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Dream Demon (1988)

A young woman about to be married begins having terrifying dreams about demons. When she wakes, however, the demons are real and begin to commit gruesome murders.

Director:

Harley Cokeliss (as Harley Cokliss)

Writers:

Christopher Wicking, Harley Cokeliss (as Harley Cokliss) | 1 more credit »
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Cast

Complete credited cast:
Jemma Redgrave ... Diana
Kathleen Wilhoite ... Jenny Hoffman
Timothy Spall ... Peck
Jimmy Nail ... Paul
Mark Greenstreet Mark Greenstreet ... Oliver
Susan Fleetwood ... Deborah
Annabelle Lanyon ... Little Jenny
Nickolas Grace ... Jenny's Father
Patrick O'Connell ... Detective
Andrew Jones Andrew Jones ... Designer
Richard Warner ... Minister
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A young woman about to be married begins having terrifying dreams about demons. When she wakes, however, the demons are real and begin to commit gruesome murders.

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Two women trapped in a savage nightmare... To escape they must confront the

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Horror

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R | See all certifications »

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Country:

UK

Language:

English

Release Date:

6 October 1988 (West Germany) See more »

Also Known As:

Descenso a los infiernos See more »

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GBP3,000,000 (estimated)
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Sound Mix:

Dolby

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Film debut of Jemma Redgrave. See more »

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Referenced in Dispatches: Beyond Belief (1992) See more »

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High on ambition...low on results
30 October 2005 | by CoventrySee all my reviews

The last thing you expect from a low-budget 80's horror film with the word 'demon' in its title is complexity and confusion, and yet all you get from "Dream Demon" is complexity and confusion. This British production tries to be more intelligent than the classic it obviously imitates (Nightmare on Elm Street) with a very intricate "what's-a-dream-and-what's-reality"-structure. The highly ambitious script (co-written by director Cokeliss) intertwines the premarital nightmares of young virgin Diana with the blurry childhood traumas of punk-girl Jenny and, most of the time, you haven't got a clue what's really going on. Diana's dreams, revolving on dark secrets inside the mirrors of her house, connect her to Jenny, who lived there as a kid and returned to Britain to find out who her real parents were. In the meantime, Diana's dreams cause the violent deaths of some persistent journalists that are interested in her upcoming marriage with a local army-hero. Maybe if he had a little more budget (or talent...), director Cokeliss might had worked out the interesting ideas more carefully. The story really does have potential and there are obvious moments of ingeniousness, but the wholesome is shaky and unappealing. Too bad, because "Dream Demon" definitely has style! The atmosphere is often uncanny and the camera-work is very inventive. The acting performances are far above average and the gruesome make-up effects (although nearly not enough in my opinion) look very convincing. All in one...not recommended.


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