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Beyond Dream's Door (1989)

Not Rated | | Drama, Fantasy, Horror | 1989 (USA)
Ben's nightmares come back to haunt him and his friends in this psychological/supernatural horror film.


Jay Woelfel


Jay Woelfel


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Cast overview, first billed only:
Nick Baldasare ... Ben Dobbs
Rick Kesler ... Eric Baxter
Susan Pinsky ... Julie Oxel
Norm Singer ... Professor Noxx
Daniel White Daniel White ... D.F. White
John Dunleavy ... Janitor
Darby Vasbinder Darby Vasbinder ... Witch
Marge Whitney ... Mrs. Oxel
Lucas Simpson ... Ricky
Daniel Carnevale ... Ben Dobbs (future)
Raymond Michael Bell Raymond Michael Bell ... Dead Dreamer (as R. Michael Bell)
Michelle Lorch Michelle Lorch ... Dead Dreamer
Patricia Resatka Patricia Resatka ... Dead Dreamer
Evan Stansbury Evan Stansbury ... Dead Dreamer
Eric Swelstad ... Dead Dreamer


Ben's nightmares come back to haunt him and his friends in this psychological/supernatural horror film.

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Where dreams become reality and your worst nightmares come true!!! See more »


Drama | Fantasy | Horror


Not Rated






Release Date:

1989 (USA) See more »

Filming Locations:

Columbus, Ohio, USA

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Production Co:

Panorama Entertainment See more »
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Did You Know?


Began filming on April Fool's Day in 1987. Cast and crew hoped that wasn't a bad thing. See more »


Professor Noxx: Be good to your minds and they'll be good to you.
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Crazy Credits

Beyond Dream's Door is a work of fiction and bears no similarities to real characters or events in your world at any point in the past, future or anywhere in between. See more »

Alternate Versions

The film was restored for its re-release on VHS and DVD in 2015. The edit of the film and the sound mix are the same as on the director's cut previously on DVD from 2006. The film however had much digital clean up of scratches and dirt that were present on all previously available versions. Also additional color correction was done to repair grain and film grain problems that were on all previous releases. See more »


References Psycho (1960) See more »

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nightmares within nightmares intruding into real life; pretty good experimentalish low-budgeter
16 January 2005 | by FieCrierSee all my reviews

I found this to be pretty enjoyable. I could see how people might be frustrated by the uneven monster and gore effects. Sometimes they're pretty good, and sometimes (particularly when they show too much) they're pretty cheesy. Given how much of the movie is composed of nightmares, or nightmares intruding into reality, the way things look can be blamed on the dreams.

The story isn't clear from the start, since the movie starts off with a dream within a dream (or maybe even a layer or two beyond that). It becomes clear that the main character, Ben Dobbs, is a college student who after years of not remembering his dreams, is now having a series of nightmares. Each one picks up where the previous left off, more or less. He finds that when he tells people about his dreams, they start seeing them too, even when they're awake.

There's one dream sequence involving someone going into a basement, and finding a figure facing the wall in a corner, and then the camera retreating in a shaky hand-held fashion that I wonder if it influenced a certain other movie....

The video box claimed the movie was inspired by H.P. Lovecraft (though not based on anything by him specifically). I can sort of see that, with some of the stories of his that deal with dreams, and also his poetry. There's a poem recited in the movie from which the title comes.

I liked it and I'd be curious the see the DVD which may be coming out this year.

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