental patient embarks on a murder spree upon escaping from an institution.

Director:

Romano Scavolini
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Baird Stafford ... George Tatum
Sharon Smith ... Susan Temper
C.J. Cooke C.J. Cooke ... C.J. Temper
Mik Cribben Mik Cribben ... Bob Rosen
Danny Ronan Danny Ronan ... Kathy the Babysitter
John L. Watkins John L. Watkins ... Man with Cigar (as John Watkins)
Bill Milling Bill Milling ... Paul Williamson (as William Milling)
Scott Praetorius ... Young George
William Kirksey William Kirksey ... George's Father (as William S. Kirksey)
Christina Keefe ... George's Father Lover
Tammy Patterson Tammy Patterson ... Tammy Temper
Kim Patterson Kim Patterson ... Kim Temper
Kathleen Ferguson Kathleen Ferguson ... Barbara
William Paul William Paul ... Steve
Tommy Bouvier Tommy Bouvier ... Joe
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Storyline

A mental-patient, who is troubled with horrible nightmares, has escaped from his hospital. Now on the streets he can't help killing innocent people. But there is one family he is more than interested in and when he tries to kill them, he finds that it's not that easy. Written by Tobias Broljung <larry@algonet.se>

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If you were terrified by "Dawn of the Dead" & "Friday the 13th" you must see NIGHTMARE. See more »

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Horror

Certificate:

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Trivia

Made under the title "Dark Games." See more »

Goofs

During the decapitation scene, hands can be seen moving around and feeling the bleeding neck stump after the head falls off. This action in actuality would not be possible, due to the disconnection of the brain. See more »

Quotes

Man with Cigar: SORRY? You lose a dangerously psychotic patient from a secret experimental drug program, and all you can say is "I'm sorry"?
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Alternate Versions

In Germany , the film has been released uncut on DVD from Laser paradise in its Blood Edition. See more »

Connections

References The Funhouse (1981) See more »

Soundtracks

Necessary Evil
Sung by Those Northern Women
Music and Lyrics by Jack Eric Williams
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Forgotten cult classics #8
25 November 2001 | by DJ InfernoSee all my reviews

"Nightmare (in a damaged brain)" is a dark and sinister mixture between William Lustig´s "Maniac" (1980) and John McNaughton´s "Henry: Portrait of a Serial Killer" (1986). The nightmarish atmosphere of Scavolini´s film is combined with some creepy and bizarre flashbacks - the most memorable one is the scene when young madman George Tatum beheads a prostitute and splits the head of his father with an axe..! Gore galore!! Main actor Baird Stafford is almost as great as the legendary Michael Rooker, supporting actor Mik Cribben filmed some years later the Troma-shot "Beware! Children at play"... "Nightmare" is one of the most disturbing, but also fascinating movies about psycho-killers that deserves much more praise and attention than it actually gets!!


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Country:

USA | Italy

Language:

English

Release Date:

23 October 1981 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Nightmare See more »

Company Credits

Production Co:

Goldmine Productions See more »
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Sound Mix:

Mono

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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