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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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Details

Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

9 September 1983 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Terror in Topanga 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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Technical Specs

Runtime:

Sound Mix:

Mono

Color:

Color (Technicolor)

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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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 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

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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Soundtracks

Louie Louie
(uncredited)
Written by Richard Berry
Performed by Black Flag
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The movie as a whole gets a 7.5, but Bishop of Battle gets a 9
4 January 2003 | by deudSee all my reviews

The movie as a whole is worth watching, in any case, start to finish, but the Bishop of Battle clearly stands out.

Emilio Esteves and the entire supporting cast give excellent performances. The story is both fun and scary, and the soundtrack rules.

Favorite scene: In the arcade in the Mexican neighborhood.

Favorite line: "There IS a level 13. I heard some kid out in Jersey got it twice."


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