Nightmares (Stage Fright) (1980)

Nightmares (Stage Fright)





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Jenny Neumann, star of the cult/trash classic Mistress of the Apes, stars in this slasher movie from director John D. Lamond. A little girl named Cathy tries to keep her mother from making out with a man while driving one day, and she inadvertently causes her mother's death in the ensuing crash. Sixteen years later, Cathy is now named Helen and has become a psychotic actress. Since her mother died with a shard of glass in her throat, Helen begins hacking through the cast of her new play, "Comedy … More

Rating: R
Genre: Horror
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Forgotten horror gem, Nightmares aka Stage Fright is a fun, entertaining little flick from down under. I really enjoyed this tense chiller, and it is a film that is well acted, and it boasts the right amount of thrills, mixed with good storytelling. I found this film to be underrated, and it deserved much more praise that it has received. Sure, it's a film that lacks at times, but overall, it's a pleasant forgotten gem for genre fans. The story is good, and there are effective moments that really elevate the film in terms of a cult picture. For viewers that enjoy a good horror tale, Nightmares is a pleasant film to watch, but at times you see that the film should have been improved upon in some areas. This is an entertaining picture worth seeing and it's a forgotten genre film worth rediscovering. There are aspects of the film that don't stand out, but there are enough effective moments to make this a good film for horror enthusiasts. The genre of ozploitation has had plenty of memorable pictures that have been made, and this one is one of the more underrated ones that I have seen. The film is far from perfect, but it manages to keep you entertained from start to finish. For a forgotten gem of Australian cinema, Nightmares is a fun picture that is a thrilling, worthwhile film if you enjoy this genre. Aussie horror films are very good and they display a certain character that isn't found in any other horror film. With Nightmares we get that vibe and it is a flawed, but nonetheless good film worth seeing if you enjoy a good roller coaster ride of terror. This is one of those films that is better than expected.

Alex roy

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A golden-age slasher film that is about as derivative and exploitative as the genre can be: almost everyone gets killed while having sex and being completely naked. As trashy as slasher cinema can be, Nightmares never aspires to anything but what it is. Therefore, it will delight fans of 80sm slasher fans and will probably disgust everyone else.


It was really nice to track this one down after seeing clips from it in the documentary Not Quite Hollywood, because the scenes they chose looked so crazy and over the top.

The story of a frigid theater star who is still scarred by her involvement in her mother's death, we follow her into a new production as those around her begin to turn up dead. Oh, and there's some world class nudity in here as well, so don't watch it with the kiddos.

Fun stuff, well worth tracking down.

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