Nightmare Man

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A murderous figure in a demonic mask stalks a woman from her dreams before materializing in the real world to do some bloody damage in director Rolfe Kanefsky's nocturnal tale of night terror. Unsuccessful despite multiple attempts to conceive, Ellen (Blythe Metz) and her husband, Bill (Luciano Szafir), order a mask said to represent the God of Fertility. Unfortunately, their hope for a child is soon snuffed out when a demonic figure sporting the very same mask begins to pursue Ellen in her dreams. Increasingly disturbed by his wife's hysterical paranoia, Bill secures a room for his troubled wife at a nearby mental health facility. When Ellen and Bill's car breaks down in the woods en route to the hospital and the menacing figure from Ellen's nightmares emerges from the darkened trees, a retreat to a nearby cabin where Mia (Tiffany Shepis) is hosting a party with a collection of close friends sets the stage for a blood-soaked murder rampage that may or may not be the doing of a supernaturally charged killer.

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  • Intermittently fun and occasionally witty, with just the right touch of self-awareness.

    Aug 4, 2006 | Rating: 3/5 | Full Review…
  • 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.

    Aug 4, 2006

    Robert Koehler

    Variety
    Top Critic
  • All impenetrably dark nighttime shots, politely telegraphed shocks and limp, transparent misogyny masquerading as genre-savvy hijinks.

    Aug 3, 2006
  • The saving grace is the obvious awareness of the familiar tropes, coupled with a clear effort to use them in clever, surprising ways.

    Jul 12, 2008 | Full Review…
  • Rough around the edges, but it is also frequently funny in its adherence to clichés and does boast an energetic tone.

    Nov 11, 2007 | Rating: 2.5/4 | Full Review…
  • The plot is derivative, the dialogue cumbersome and cliché-ridden.

