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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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Taglines:

Just shut your eyes . . . and scream. See more »

Genres:

Horror | Sci-Fi

Certificate:

R | See all certifications »

Parents Guide:

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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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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 movie's four segments are supposedly all apparently based on "urban legends". The later film Urban Legend (1998), like the first "Terror in Topanga" segment of Nightmares (1983), similarly began with a killer hiding in the back seat of a car, which is an "urban legend". See more »

Goofs

When Father MacLeod is saying the funeral Mass for the slain child, the Latin he uses is completely random. For example, during the ablutions (where he is washing his fingers presumably prior to the consecration) he is saying the "Hail Mary", which is not part of the Mass liturgy at all. Also, if the action is contemporary (as the cars being used suggest), the Mass would almost certainly be in the vernacular (i.e. either English or Spanish). See more »

Quotes

Zock Maxwell (segment "The Bishop of Battle"): JJ. Don't you get it? Thirteenth level doesn't even exist. It's just a scam to get suckers to spend their money.
J.J. Cooney (segment "The Bishop of Battle"): It exists. I heard some kid out in Jersey made it twice.
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Connections

References El hijo del palenque (1979) See more »

Soundtracks

I Don't Care About You
(uncredited)
Performed by Fear
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For those not afraid of the 80's
9 August 2003 | by HyperPupSee all my reviews

For those not afraid of cheapo 80's television horror comes Nightmares. Essentially this was the remainder of the filmed episodes of Universals anthology series "The Darkroom", you know, the short lived one that was on ABC in the early eighties, had James Coburn as the host. Oh well, I tried. Anywho, the 4 story movie was very "un-scary" to most, but entertaining enough to sit through if you enjoy speculative fiction type stories. Of course the staple memory from this movie is the segment with E.Esteves called "The Bishop of Battle". After TRON failed to bag box office reciepts in the upper millions, I guess Universal thought they could do better with a video game nightmare story replete with computer graphics. Must have worked for this film as mentioning this segment, jars memories even in this day. Trivia bit: Eighties icon Moon Unit Zappa makes a guest appearance in the film, see if you can spot her.


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