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Bad Dreams (1988)

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The lone survivor of a suicide cult wakes from a thirteen-year coma in a psychiatric ward, where other patients suddenly start dying under mysterious and gruesome circumstances.

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Andrew Fleming

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Andrew Fleming (story), Michael Dick (story) | 4 more credits »
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Jennifer Rubin ... Cynthia
Bruce Abbott ... Dr. Alex Karmen
Richard Lynch ... Harris
Dean Cameron ... Ralph
Harris Yulin ... Dr. Berrisford
Susan Barnes Susan Barnes ... Connie
John Scott Clough John Scott Clough ... Victor
Elizabeth Daily ... Lana (as E.G. Daily)
Damita Jo Freeman Damita Jo Freeman ... Gilda
Louis Giambalvo ... Ed
Susan Ruttan ... Miriam
Sy Richardson ... Detective Wasserman
Melissa Francis Melissa Francis ... Young Cynthia (as Missy Francis)
Sheila Scott Wilkinson Sheila Scott Wilkinson ... Hettie
Ben Kronen Ben Kronen ... Edgar
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Storyline

In the mid-'70s, a cult group called Unity Field commits mass suicide, but a young girl survives. After being in a coma for thirteen years she wakes up in a psyche ward, not remembering the incident. The psychiatrist tries to help her remember, but she begins seeing the leader of the cult talking to her from the grave, and the other members of her therapy group begin to commit suicide around her. Or is it suicide? Written by Ed Sutton <esutton@mindspring.com>

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Taglines:

13 years later... she awoke from the darkest coma to relive a forgotten evil. See more »

Genres:

Horror | Thriller

Certificate:

R | See all certifications »

Parents Guide:

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Details

Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

8 April 1988 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

La pesadilla mortal See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

$4,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$4,008,870, 10 April 1988

Gross USA:

$9,797,098

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$9,797,098
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Technical Specs

Runtime:

(FMC Library Print)

Sound Mix:

Dolby

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Trivia

Reviews cited the film as a derivative of A Nightmare on Elm Street (1984). Jennifer Rubin had earlier starred in A Nightmare on Elm Street 3: Dream Warriors (1987). See more »

Quotes

Dr. Alex Karmen: Mm, you know, I thought you might need some company tonight. It's safest here, really. The police are here, I'm here. We're going to have a nice, boring evening tonight. I even brought provisions: pure, unadulterated junk food. At this point who cares about chemicals?
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Alternate Versions

The 18-rated UK video release of this film was cut by 22 seconds by the BBFC to remove closeup shots of self-mutilation with a knife and a scalpel, and to reduce a scene where a man is repeatedly hit by a car. The cuts were waived by the BBFC in 2018 for DVD/Blu-ray. See more »


Soundtracks

La Donna è Mobile
Written by Giuseppe Verdi
Performed by Ferruccio Tagliavini
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Pretty interesting and gruesome horror film.
26 April 2006 | by HumanoidOfFleshSee all my reviews

In the mid-70s,the members of the love cult Unity Fields sought the ultimate joining by dousing themselves with gasoline and committing mass suicide.A young girl blown clear of the fiery explosion was the only survivor.Thirteen years later,Cynthia(Jennifer Rubin)awakens from a coma inside a psychiatric hospital with only buried memories of that horrific day.But when her fellow patients start committing suicide one by one,her past slowly begins to come back to terrifying life..."Bad Dreams" is a pretty average horror flick.It's well-paced and visually interesting.The acting by Richard Lynch,Jennifer Rubin and Bruce Abbott,three actors ignored by the mainstream,is solid and there is plenty of blood and gore including knife through hand and some nasty self-mutilation.7 out of 10.


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