I am guilty of loving more bad 1980s horror films than any normal person should. I don't know why, but I've come to accept that flaw in my personality and I expect everyone else to accept it too. ;)
It's a Wes Craven production so it being bad should come as no surprise to anyone. I love A Nightmare on Elm Street and Scream, but Craven has had more misses than hits and this is another one.
Peter Berg stars as Jonathan Parker, a young college football star who begins having trouble sleeping while a series of horrible murders occur in his sleepy little town. His dreams intensify after crashing into a football pole/thingie during practice. Jonathan dreams he is at the scene of the latest murders and to his horror the murders took place at the exact time of his dream. It gets even worse--the family murdered was his own and now Jonathan is on a quest for vengeance.
Using his dream as reference he helps his detective father get a lead on the killer, but that just leads to more tragedy as the killer kills a few policemen in order to get away, and as revenge for Jonathan leading police to his lair the killer kills someone else in his life.
The killer, who has a secret connection to Jonathan and his family, is eventually caught and sentenced to die in the electric chair (an event which seems to happen overnight, appeals be damned) but he makes a deal with the devil (or something electrical) in a black magic ceremony shortly before his execution and is able to transport himself through electricity into the homes and bodies of unsuspecting victims.
Jonathan realizes Pinker is still on the loose when similar murders occur once again and he gets unexpected visits from Pinker in disguise. Can Jonathan survive this crazy ased movie? There's only one way to find out. ;)
I'm crazy. I can't be trusted. Don't see this movie. It's bad for your health and good taste. That being said I really like it and I saw it twice today.
The acting and story are horrible, completely unbelievable and silly. It's beyond silly and I am annoyed with myself for even finding a bit of enjoyment at something so incredibly bad.
1. A killer is put to death almost immediately after being caught.
2. Jonathan's friend, who happens to be black, assaults a police officer several times and is neither killed nor beaten. He is seemingly arrested, but we see him out and about the next day. Yeah. Riiiiight.
3. The police go to investigate a man, who may be a killer, on the basis of a dream. No warrant, no genuine lead, not even a hunch. It's all because of a dream.
4. A local reporter just gives out the details of the police investigation as they happen. He tells us the police were investigating the killer because of Jonathan's dream, tells us about Jonathan's past, he practically gives the killer a diagram saying "KILL THIS GUY."
5. A cop is allowed to remain the lead investigator in a case where his family was killed.
6. The same cop allows his son to go with him on investigations leading to the capture of a psycho family killer. I'M SO SURE.
There are other things, but here is why all of my points are pretty much pointless : IT'S A MOVIE WHERE A GUY KILLS THROUGH ELECTRICITY AND ANOTHER GUY CAN ENTER INTO HIS CRIMES THROUGH DREAMS. :p
[b]Jonathan Parker, [/b]as played with a constant look of confusion (or constipation) by [b]Peter Berg[/b]
The typical horror hero. Young, handsome, inexplicably wealthy, and very unlucky.
Johnathan has it all. He was a foster child taken in by a policeman and his wife. He grew up to be the big man on campus, the college football star in his small California town, complete with a pretty girlfriend who he's been dating on and off for a year (though we learn they haven't slept together yet so not only is he handsome he also respects women!!! *nudge nudge*), a cool classic car, and a house of his own. Wow. I think I want to be him.
Jonathan's world comes crashing down around him when he falls asleep and finds out that while asleep he is transported to the scene of the crimes of a man who has been slaughtering local families. Jonathan leads the police to the killer on the basis of his "dreams" and the killer sets out to make Jonathan's life a good old fashioned living hell.
Shit happens and Jonathan (like Nancy from the vastly superior [b]A Nightmare on Elm Street)[/b] deliberately sets out to dream and catch the killer in action. He is successful and the killer is caught and sentenced to death, but that leads to even more deaths.
And I just realized I have pretty much repeated my first paragraph, but I am too lazy to change it so...there you go.
[b]Lt. Don Parker[/b] as played by [b]Michael Murphy[/b]
One of the most incompetent cops ever portrayed on film. He takes his son to crime scenes, lets himself be blackmailed into taking the same son to the home of a suspect, breaks the law because of his son's "hunches," and generally couldn't find his ass with both hands. Typical horror cop.
He is also either shouting or mumbling. Great job.
[b]Allison Clement[/b] as played by [b]Cami Cooper.[/b]
Who? Yes, Cami Cooper, an unknown destined to stay that way forever. She plays Allison, a good girl who stands by her man no matter what. Dating on and off for a year she hasn't had sex with Jonathan, but she sleeps in his bed when he gets hurt, and bathes with the door open while he works out, and just shows us all that she is the perfect girlfriend because she never leaves his side, all while delivering her lines in the most annoying whispery voice imaginable. Blah. I hate TOO GOOD TO BE TRUE movie girlfriends.
[b]Horace Pinker[/b] as played by [b]Mitch Pileggi[/b]
Horace is bad, very very bad. we never find out why he kills families, but we do find out that he practices black magic and had hundreds of mummified cats lying around his shop. He is a wisecracking badass, in the spirit of Freddy Kreuger, but with a lot more menace than the joking Freddy because people like Pinker do exist.
Pileggi is awesome as this baddie, he really is. he has ascary voice and a real menace to him so you like rooting against him, even though he is the most interesting character in this mess.
Here he is at his BLACK MAGIC CLIMAX SCENE.
Apparently, in this town your last meal request could be substituted for a television set and jumper cables. I love that town.
I have spent way to much time on this horrible review. So much so that I now hate this movie, even though I used to like it a lot. So yeah, I changed my mind. DON'T SEE THIS BAD MOVIE. Just don't bother.