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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.more
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


Bruce Abbott
as Dr. Alex Karmen
Harris Yulin
as Dr. Berrisford
Sy Richardson
as Detective Wasserman
Missy Francis
as Young Cynthia
Alba Francesca
as Reporter #3
James Bershad
as Unity Member #9
Charles Fleischer
as Ron the Pharmacist
Brian Katkin
as Physical Therapist
Coleen Maloney
as Unity House Nurse
Julianne Dallara
as Unity Member #8
Annie Waterman
as Female Unity
as Reporter #2
Tony Cecere
as Fireman
James Purcell
as Paramedic
Don Sparks
as Policeman at Fire
Philip Granger
as Male Unity
Thomas Oglesby
as Cynthia's Policeman
Charles Bouvier
as Ralph's Policeman
Chip Johnson
as Reporter #5
Kristina Loggia
as Unity Member #5
Evan MacKenzie
as Unity Member #10
Maria Melendez
as Reporter #4
Jon Menick
as Night Guard Anthony
Tim Trella
as Male Unity
Steve Whiteford
as Reporter #7
Steven Anderson
as Reporter #1
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Critic Reviews for Bad Dreams

All Critics (12) | Top Critics (4)

Full Review… | January 1, 2000
Chicago Sun-Times
Top Critic

Full Review… | May 20, 2003
New York Times
Top Critic

Full Review… | January 1, 2000
Washington Post
Top Critic

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

Completely outlandish and surprisingly quite boring horror film that took me places I've been before (and didn't really care to revisit). Bad performances, too. Ick!

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