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Nightmares Come at Night [Blu-ray] (Bilingual)

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  • Actors: Soledad Miranda, Diana Lorys
  • Directors: Jess Franco
  • Format: Original recording remastered, Subtitled, NTSC
  • Language: English, French
  • Subtitles: English
  • Region: Region A/1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • MPAA Rating: UNRATED
  • Studio: Mongrel Media
  • Release Date: Aug. 20 2013
  • Average Customer Review: 2.0 out of 5 stars 1 customer review
  • ASIN: B00CU00JLS
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #38,647 in DVD (See Top 100 in DVD)
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A Zagreb nightclub dancer, Cincia, moves in with Anne, a beautiful exotic dancer, and the two commence an odd, but erotic, relationship. The peace breaks, however, when Anne begins to have nightmarish visions of gory crimes -- starring herself as the perpetrator. When reality and fantasy blur, Anne begins to wonder if she's only dreaming the terror.

Special Features

Interviews with former friends and collaborators discussing Franco’s legacy (broken out into several segments among these new Franco releases), ALL NEW Audio Commentary by Tim Lucas, Trailers and much more!

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By The Movie Guy HALL OF FAMETOP 10 REVIEWER on Jan. 10 2015
Format: DVD
The film opens with a nude woman in bed, dreaming of herself as a nude woman in bed...and killing someone. Of course when you wake up with blood on your hands, it is time for a full frontal shower only to be dried off by a blond cow. Anna is a stripper who comes to live with Cynthia and has bad realistic dreams.

Not much of a story. A little twist. Dubbing left much to be desired. Acting seemed bad as was the dialogue. Acceptable DVD transfer. Only value is the nudity and sex which are never more than a few minutes apart.
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HASH(0xa771eb1c) out of 5 stars Not for the Franco beginner Aug. 9 2005
By Jeffrey Leach - Published on Amazon.com
Format: DVD
Jess Franco's "Nightmares Come at Night" aka "Les Cauchemars naissant la nuit" is important for two reasons. First, it's a movie that sounds far more important when referred to by its French title. Two, the gorgeous Soledad Miranda of "Vampyros Lesbos" and "She Killed in Ecstasy" fame turns up in a very small part. Fans of this exquisite Spanish beauty will love to see her in another Franco film, even if she's only onscreen for a matter of one or two minutes despite receiving prominence on the DVD case. "Nightmares," it turns out, is a rather obscure effort from director Franco that disappeared for a number of years. Many feared this film lost until it recently resurfaced just in time for the DVD revolution. After sitting through the roughly eighty minute runtime of "Les Cauchemars naissant la nuit," I'm beginning to understand the reasons for its obscurity; it's not the sort of film that would endear itself to a large audience. In terms of plot and linear continuity, "Nightmares" will induce nightmares in viewers trying to make sense of the whole thing. If the viewer approaches the film understanding that atmosphere is the name of the game, Franco's film is far more enjoyable. I wished I'd known that going in.

Here's the synopsis as far as I could discern after a viewing of the film. A stage performer of some repute named Anna (Diana Lorys) falls under the spell of another beautiful gal named Cincia (Colette Jack). Perhaps their budding relationship has something to do with the way Anna manipulates that feather boa onstage. Who knows? Anyway, Cincia brings Anna back to her sumptuous home in order to get to know her better, but ominous things start to happen soon after their first meeting. Anna frequently falls into these odd spells in which violent hallucinations assume frighteningly real dimensions. These spells along with the fact that Anna seems like she's a prisoner in this house point to something sinister going on. A doctor that drops by the house from time to time to treat Anna for her weird fugues, Paul (Paul Muller), doesn't seem to help matters much. As the film progresses, it's obvious Cincia is keeping some grand scheme hidden from Anna, and that the same scheme likely involves two enigmatic figures keeping tabs on the house from a building across the way (one of whom is Soledad Miranda). Who are these people and why are they so interested in Cincia and Anna? Does Paul have something to do with Anna's spells? What's going on?

