Subject: I have found a DVD that I think you would enjoy
Actors: Jennifer Rubin, Bruce Abbott, Richard Lynch, Dean Cameron, Harris Yulin
Director: Andrew Fleming
Genres: Horror, Science Fiction & Fantasy, Mystery & Suspense
From The Director Of THE CRAFT, The Screenwriter Of DIE HARD, & The Producer Of THE TERMINATOR In the mid-70s, the members of the love cult Unity Fields sought ?the ultimate joining? by dousing themselves with gasoline an... more »
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My jaw hit the floor!
Queen Cleobethra | The Land of Films | 03/29/2002
(4 out of 5 stars)
"I can't really find the words to describe this film, but I'll try. :) I like horror flicks as much as the next guy, but this film was a cut above. To be honest the only reason I saw it in the first place was because Dean Cameron was in it, and speaking of DC, his performance is amazing! The small smirk before saying "Later" just blew me away. The small details in voice variation and facial expressions..the man is the best. And let's not forget about Jennifer Rubin! Blood, Blood, and more blood, Peter Pans out the window, blood showers, and Ralph's self-stabbing fest makes this film one to watch on an empty stomach. Don't make the same mistake I did by going to "The Bell" before watching this. Great film! Richard Lynch is scary, Jennifer Rubin is amazing, and Dean Cameron shows us the meaning of the word 'range'. Great!"
A Cut Above the Norm
Em Jay | Winter Park, FL. United States | 12/06/2003
(5 out of 5 stars)
"I miss this movie. If there was a film that should be moved up on the list to be transferred to DVD this film would be it. It's not your typical horror film where there's nothing but mindless slice and dice behind motives of stupidity. The main character deals with the psychological aspects of something horrible happening to her (which makes sense since it takes place in a mental ward). But when the bodies start to fall, the "culprit" is not so obvious. No Freddy Kruger or Michael Myers. This movie also pulls you in through the supporting cast, all interesting and even funny. I love this movie! I give it five stars as a contender against other horror films and it rates right up there with the originals like NIGHTMARE AN ELM STREET and HALLOWEEN. There's death. There's drugs. There's comedy, and hey, even a little romance. Grab some popcorn and spend two hours with BAD DREAMS. You won't be disappointed!"
carolyn5000 | 01/23/2001
(5 out of 5 stars)
""Bad Dreams" came out around the same time as Nightmare on Elm Street and is very much a product of the 80s and horror filmmaking style at that time. The film tell the story of the sole survivor of an interesting hippielike commune/cult led by a David Koreshish type leader. Yet "Bad Dreams" is a cut above for many reasons. The first being that the film is filled with surrealistic arresting images-in particular, the house where the mass suicide took place is an intriguing looking building, tragically beautiful. Secondly, "Bad Dreams" encompasses a fascinating character in the African American female mental patient who frequently says mysterious and pseudo religious things and seems to be the only one who knows whats going on.Thirdly, the acting by all involved is really superior to what you find in most horror films. Rubin is especially good at emoting and I am mystified why I never heard of her before I rented this film. Lastly, I think most viewers miss an interesting touch in the film, at one point, Cynthia is sitting in the grass turned around in the exact same pose as the painting by Andrew Wyeth "Christina's World"! It was a really awesome touch that I think may go unappreciated by those not farmiliar with this painting. In short, "Bad Dreams" is a must see, with a great twist ending also. A must for any horror fan or suspense lover."
An underrated gem, finally on DVD!
John Doe | 04/25/2006
(5 out of 5 stars)
"I remember seeing Bad Dreams the moment it hit cable. I have always been captivated by psychological thrillers. I guess that goes with the territory being a psychology major in college. Anyway, this excellent movie is yet another sad reminder of how awful movies have gotten since the 1980's, especially the horror genre.
I'm glad Anchor Bay got a hold of this one. As with all of Anchor Bay's releases, the transfer is excellent. The extras are nothing to write home about, but it was still nice for them to include them here. There are three very short featurettes that don't cover much of anything. The theatrical trailer could have been better, but hey, it's just a trailer.
The commentary by the director was very interesting and informative. Definitely worth a listen.
I was going to get this DVD the day it came out, but I could not find it ANYWHERE! None of the stores are carrying it. But of course the stores will carry ten thousand copies of some crappy Hollywood hit that was recently made. Whatever. So, as usual Amazon.com came to the rescue, and with a very decent price to boot. I am thrilled to now have this in my massive 80's DVD collection.
If you've never seen this, give it a go. If you have this on video? Toss the video and get the DVD."