5.6/10
2,972
50 user 48 critic

Bad Dreams (1988)

Trailer
1:50 | Trailer

On Disc

at Amazon

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.

Director:

Andrew Fleming

Writers:

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

Videos

Photos

Learn more

More Like This 

Horror | Thriller
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.6/10 X  

A deranged, misogynistic killer assaults a journalist. When he discovers that she survived the attack, he follows her to the hospital to finish her off.

Director: Jean-Claude Lord
Stars: Michael Ironside, Lee Grant, Linda Purl
Horror | Thriller
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.7/10 X  

Three children are born at the height of an eclipse of the sun. Ten years later, they begin to murder the people around them - even their family members.

Director: Ed Hunt
Stars: Lori Lethin, Melinda Cordell, Julie Brown
Horror
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 4.5/10 X  

Through the reflection in the mirror, a girl witnesses her mother's boyfriend's murder.

Director: Ulli Lommel
Stars: Suzanna Love, John Carradine, Ron James
Comedy | Horror | Thriller
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 4.7/10 X  

A group of cheerleaders become the targets of an unknown killer at a remote summer camp.

Director: John Quinn
Stars: Betsy Russell, Leif Garrett, Lucinda Dickey
Horror | Mystery | Thriller
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 4.8/10 X  

A group of teenagers at a party find themselves being stalked by a maniacal killer in a Santa Claus costume.

Director: David Hess
Stars: Jennifer Runyon, Forrest Swanson, Linda Gentile
Unhinged (1982)
Horror
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5/10 X  

Three college girls on their way to a jazz festival crash their car in the isolated woods during a rainstorm, and are taken in by a mysterious family in an old mansion. Little do the girls know, the family has a dark, murderous secret.

Director: Don Gronquist
Stars: Laurel Munson, Janet Penner, Sara Ansley
Popcorn (1991)
Comedy | Horror
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.8/10 X  

A murderer begins killing off teenagers at a horror movie marathon they have organized in an abandoned theater.

Directors: Mark Herrier, Alan Ormsby
Stars: Jill Schoelen, Tom Villard, Dee Wallace
Madhouse (1981)
Horror
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.6/10 X  

A woman is pursued by her murderous, psychopathic twin sister in the days leading up to their birthday.

Director: Ovidio G. Assonitis
Stars: Patricia Mickey, Michael MacRae, Dennis Robertson
Sole Survivor (1984)
Horror | Thriller
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.2/10 X  

A lone survivor of a plane crash is haunted by a feeling unworthy of survival. Dead people start coming after her to collect her.

Director: Thom Eberhardt
Stars: Anita Skinner, Kurt Johnson, Robin Davidson
The Slayer (1982)
Horror | Mystery
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5/10 X  

Two couples become stranded on a rugged isle, and are haunted by a supernatural beast, drawn to the wife of one of the couples, who dreams of its killings.

Director: J.S. Cardone
Stars: Sarah Kendall, Frederick Flynn, Carol Kottenbrook
X-Ray (1981)
Horror | Thriller
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5/10 X  

While receiving a routine check-up, a woman finds herself stranded on the hospital's eighth floor, while someone dressed as a doctor is intent on her never leaving, even if it means killing any staff member who comes into contact with her.

Director: Boaz Davidson
Stars: Barbi Benton, Charles Lucia, Jon Van Ness
Horror | Thriller
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5/10 X  

Four college students are stalked by an unknown assailant while staying on campus over the Christmas holidays to help clear out a dormitory which is to be demolished.

Directors: Stephen Carpenter, Jeffrey Obrow
Stars: Laurie Lapinski, Stephen Sachs, David Snow
Edit

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
Edit

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>

Plot Summary | Add Synopsis

Taglines:

He is dead... but far from gone. And he's come back for his love child. See more »

Genres:

Horror | Thriller

Certificate:

R | See all certifications »

Parents Guide:

View content advisory »
Edit

Details

Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

8 April 1988 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

La pesadilla mortal See more »

Edit

Box Office

Budget:

$4,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$4,008,870, 10 April 1988, Wide Release

Gross USA:

$9,797,098
See more on IMDbPro »

Company Credits

Show more on IMDbPro »

Technical Specs

Runtime:

(FMC Library Print)

Sound Mix:

Dolby

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
See full technical specs »
Edit

Did You Know?

Trivia

James Cameron would often visit the set and give notes and ideas to first-time director, Andrew Fleming. See more »

Quotes

Harris: [while giving a TV interview] I could kill you right now, couldn't I?
Reporter #1: You could.
Harris: [laughs] But I won't.
See more »

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 »

Connections

Referenced in House IV (1992) See more »

Soundtracks

My Way
Performed by Mamby Pamby & The Smooth Putters
See more »

Frequently Asked Questions

This FAQ is empty. Add the first question.

User Reviews

 
It has some interesting plot points.
1 March 2014 | by Hey_SwedenSee all my reviews

Watchable, sometimes offbeat and humorous horror film that seems as if it intends to coast on the success of the "Nightmare on Elm Street" series but ends up going on its own merry path. It works best when our heroine is still trying to make sense of macabre events and is not sure what the truth is. The writing is silly at times, but there are also fun moments. Some of the special effects are bad, yet at the same time there's some hilarious over the top gore. Making it entertaining enough to watch are some great lines and a number of amusing, attention-getting performances.

The movie stars "Nightmare on Elm Street 3: Dream Warriors" cast member Jennifer Rubin as Cynthia, who as a child had survived a suicide pact engineered by ultra creepy cult leader Harris (Richard Lynch at his best). Now she's a 20 something adult who's just awakened from a coma, and she's put into group therapy run by kindly Alex Karmen (Bruce Abbott of "Re- Animator" fame). Soon the people in this group start to die horrible deaths and Cynthia is convinced that Harris's spirit (which sometimes appears to her as a nastily charred corpse) is the one killing them.

Rubin is appealing if not that good as an actress; at least she conveys a sense of naivety and innocence. Abbott is good, as is the excellent character actor Harris Yulin - a man who's always excelled at playing unbelievably smug and pompous jerks - as Karmens' colleague. Dean Cameron ("Summer School") supplies a lot of the comedy, improvising most of his best lines (you have to pay attention to catch one of them). Susan Barnes and Sy Richardson (both from "Repo Man"), Louis Giambalvo ("Weekend at Bernie's"), ever adorable actress / singer / voice over artist Elizabeth Daily, Susan Ruttan ('L.A. Law'), and Charles "voice of Roger Rabbit" Fleischer all put in appearances as well.

Co-written and directed by Andrew Fleming ("The Craft"), this is intriguing for a while - with a memorable "revenge" / black comedy sequence near the end - but ultimately comes to a humdrum conclusion. It does show off Rubins' beauty to great effect and can boast some good visual tricks and scene transitions. Oscar winner Michele Burke does the nicely grisly makeup effects.

Overall, not bad; it may be worth viewing for devotees of 80s genre fare.

Six out of 10.


0 of 0 people found this review helpful.  Was this review helpful to you? | Report this
Review this title | See all 50 user reviews »

Contribute to This Page

Stream Action and Adventure Titles With Prime Video

Explore popular action and adventure titles available to stream with Prime Video.

Start your free trial



Recently Viewed