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Nightmares (1983)

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

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Joe Lambie ...
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Store Clerk (segment "Terror in Topanga")
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Mori the Newswoman (segment "Terror in Topanga") (as Clare Nono)
Raleigh Bond ...
Norman, a Neighbor (segment "Terror in Topanga")
Robert Phelps ...
Newsman (segment "Terror in Topanga")
Dixie Lynn Royce ...
Little Girl (segment "Terror in Topanga")
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William Henry Glazier (segment "Terror in Topanga") (as Lee James Jude)
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Adele Cooney (segment "The Bishop of Battle")
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Jerry Cooney (segment "The Bishop of Battle")
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Pamela (segment "The Bishop of Battle") (as Moon Zappa)
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Joshua Grenrock ...
Willie (segment "The Bishop of Battle")
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Mazenza (segment "The Bishop of Battle") (as Gary Cervantes)
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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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Just shut your eyes . . . and scream. See more »

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Horror | Sci-Fi

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9 September 1983 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Night of the Rat  »

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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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Trivia

The American Film Institute reports that, according to the 11th July 1986 edition of show-business trade paper 'Daily Variety', ". . . the mystery writer Patricia J. Thurmond, also known as Patricia Steele, filed a plagiarism suit against Universal, alleging that one of the chapters in Nightmares (1983) was based on her story, 'If Cornered, Scream', which originally appeared in a 1977 issue of Ellery Queen's Mystery Magazine. Thurmond requested an injunction against the film and unspecified compensation for 'loss of profits and failure to give her screen credit'." See more »

Goofs

In "The Benediction," just after the demon truck leaps out of the ground and begins to chase Frank again, the shooting lights on the camera tracking truck are reflected on the side of Frank's car and are clearly visible for several seconds, despite the brightness of the day. See more »

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[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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Referenced in Video Violence (1987) See more »

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Performed by Negative Trend
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Surprisingly creepy...
13 February 2002 | by See 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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