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Nightmares (Stage Fright) Reviews

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½ January 1, 2015
It wasn't awful but it wasn't good either. Nightmares did deliver on the nude scenes.
October 5, 2014
One of the dumbest slasher movies I have ever seen.
Super Reviewer
May 10, 2014
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.
½ April 30, 2014
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.
October 28, 2013
No curtain call for this on-stage production of a 'comedy about death'. Several cast members and crew are slashed away during the play's opening few days. Not to be confused with the Alfred Hitchcock thriller of the same title.
July 31, 2013
The events around the production of the play "A Comedy About Death" are no laughing matter. This play is unlikely to be held over after several deaths to the cast and crew at the hands of a broken glass weilding actress who is still obviously feeling the effects of seeing her mother killed as a child. The box says this film is in the haunting tradition of "Sybil" and "The Three Faces of Eve" but this film probably fell short of those comparisons given the gap between their IMDb ratings.
½ December 6, 2012
Wow, terrible. Had to stop at the insanely annoying flashing sequence 8 minutes in. The Manitou, Troll 2 and Bad Taste are good examples of unusual 80's comedies done right.
October 25, 2012
I had difficulty finishing this film. The POV shot were annoying, and all the kills were predictable.
½ March 27, 2012
Another trashy & exploitative slasher film during the heyday of the early 80s. This one came from Australia and they certainly up-ed the graphic imagery. Both nudity and gore are exploited to their utmost during a couple killings. I was actually a little bit shocked. The second half drags a bit but surprisingly the filmmakers try and tell a competent story involving backstage life in the theatre. It's actually not bad and the central character's conflict is credible with a refreshing coda in the end. Don't expect a masterpiece but for slasher fans, this one has its hard-core moments.
½ January 7, 2012
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.
March 22, 2011
Cathy laid in the backseat while her mother made out with a strange man who isn't her father. Knowing this, she tried to stop it but ended up causing her mother to crash into another car. Her mother laid half way out of the broken windshield and as Cathy tried to pull her back into the car her mother ended up having her throat cut on a piece of broken glass.

Cathy is eventually blamed by her father for her mother's death. Many years go by and she still has nightmares, not of the crash itself, something more elaborate and symbolic in nature. It's hard exactly to pinpoint what her recurring nightmare represents. I think it deals with her trying to escape from her father who blames her for her mother's death and escaping from what she saw that being her mother kissing another man.

Years later, she changes her name to Helen and auditions to star in a play. Something about how death is suppose to be funny. Anyways, she gets a part and while she's around someone who likes to use sharp broken glass as their weapon of choice stalks everyone that is associated with the play. That's pretty much it.

The film tries to convince us that maybe Helen had a twin sister named Cathy, but that isn't very reassuring since you know that Helen is really Cathy to begin with. Hard to fool us at that. She's mainly schizophrenic at best. I kind of liked the mood this film was going for in the beginning. It's an Australian horror picture with a few interesting moments, but nothing substantial enough to require a 2nd or 3rd viewing. It would've been nice if it tried to elaborate more with the character Cathy and her Nightmares. That stuff was interesting.

Overall, a minor slasher film that could actually use a remake.
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