From The Director Of THE CRAFT, The Screenwriter Of DIE HARD, & The Producer Of THE TERMINATOR In the mid-70s, the members of the love cult Unity Fields sought the ultimate joining by dousing themselves with gasoline and committing mass suicide. A young girl blown clear of the fiery explosion was the only survivor. Thirteen years later, Cynthia (Jennifer Rubin of A NIGHTMARE ON ELM STREET 3) awakens from a coma inside a psychiatric hospital with only buried memories of that horrific day. But now, her fellow patients are each being driven to their own violent suicides. Has the sects hideously burned leader (Richard Lynch) returned to claim his final child, or is something even more depraved lurking within her BAD DREAMS? Bruce Abbott (RE-ANIMATOR), Harris Yulin (SCARFACE), E.G. Daily (THE DEVILS REJECTS) and Dean Cameron (SUMMER SCHOOL) co-star in this intense horror shocker directed by Andrew Fleming (THE CRAFT, DICK), co-written by Steven de Souza (DIE HARD, 48 HRS) and produced by Gale Anne Hurd (ARMAGEDDON, T2).
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Yet "Bad Dreams" is a cut above for many reasons. The first being that the film is filled with surrealistic arresting images-in particular, the house where the mass suicide took place is an intriguing looking building, tragically beautiful.
Secondly, "Bad Dreams" encompasses a fascinating character in the African American female mental patient who frequently says mysterious and pseudo religious things and seems to be the only one who knows whats going on.
Thirdly, the acting by all involved is really superior to what you find in most horror films. Rubin is especially good at emoting and I am mystified why I never heard of her before I rented this film.
Lastly, I think most viewers miss an interesting touch in the film, at one point, Cynthia is sitting in the grass turned around in the exact same pose as the painting by Andrew Wyeth "Christina's World"! It was a really awesome touch that I think may go unappreciated by those not farmiliar with this painting.
In short, "Bad Dreams" is a must see, with a great twist ending also. A must for any horror fan or suspense lover.
I personally enjoy 80's horrors like this even if they often seem chessy or uber-gruesome. 'Bad Dreams' is an under-rated gem of a horror film and the effects are NOT bad despite what Mr. Professional critic at the top of the page may say. Only you can really judge for yourself. If you're a fan of Freddy, or effects laden horror/suspense then give 'Bad Dreams' a try, it also has a twist at the end which means at least some thought went into this script.
This movie is, indeed, a cut above the rest as it doesn't explain everything to the letter as other movies do. For me, that's what ruins the mystery and the chances of me watching it again.
What drew me the most to this movie was the soundtrack. Nothing like hearing The Chambers Brothers "Time Has Come Today" (during the initial suicide scene and when Cynthia revisited the horror awake and alseep) as well as "I Had Too Much to Dream Last Night" by The Electric Prunes (played as the ambulance took Cynthia away from the scene at the very beginning of the movie).
This movie is definitely worth watching many times.
Most recent customer reviews
THIS MOVIE IS RARE AND OUT OF PRINT ON VHS, IF YOU CAN FIND A COPY OF IT, BUY IT RIGHT AWAY. THE LOCATION IN THE HOSPITAL REMINDS ME OF HALLOWEEN 2 WHICH I THOUGHT WAS A PRETTY... Read morePublished on Dec 30 2005
Bad dreams is the kind of movie you watch on an empty stomach. There are a lot of very gross bloody scenes, so if you have a weak stomach you might want to sit this one out. Read morePublished on Feb. 17 2002
"Bad Dreams" is a story that is so horribly bad that is only great for a Friday nite when nothing else is on cable! Read morePublished on April 3 2000
Bad Dreams, is a good movie. It is very suspenceful and is worth buying,if you are a horror movie freak like me.Published on Nov. 2 1999
No offense to the actors, but this film isn't worth the tape it's preserved on. What saves this film from the dregs of cheesy horror films are two things: a couple excellent death... Read morePublished on July 28 1999
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