That's it as far as plot goes, folks. I could reveal the little subplot that feels thrown in just to explain Anna's extended hallucinations, but why spoil what little there is to understand here? I think it becomes fairly obvious early on that Franco's interests lie in creating a certain mood and style rather than worrying much about telling a coherent story. And considering he has beautiful women like Diana Lorys, Soledad Miranda, and Colette Jack on hand to help realize his vision, I say let the man do whatever he wants. The vast majority of the film deals with Anna's wacked out visions, which essentially means we watch her cavorting about the house or onstage in various stages of undress while a real funky jazz-type score thuds away in the background. Cincia isn't shy about prancing around her digs in her birthday suit, either. Whether she's entertaining Anna or meeting up with a mysterious boyfriend, Cincia's hostility to clothing comes through in spades. Come to think of it, even Soledad Miranda displays a shocking disdain for garments when we see her lounging on a mattress in the house next door to Cincia's abode. We owe Jess Franco a round of applause for making such an anti-clothing statement!

"Nightmares Come at Night," despite the title, isn't a horror film by any stretch of the imagination. There is a bit of violence on display from time to time--nothing too tough to sit through--which occurs when Anna starts remembering a few killings she committed during her endless fugues. I think it's important to draw a distinction between this film and Franco's more explicit horror films like "Faceless" because if you're looking for something with a lot of gore, you won't enjoy "Nightmares Come at Night." This is a movie more in line with "Vampyros Lesbos"--scads of symbols and style wrapped around an altered sense of reality. It's an arty flick in every sense of the word, although the abundant nudity, extremely low budget, and various "interactions," for lack of a better term, between Anna and Cincia definitely fall into the realm of classic Eurosleaze. I liked the movie and feel good about giving it a decent rating, but I'd have been mighty disappointed had I gone into this one convinced I was going to see another "Faceless."

Media Blasters gives us a great DVD presentation of the film. The transfer looks good, despite a few scratches, and extras abound. A lengthy interview with Jess Franco gives us some good insight into the man's vision of filmmaking as well as a few of his typical gripes. Trailers for other discs from Media Blasters, some liner notes, and a photo gallery round out the DVD. I recommend "Nightmares Come at Night," but not for the Jess Franco first timer. Start with another film first, possibly "Vampyros Lesbos" or "Faceless" or "Marquis de Sade's Justine" before dipping your toe into this picture. Those films will give you a good idea of Franco's range, or lack thereof in the case of some of these movies, and will provide you with the necessary fortitude to plumb the depths of this enigmatic flick. Good luck.
6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0xa771ec6c) out of 5 stars Lurid and Moody ... Feb. 1 2005
By Dirtypearl - Published on Amazon.com
Format: DVD
Jess Franco's NIGHTMARES COME AT NIGHT was much better than I was expecting. This doesn't have Soledad Miranda in much of it, despite her billing on the box cover and still photos. However, the story and atmosphere was very close to the Franco film A VIRGIN AMONG THE LIVING DEAD in some of it's pace and moodiness. Franco's cinematragraphy seems a bit tighter here and Bruno Nicolai gives an inspiring score as always.

This film isn't for everyone and I am sure some Franco fans may cry foul at this release. Proceed with caution.
5 of 6 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0xa771efa8) out of 5 stars lesbians seeing stuff May 27 2007
By ribcage - Published on Amazon.com
Format: DVD
This is a pretty okay film about a lesbian who sees things and blacks out and hurts people. And the people who loved her and who manipulated her and things like that.

You know, some things were certainly happening in this movie, but I couldn't figure if the director intended for me to care or not. Or whether I was really supposed to know anything at all or not. But I didn't mind, I just went with the flow. Pretty fun movie to watch.

It's in a threepack with Werewolf Woman and Flesh for the Beast for actually a couple of bucks less, so you'll definitely want to pick that up instead of this dvd by itself. It's the same DVD as listed here too, so if you hate triplefeatures on single disks there's no problem there.
2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
By Drummerboy - Published on Amazon.com
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I had to fast forward thru some of this movie. The plot was easy to figure out and a lot of scenes were so fuzzy it was tough to make it out. I would only recommend this title if you want a little nudity and waste your time.
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0xa77201b0) out of 5 stars this could be titled "Nightmare Come Whatever Hour You Watch This Movie" because it was HORRIBLE March 7 2015
By BRIANNA - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Blu-ray
I purchased it because I both loved the cover and thought the premise could be interesting. What I saw instead was a movie so incredibly boring with seemingly no plot. Admittedly, though, I fell asleep at some point not that far into it. Maybe it redeemed itself but I doubt it and am a firm believer that almost all movies that are going to be good are immediately so. I would only recommend this as a sleeping pill.