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Nightmares (1983)

Anthology of four horror tales with a supernatural twist based on urban legends.

Director:

Joseph Sargent
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Cristina Raines ... Lisa the Wife (segment "Terror in Topanga")
Joe Lambie Joe Lambie ... Phil the Husband (segment "Terror in Topanga")
Anthony James ... Store Clerk (segment "Terror in Topanga")
Clare Torao ... Mori the Newswoman (segment "Terror in Topanga") (as Clare Nono)
Raleigh Bond Raleigh Bond ... Norman, a Neighbor (segment "Terror in Topanga")
Robert Phelps Robert Phelps ... Newsman (segment "Terror in Topanga")
Dixie Lynn Royce Dixie Lynn Royce ... Little Girl (segment "Terror in Topanga")
Lee Ving ... William Henry Glazier (segment "Terror in Topanga") (as Lee James Jude)
Emilio Estevez ... J.J. Cooney (segment "The Bishop of Battle")
Mariclare Costello ... Adele Cooney (segment "The Bishop of Battle")
Louis Giambalvo ... Jerry Cooney (segment "The Bishop of Battle")
Moon Unit Zappa ... Pamela (segment "The Bishop of Battle") (as Moon Zappa)
Billy Jayne ... Zock Maxwell (segment "The Bishop of Battle") (as Billy Jacoby)
Joshua Grenrock Joshua Grenrock ... Willie (segment "The Bishop of Battle")
Gary Carlos Cervantes ... Mazenza (segment "The Bishop of Battle") (as Gary Cervantes)
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Storyline

A collection of short stories. In one a woman who leaves her house late at night to drive to the store while a killer is loose encounters some problems. In the second an arcade whiz kid's obsession with a game leads to deadly consequences. In the third a small town priest loses his faith and decides to leave town, but in the desert is stalked by a mysterious black pick-up truck. In the final story, a family's problem with a rat is larger than they think. Written by Parca Mortem <icy_shadow@rocketmail.com>

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You'll Never Be the Same See more »

Genres:

Horror | Sci-Fi

Certificate:

R | See all certifications »

Parents Guide:

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Details

Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

9 September 1983 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Night of the Rat See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

$6,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$590,616, 5 September 1983, Limited Release

Gross USA:

$6,670,680
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Company Credits

Production Co:

Universal Pictures See more »
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Runtime:

Sound Mix:

Mono

Color:

Color (Technicolor)

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Trivia

The recurring line of dialogue said by Bishop (voiced by actor James Tolkan) heard in "The Bishop of Battle" segment was: "Greetings, Earthling. I am the Bishop of Battle, master of all I survey. I have thirteen progressively harder levels. Try me if you dare." See more »

Goofs

In Chapter Three - The Benediction, a 1970 Chevelle Malibu 4-door sedan is used in several scenes (rear bumper with square taillights), and the car which is totalled before the segment ends is a 1972 model (rear bumper with 4 round taillights). The 1970 Chevelle used in the film has a front grille from a 1972 model, headlights from a 1971/72 (1970 Chevelles had 4 headlights up front), and turn signal lenses from a 1971. See more »

Quotes

[repeated line]
Bishop: Greetings, Earthling. I am the Bishop of Battle, master of all I survey. I have 13 progressively harder levels. Try me if you dare.
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Connections

References Los dos carnales (1983) See more »

Soundtracks

Louie Louie
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Written by Richard Berry
Performed by Black Flag
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Surprisingly creepy...
13 February 2002 | by The_CoreSee all my reviews

Thanks to good writing and excellent casting choices, this is (imho) the best of the "horror serial" movies popularized in the 1980's by films like "Creepshow." Some genuinely creepy moments and quality acting make for an excellent ride, although the first of the four stories is basically a throwaway. The special effects could be better, but this was the early 80's after all. Watch it at night after 1AM for best effect.

8/10


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