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“Not for the faint-hearted, Nightmare is a very terrifying film that explores the violent, twisted workings of the mind of an uncontrollable psychopathic murderer.
Upon his mistaken release from a mental hospital, George Tatum embarks on an odyssey that begins in Time Square’s porn palaces. He is continually tormented by a bloody gruesome and explicit nightmare of the axe murders and decapitation of a love-making couple by a young boy. Its compulsive force drives George to head south.
In Daytona Beach, Florida, a babysitter has her hands full with three children whose divorced mother is off with her new boyfriend. One of the children, a boy named C.J., is always up to some prank or another. He relishes in scaring his babysitter as well as his mother.
Having ‘cried wolf’ once too often, C.J.’s warnings go unheeded when he tells of a ‘strange man’ lurking around the house. A serious of mysterious phone calls ensues, and soon the bloodbaths begin.
Graphically convincing depictions of murder and mayhem combine with numerous sexual situations to make this film a thriller you won’t want to watch just before bedtime.”
Director: Romano Scavolini
Starring: Baird Stafford, Sharon Smith, C.J. Cooke
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Nightmare has a little bit of a bad reputation and not just for being deemed a “Video Nasty” and banned in the UK, but also for claiming that Tom Savini did the special effects, which he denies. In the trailer above this review it says, “from the man who terrified you in Dawn of the Dead and Friday the 13th, special effects director Tom Savini!” But—in the movie’s defense—Savini did apparently sit in as a consultant on one scene and that scene is shown in flashbacks throughout the entire movie so. . . in a way, he did the special effects throughout the film. Another piece of controversy came with the film’s UK classification as a Video Nasty when the distributor was sent to prison for refusing to edit down some of the violent content. There is something admirable in standing up for the preservation of artistic vision, but in this movie we’re not sure there was much artistic vision to stand up for. It’s a bad movie with bad acting and some of the characters are so irritating that you find yourself yelling “Shut Up!” at the screen. These things, however, are also the film’s saving graces. We had a blast watching this movie, we were honestly laughing and cracking jokes the whole way through. Nightmare isn’t all laughs though. There’s a coldness to some of the kills and a disturbing blend of sexuality and gore that can feel a little unsettling, so we might not recommend it to non-horror fans. But if you are a fan of the genre and are curious about this controversial flick, we say check it out.
Oops, we forgot to talk about the plot! Oh well, it’s a pretty standard 80’s slasher. Just think Halloween if Michael Myers went to peep shows.