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Bad Dreams (1988)

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The sole survivor of a psycho-led mass suicide awakens from a 13-year coma and begins having visions of the cult leader who was also killed in the fiery death scene. She resists his efforts to have her join him in the hereafter, and soon members from her therapy group start dropping like flies. ~ Rovi

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Apr 18, 2006

Anchor Bay Entertainment

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

April 18, 2014 Full Review Source: Creative Loafing
Creative Loafing

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

November 27, 2006

A solid, underrated horror film.

May 18, 2006 Full Review Source: FulvueDrive-in.com
FulvueDrive-in.com

Aside from a suitably intimidating performance from Richard Lynch (and a handful of semi-creative kill scenes), there's not a whole lot to recommend the thing.

April 30, 2006 Full Review Source: DVDTalk.com
DVDTalk.com

Almost funny enough to be entertaining, but not quite.

September 18, 2003
Mountain Xpress (Asheville, NC)

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.
August 25, 2009
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Not a bad horror cult-classic of being haunted and hunted by the ghost.
August 26, 2007
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Dean McKenna

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This tried hard to cash in on the success of "Nightmare on Elm Street 3", even involving many of the same cast members, but it just isn't anywhere near as good.
When I first watched it back in 1988, I didn't even know that there were such things as cults who made mass suicide pacts. If any film could have predicted the Waco thing this is it. Looking back on it now, it's quite eerie really even if it isn't much of a horror film.
August 19, 2007
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