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Deadly Dreams (1988)

From the director of the highly acclaimed "Body Chemistry," comes a frightening excursion into terror. Alex is caught in a web of distrust between his brother, his best friend, a beautiful ... See full summary »

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Kristine Peterson

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Thom Babbes
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Cast

Credited cast:
Mitchell Anderson ... Alex Torme
Juliette Cummins ... Maggie Kallir
Xander Berkeley ... Jack Torme
Thom Babbes ... Danny
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Gray Ainsworth Gray Ainsworth ... The Hunter
Timothy Austin Timothy Austin ... Young Alex Torme
Brent DeHart Brent DeHart ... Hotel Clerk
Beach Dickerson Beach Dickerson ... Sportsman #2
Troy Evans ... Sheriff
Geoffrey Forward Geoffrey Forward ... John Torme
Al Guarino Al Guarino ... Bartender
Jaime Kaplan Jaime Kaplan ... Boy with toy gun
Michael Leopard Michael Leopard ... Sportsman #1
Gyl Roland Gyl Roland ... Mrs. Torme
Lynn Philip Seibel Lynn Philip Seibel ... Coroner (as Lynn Seibel)
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From the director of the highly acclaimed "Body Chemistry," comes a frightening excursion into terror. Alex is caught in a web of distrust between his brother, his best friend, a beautiful stranger and the renewed dreams of the slaughter of his family. Written by Concorde - New Horizons (with permission).

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Horror | Thriller

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

26 October 1988 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Delirio criminal See more »

Filming Locations:

Santa Monica, California, USA

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Budget:

$400,000 (estimated)
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Sound Mix:

Mono

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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This film was shot in eighteen days around Christmas time. See more »

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Alex are you taking drugs?
20 October 2004 | by solSee all my reviews

***SPOILERS*** The movie "Deadly Dreams" starts off with a Christmas Eve massacre of Mr. & Mrs. Torme, Geoffery Forward & Gyl Roland, with their terrified ten year-old son Alex, Timothy Austin, running for his life outside the cabin into the woods from the masked killer. The killer turns out to be Norman Perkins, Gary Ainsworth, a disgruntled business partner of Mr. Torme who later turned the gun on himself. Waking up in a cold sweat Alex, Mitchell Anderson, now ten years later still has nightmares about that horrible incident.

"Deadly Dreams" does hold together at first until you realize that after a while you, as well as Alex, can't tell whats a dream and whats reality! That take away a lot from the tension and suspense of the movie.

The wolf-masked killer is seen popping up all over the place with really no real explanation why he's there and why have him put on that ridicules mask! Since were told who he is in the first place? Later we meet Alex's older brother Jack, Xander Berkeley, who seems to be mad at him for not tending to the family business which his parents left him. You wonder why did they leave it to the much younger Alex, who was ten at the time of his parents death, and not his older brother Jack who seemed to be much more competent. On top of all that Alex didn't seem to care if Jack was in charge so why the conflict between the two brothers?

Alex is attending college and does some free lance writing on the side and, with the exception of his nightmares, seems happy with his lot in life. Danny, Tom Babbes, a collage friend of Alex gets him to meet pretty and at the same time mysterious Maggie Kallir, Juliette Cummins, on a dare who we later see is having an affair with Jack. Together their both trying to drive poor Alex insane in order to get his share of the inheritance that was left to him from his parents. There's an even more sinister force involved in the story that doesn't reveal itself until the very last minute or so of the movie.

"Deadly dreams" could have been a really great horror movie but it was so hooked up in it's many dream sequences that they just about wrecked the entire film. The plot holes, mostly due to the dream sequences, were as deep and as many as a mine field in the Western Sahara Desert during the Battle of Al Alamine. Watching the movie I wondered what a top horror film director of the 1980's like Fred Walton or Sam Raimi would have done with the same movie? The improvement in the movies story-line would have been quite noticeable and made more sense.

The material in the film "Deadly Dreams" was far better then most stories that were made into horror/suspense films back then and the movie should have been far better then it ended up being. If only all those confusing and annoying dream-sequences were cut out of it.


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