Bad Dreams (1988)




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Movie Info

The only survivor of a mass suicide awakens after 13 years in a coma. When she begins to have visions of the cult leader she once followed, members of her therapy group start coming up dead.

Rating: R
Genre: Horror
Directed By:
Written By: Yuri Zeltser, Steven E. de Souza, Andrew Fleming
In Theaters:
On DVD: Apr 18, 2006
Anchor Bay Entertainment

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as Detective Wasserman

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as Unity Member #9

as Ron the Pharmacist

as Physical Therapist

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as Female Unity

as Reporter #2

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as Policeman at Fire

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Critic Reviews for Bad Dreams

All Critics (12) | Top Critics (4)

Full Review… | January 1, 2000
Chicago Sun-Times
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Full Review… | May 20, 2003
New York Times
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Full Review… | January 1, 2000
Washington Post
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Full Review… | January 1, 2000
Chicago Reader
Top Critic

The twist ending isn't bad, but everything else is dreary and derivative.

Full Review… | April 18, 2014
Creative Loafing

"Nightmare on Elm Street" rip-off with talky script, predictable plot twists, off-screen murders and no gore.

November 27, 2006

Audience Reviews for Bad Dreams


I'm kind of caught here. I somewhat liked it, but came away rather under-whelmed because it was all too familiar and there was something more interesting within this strange horror/thriller premise than what was chalked up. Even with some creative cracks, it should've been better. The story's direction seems a little uneven if it wants to go out to shock (a good amount of blood splatter is spilt), or play its cards for psychological torment. Something about it never entirely fulfils. The performances are the main reason this one doesn't slip off the mind too quick. The beautiful Jennifer Rubin is exceptional in brining out a vulnerable side, which is counter-punched by determination. Alongside her are a very good Bruce Abbott and a towering Richard Lynch brings an uneasy subtly to his menacing character. Harris Yulin, Sy Richardson, Susan Ruttan and an amusingly batty Dean Cameron chip in with durable support. Andrew Fleming's leisured direction is stylish, but has that breakable quality to it. Good use of lighting, colouring and composition in pockets drips of atmosphere. The material is enjoyable (if minimal), as the protagonist tries to overcome the hallucinations that might be because of her unstable state of mind or the simple reality of being haunted by a restless spirit. There's some black humour evident, but the by-the-numbers script goes about things rather seriously. As well it has a fine and compelling soundtrack to boot. The special effects and make-up FX stands-up well enough. A decent little film.

Cassandra Maples

Super Reviewer

Not a bad horror cult-classic of being haunted and hunted by the ghost.

Dean McKenna

Super Reviewer


The single survivor of a mass suicide cult wakes from a 13 year coma to find herself haunted by the burned visage of the cult leader, who wants her to join them.

The film never seemed to nail down what rules it was playing by, and the final reveals about the villain may be more complicated than necessary, but it does feature a few decent creepy moments


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