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Bad Dreams (1988)

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The lone survivor of a suicide cult wakes from a thirteen-year coma in a psychiatric ward, where other patients suddenly start dying under mysterious and gruesome circumstances.

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Andrew Fleming

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Andrew Fleming (story), Michael Dick (story) | 4 more credits »
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Jennifer Rubin ... Cynthia
Bruce Abbott ... Dr. Alex Karmen
Richard Lynch ... Harris
Dean Cameron ... Ralph
Harris Yulin ... Dr. Berrisford
Susan Barnes Susan Barnes ... Connie
John Scott Clough John Scott Clough ... Victor
Elizabeth Daily ... Lana (as E.G. Daily)
Damita Jo Freeman Damita Jo Freeman ... Gilda
Louis Giambalvo ... Ed
Susan Ruttan ... Miriam
Sy Richardson ... Detective Wasserman
Melissa Francis Melissa Francis ... Young Cynthia (as Missy Francis)
Sheila Scott Wilkinson Sheila Scott Wilkinson ... Hettie
Ben Kronen Ben Kronen ... Edgar
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Storyline

In the mid-'70s, a cult group called Unity Field commits mass suicide, but a young girl survives. After being in a coma for thirteen years she wakes up in a psyche ward, not remembering the incident. The psychiatrist tries to help her remember, but she begins seeing the leader of the cult talking to her from the grave, and the other members of her therapy group begin to commit suicide around her. Or is it suicide? Written by Ed Sutton <esutton@mindspring.com>

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He is dead... but far from gone. And he's come back for his love child. See more »

Genres:

Horror | Thriller

Certificate:

R | See all certifications »

Parents Guide:

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Details

Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

8 April 1988 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

La pesadilla mortal See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

$4,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$4,008,870, 10 April 1988, Wide Release

Gross USA:

$9,797,098
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Technical Specs

Runtime:

(FMC Library Print)

Sound Mix:

Dolby

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Trivia

Directorial debut of Andrew Fleming. See more »

Quotes

Dr. Alex Karmen: [trying to hit Dr. Berrisford with his car] If you don't like the way I drive, Dr. Addictive Buttface, stay out of the parking lot!
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Alternate Versions

The 18-rated UK video release of this film was cut by 22 seconds by the BBFC to remove closeup shots of self-mutilation with a knife and a scalpel, and to reduce a scene where a man is repeatedly hit by a car. The cuts were waived by the BBFC in 2018 for DVD/Blu-ray. See more »

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Featured in Dream Cast (2011) See more »

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Sweet Child O' Mine
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NOSTALGIA
26 October 2003 | by rcavelleroSee all my reviews

For some odd reason I was the hugest fan of this film when it first came out. I made my father take me to see it over and over again. And to this say I still watch it every once in a while.I guess the main appeal of it when I was younger is that the villain somewhat resembled Freddy Krueger and the lead actress Jenifer Rubin was from A Nightmare on Elm st. 3. The film doesn't offer much in the way of truly effective horror. But it makes up for it in creativity. It veers from the typical horror route going into a slightly more intellectual one and trying to induce psychological scares. Sometime they work and sometimes they won't. But at any rate the film is quite enjoyable with one hell of a twist ending. Maybe it's the nostalgia I feel towards it or maybe it's still because it has such a kick ass poster.


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