    Mar 1, 2007 | Full Review…

Audience Reviews for Nightmare Man

  • Jul 07, 2011
    <i>"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." "You're wrong!" "Look, I'm actually getting a little sick and tired of all your negativity!"</i> Surprisingly good little horror cheapie that offers a few genuine jolts and surprises, and then turns all hell loose with echoes of <i>Evil Dead</i> 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.
    Doctor S Super Reviewer
  • Jan 11, 2010
    <div style="width:300px;"><a href="http://www.flixster.com/photos/nightmare-man-12851519"><img src="http://content9.flixster.com/photo/12/85/15/12851519_gal.jpg" border="0"/></a><div style="text-align:center;font-size:10px;"><a href="http://www.flixster.com"></a> </div></div> <div style="width:300px;"><a href="http://www.flixster.com/photos/nightmare-man-12851509"><img src="http://content7.flixster.com/photo/12/85/15/12851509_gal.jpg" border="0"/></a><div style="text-align:center;font-size:10px;"><a href="http://www.flixster.com"></a</div></div> <div style="width:300px;"><a href="http://www.flixster.com/photos/nightmare-man-12851512"><img src="http://content6.flixster.com/photo/12/85/15/12851512_gal.jpg" border="0"/></a><div style="text-align:center;font-size:10px;"><a href="http://www.flixster.com"></a></div></div> <div style="width:300px;"><a href="http://www.flixster.com/photos/nightmare-man-12851516"><img src="http://content6.flixster.com/photo/12/85/15/12851516_gal.jpg" border="0"/></a><div style="text-align:center;font-size:10px;"><a href="http://www.flixster.com"></a></div></div> <div style="width:300px;"><a href="http://www.flixster.com/photos/nightmare-man-12851513"><img src="http://content7.flixster.com/photo/12/85/15/12851513_gal.jpg" border="0"/></a><div style="text-align:center;font-size:10px;"><a href="http://www.flixster.com"><I>Nightmare Man</I></a> </div></div> <I>NIGHTMARE MAN</I>. (2006) WRITTEN AND DIRECTED BY: Rolfe Kanefsky FEATURING: Tiffany Shepis, Blythe Metz, Luciano Szafir, and James Ferris GENRE: OCCULT PLOT: A mentally disturbed woman is stalked by a supernatural rapist. COMMENTS: <I>Nightmare Man</I> is not the <I>Citizen Kane</I> of horror movies, but it represents a respectable effort. It is not entirely original, yet it manages to avoid having an overly derivative feel. There are some similarities to "The Zuni Doll" in <I>Trilogy of Terror</I> (1975 -Karen Black), "Voodoo" in the Amicus anthology <I>Dr. Terror's House of Horrors</I>, and <I>The Twilight Zone</I> sketch, "The Jungle." Mia, (Shepis) has some personal issues (the kind that require professional help, which is to say, the kind that require professional help in a special place from which one isn't allowed to leave). Additionally, she and her husband are unable to conceive, a matter with which Mia is very preoccupied. Is her luck ever about to change! When Mia receives a ghoulish African fertility mask as a gift, a window to the supernatural springs wide open. (Gosh, what do those prominent horns signify?) Mia begins having crazy nightmares about being stalked and raped by a demonic tribesman. The terrifying visions and premonitions of doom begin to dominate her life. Her husband decides to take her to the nearest Shady Acres for some finger painting, basket weaving and psychological therapy. En route, the car runs out of petrol in a desolate location. Her husband takes off with the gas can, leaving her by the side of the road with the fertility mask, which he just happened to bring along. Then it gets dark. Lo and behold, the nightmare man appears. He terrorizes Mia, and then infiltrates the car through the trunk. Mia escapes from the sedan and the nightmare man chases her screaming into the night. But look! There's a house in the distance. Will friendly strangers come to Mia's aid and protect her from demonic forces? Is Mia crazy? Does the nightmare man only exist in Mia's pell mell imagination as her husband asserts, or will evil follow her into the home of helpful Samaritans? Worse, could her horror be even more macabre than it appears? <I>Nightmare Man</I> has some tongue in cheek humor, a few stock conventions, and elements from other horror movies, yet it manages to keep topping itself with unexpected developments. It is reasonably well executed, but it is not a movie that will leave the viewer sweating and hyperventilating with terror. While its concurrent themes of murder, possession, mad rapists and the supernatural become a bit jumbled, <I>Nightmare Man</I> still manages to provide the horror fan with some basic, entertaining sustenance. Best of all, there is no reliance on cheap CGI, or Hollywood formulaic "happy" endings. <div style="width:300px;"><a href="http://www.flixster.com/photos/nightmare-man-12851511"><img src="http://content9.flixster.com/photo/12/85/15/12851511_gal.jpg" border="0"/></a><div style="text-align:center;font-size:10px;"><a href="http://www.flixster.com"></a> </div></div> <div style="width:300px;"><a href="http://www.flixster.com/photos/nightmare-man-12851515"><img src="http://content9.flixster.com/photo/12/85/15/12851515_gal.jpg" border="0"/></a><div style="text-align:center;font-size:10px;"><a href="http://www.flixster.com"></a> </div></div> <div style="width:300px;"><a href="http://www.flixster.com/photos/nightmare-man-12851510"><img src="http://content8.flixster.com/photo/12/85/15/12851510_ori.jpg" border="0"/></a><div style="text-align:center;font-size:10px;"><a href="http://www.flixster.com"></a></div></div> <div style="width:300px;"><a href="http://www.flixster.com/photos/nightmare-man-12851514"><img src="http://content8.flixster.com/photo/12/85/15/12851514_gal.jpg" border="0"/></a><div style="text-align:center;font-size:10px;"><a href="http://www.flixster.com"></a> </div></div> <div style="width:120px;font-size:10px;text-align:center;"></div><a href="http://www.flixster.com/videos?videoId=11086296"><img src="http://i.ytimg.com/vi/PugWhLGNE3g/2.jpg" border="0" /></a><div style="font-size:10px;width:120px;text-align:center;"><a href="http://www.flixster.com"<I>Nightmare Man<i></a> - trailer</div>
    Pamela D Super Reviewer
  • Nov 06, 2008
    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.
    Bruce B Super Reviewer
  • Jun 26, 2008
    Fun movie from the director of The Hazing. I was worried at the beginning that the audience would be forced to follow the moody, whining and constantly complaining wife (though she has reason, it's just not fun to watch) through the whole film, but thankfully the film also follows a group of goofy mid-adults. Fun deaths and Evil Dead homages abound in this constantly watchable horror flick and one of the best of the After Dark horror series.
    Christopher B Super Reviewer

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