Bad Dreams (1988)

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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.
Rating:
R
Genre:
Horror
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Studio:
Anchor Bay Entertainment

Cast

Jennifer Rubin
as Cynthia
Richard Lynch
as Harris
Bruce Abbott
as Dr. Alex Karmen
Harris Yulin
as Dr. Berrisford
Susan Barnes
as Connie
E.G. Daily
as Lana
Susan Ruttan
as Miriam
Sy Richardson
as Detective Wasserman
Alba Francesca
as Reporter #3
Missy Francis
as Young Cynthia
Ben Kronen
as Edgar
Rex Lee Waddell Jr.
as Male Unity
James Bershad
as Unity Member #9
Charles Fleischer
as Ron the Pharmacist
Brian Katkin
as Physical Therapist
Coleen Maloney
as Unity House Nurse
Annie Waterman
as Female Unity
Julianne Dallara
as Unity Member #8
Ellaraino
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
Chip Johnson
as Reporter #5
Charles Bouvier
as Ralph's Policeman
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

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Washington Post
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...a fairly disastrous trainwreck of a thriller that'll test the patience of even the most ardent horror fan.

Full Review… | July 8, 2016
Reel Film Reviews

Bad Dreams is a highly effective but deeply flawed psychological horror story that boasts a couple of nasty kills, some great shock moments and great performances from a cast who elevates the material.

Full Review… | January 7, 2016
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Audience Reviews for Bad Dreams

Bad Dreams will not go down as one of the 80's most promising gems but it does have some creepy moments and a surprising finale. Definitely worth watching.

Jesse   Freeland
Jesse Freeland

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!

Christopher Lozier
Christopher Lozier
½

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.

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Cassandra Maples

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