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Nightwish (1989)

A professor and four graduate students journey to a crumbling mansion to investigate paranormal activity and must battle ghosts, aliens and satanic entities.

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Bruce R. Cook

Writer:

Bruce R. Cook
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Cast

Cast overview:
Brian Thompson ... Dean
Jack Starrett ... Professor
Elizabeth Kaitan Elizabeth Kaitan ... Donna
Alisha Das Alisha Das ... Kim
Clayton Rohner ... Jack
Artur Cybulski Artur Cybulski ... Bill
Robert Tessier ... Stanley
Tom Dugan ... Wendall
Gayle Vance Gayle Vance ... Fruit Stand Lady
John Hayden John Hayden ... Fruit Stand Boy
Jared Coulter Jared Coulter ... Ghost Boy
Kazuko Ohashi Kazuko Ohashi ... Slug Girl#1
Elizabeth Hegyes Elizabeth Hegyes ... Slug Girl#2
Joanne House Joanne House ... Title Sequence Model
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Grad students and their apparently unbalanced professor gather in a remote cabin to document some supernatural goings-on. Before long, people are going insane, hallucinations are popping up all over the place, and nobody's entirely sure what's real and what's not. Written by Brian J. Wright <bjwright@acs.ucalgary.ca>

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In your dreams no one can hear you Scream.

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Horror

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

21 April 1990 (Taiwan) See more »

Also Known As:

Nightwish See more »

Filming Locations:

Los Angeles, California, USA

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Ultra Stereo

Color:

Color
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Trivia

Filmed in 1988, unreleased until 1990. See more »

Goofs

Clayton Rohner's character Jack has part of his right hand ring finger cut off, only to have his left hand bandage in the next scene and his properly injured hand bandaged in the scene after that. See more »

Quotes

Dean: The highway's mine.
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Connections

References The Wizard of Oz (1939) See more »

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Boring and confusing mess
4 May 2009 | by The_VoidSee all my reviews

Nightwish is an obscure eighties horror effort; and I'm not surprised it never hit the mainstream; there's a hell of a lot of ideas in this film, and really that's the problem; it just bites off far more than it can chew and tries to do too much - the result is just a big gory mess. The plot would appear to take some influence from A Nightmare on Elm Street at first glance; but with all the additional nonsense that gets added in, by the end of it I wasn't really sure exactly where writer-director Bruce R. Cook got his inspiration from. Anyway, the plot focuses on a group of people researching dreams. They go to an old mansion where, allegedly, there have been some paranormal goings-on. It's not long after arriving at the house that the group finds that there are indeed some evil forces at work and pretty soon members of the group are being possessed, while others are hallucinating and nobody is really sure what is reality and what is just their imagination. I wasn't sure either because it's all so confusing!

First of all, I've got to give this film some credit for the atmosphere; 'the old house' is a popular location because it brings with it a certain malevolence; and the director really capitalises on that well. Unfortunately, he doesn't match this with his plot and special effects. The special effects are a rather mixed bunch; some of it quite gory and realistic, while at other times the effects are ridiculous and look like something you'd find on a Saturday morning kids show. Once we actually get to the house, the plot rather just goes out of the window and instead we focus on the basic premise; which just involves the characters hallucinating and stuff. I really can't say any of this stuff is interesting and the only really well done sequence that occurs during the main bulk of the movie is a part that sees some of the main characters tortured. I started to care less and less about the film the further it went on and was so bored by the end that I really didn't care about the awful conclusion. Overall, Nightwish could have been decent; but due to poor handling it isn't.


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