Nightmare Man (2006)
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Intermittently fun and occasionally witty, with just the right touch of self-awareness.
If there were a 99 Cents Store for movies, cheapo pic -- designed more for lonely male geeks in their teens and above than the date crowd -- would fit nicely on the shelves.
All impenetrably dark nighttime shots, politely telegraphed shocks and limp, transparent misogyny masquerading as genre-savvy hijinks.
The saving grace is the obvious awareness of the familiar tropes, coupled with a clear effort to use them in clever, surprising ways.
Rough around the edges, but it is also frequently funny in its adherence to clichés and does boast an energetic tone.
Audience Reviews for Nightmare Man
This is from the 2008 Eight Films to Die for collection. Not a bad movie, kind of guessed who was trying to kill the insane girl, pretty easy plot. Great Slasher shots. Its the 2nd in the series of eight that I have watched and its better then the first film I watched, does that make sense, guess not. But its worth watching.
Low low low budget horror. Nothing original, but not bad all things considered. Knows its audience pretty well. Takes a somewhat surprising turn into Sam Raimi Land, albeit without his sense of kineticism.
"What did he do to you??"
"The same thing he's going to do to you if you don't leave very soon!"
"No - the police and your husband are on their way, it's just safer to stay right here."
"Look, I'm actually getting a little sick and tired of all your negativity!"
Surprisingly good little horror cheapie that offers a few genuine jolts and surprises, and then turns all hell loose with echoes of Evil Dead during the final 20 minutes. There is a big, and I mean BIG, drawback that holds its rating down - this thing is the DARKEST film I've ever seen. As in, many times the camera will point somewhere...and you can't see anything! And good luck following the chases and struggles. As a cheapie, pretty clear they decided to save on lights as everything appears to be lit naturally, which wouldn't be a problem if the whole thing didn't take place AT NIGHT. I didn't check the credits but I'm assuming they didn't need to hire any grips, maybe there's a "lightswitch flicking guy." The only film that could get any darker is the inevitable biopic of the Chilean miners shot from their POV.
Much of the acting is pretty bad, but in a good way for this kind of movie. The characters mostly take intelligent actions when aware of danger, except for one laughable bit when Jack assures a man on the phone they won't leave a strange, raving woman alone, then immediately clears the room leaving her alone in the next scene! Standing head & shoulders above the rest of the cast is total pro Tiffany Shepis who effortlessly steals the spotlight (ehh, bad choice of words in conjunction with this film) with her no-nonsense attitude & sexy behavior. Within minutes of meeting her, she's stripped down to her underwear and pulls a giant crossbow out of the closet to investigate sounds heard outdoors. If the film could have kept up this level of inspired awesomeness, they would have a mini-classic on their hands. As such, it's about 20 times better than I expected, I just wish I could've seen more of it.
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