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Nightmare (1981)

R | | Horror | 23 October 1981 (USA)
A mental patient embarks on a murder spree upon escaping from an institution.

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Romano Scavolini
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Baird Stafford ... George Tatum
Sharon Smith ... Susan Temper
C.J. Cooke C.J. Cooke ... C.J. Temper
Mik Cribben Mik Cribben ... Bob Rosen
Danny Ronan Danny Ronan ... Kathy the Babysitter
John L. Watkins John L. Watkins ... Man with Cigar (as John Watkins)
Bill Milling Bill Milling ... Paul Williamson (as William Milling)
Scott Praetorius ... Young George
William Kirksey William Kirksey ... George's Father (as William S. Kirksey)
Christina Keefe ... George's Mother
Tammy Patterson Tammy Patterson ... Tammy Temper
Kim Patterson Kim Patterson ... Kim Temper
Kathleen Ferguson Kathleen Ferguson ... Barbara
William Paul William Paul ... Steve
Tommy Bouvier Tommy Bouvier ... Joe
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Storyline

A mental-patient, who is troubled with horrible nightmares, has escaped from his hospital. Now on the streets he can't help killing innocent people. But there is one family he is more than interested in and when he tries to kill them, he finds that it's not that easy. Written by Tobias Broljung <larry@algonet.se>

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Taglines:

The Scream You Hear...Could Be Your Own! See more »

Genres:

Horror

Certificate:

R | See all certifications »

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

23 October 1981 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Blood Splash See more »

Company Credits

Production Co:

Goldmine Productions See more »
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Runtime:

Sound Mix:

Mono

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Trivia

Baird Stafford wore his father's trench coat for the sequence shot on 42nd Street. See more »

Goofs

During the decapitation scene, hands can be seen moving around and feeling the bleeding neck stump after the head falls off. This action in actuality would not be possible, due to the disconnection of the brain. See more »

Quotes

Man with Cigar: Now Paul, you... you believed in these drugs. And, you rebuilt this man. And you DID put him back out on the street. But now, he's out there killing people. And we can't have that. Now you find him... and you fix it.
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Alternate Versions

The complete and uncut version of Nightmare is also available on video in Australia. Unlike Schizo it is under the original title and runs for 100 minutes. It is distributed on the Video Classics Gold label and is also Rated R. Interestingly there is fractionally longer dialogue sequences than in some other uncut prints. See more »

Connections

Referenced in Video Violence (1987) See more »

Soundtracks

Dancing Close To You
Performed by The DaryB-Barber Band
Music and Lyrics by Ted Daryll
Courtesy of Turbine Films
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A pretty mean-spirited and sleazy slasher film
28 June 2011 | by Red-BarracudaSee all my reviews

This is one of the most prominent films on the legendary video nasty list. For those who do not know, this was a list of videos that were considered obscenely violent by the establishment in early 80's Britain. Nightmares in a Damaged Brain was one of the first to be tagged as problematic and it's distributor even served six months in prison for releasing the thing. The question now I suppose is how does it shape up today? Well, on the one hand, it isn't at all hard to understand how it made the list in the first place. On the other hand, it still works pretty well as a sleazy grind-house slasher movie.

The film in a nutshell is about a troubled man who is released from an asylum. Too early it seems, as he pretty much immediately starts committing brutal murders.

The film's primary notoriety I am guessing comes from the very mean-spirited violence. There isn't an awful lot of it but when it does happen it's very gory and brutal. Particularly nasty is a knife attack on a woman in her home, while the carnage inflicted by the little boy near the end is pretty intense. The film also has some scenes in New York where the psycho visits sex shows and starts to lose his fragile mind - these sequences resemble an exploitation version of Taxi Driver. So the film is essentially well served on the violence and sleaze fronts. The biggest problem is that it drags in the middle section. In this part the story relocates to follow the goings on of a family, one which our psychopath seems to be stalking for some reason. The pacing takes a dive here when we focus on these none too interesting characters. However, the aforementioned parts that bookend the family drama are certainly not boring.

Nightmares in a Damaged Brain is ultimately one of the better video nasties. Unlike many on the list it's actually pretty nasty at times. And that is kind of what you want really.


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