Wednesday, November 3, 2010

Nightmares (1983)

3 / 5 Nov '10
Tagline: Nightmares... is this year's sleeper.
Directed by: Joseph Sargent
Written by: Jeffrey Bloom, Christopher Crowe
Actors include: Cristina Raines, Joe Lambie, Emilio Estevez
Genre: Horror
Length: 99 minutes
Banned: Nope

While this is a rather weak and unoriginal attempt at an anthology yet two out of the four segments are pretty entertaining. The plot synopsis offers that each tale will have a twist but hilariously the first one doesn't at couldn't have been more direct. A nicotine addict needs smokes, she goes to the store despite multiple warnings that a maniac is on the loose in her area. She doesn't lock her vehicle doors...blah blah blah. The next tale is a rip-off of TRON with Emilio Estevez as a cocky arcade wiz determined to beat the 13th level of some game I've never heard of. When he breaks into the arcade to practice late at night things get crazy. The third tale is also decent, it's about a Priest who questions his faith, then ends up in a Duel style situation with a demonic pick-up truck. Lastly the worst tale involved a giant devil rat tearing up a family's home...the effects are so very bad and the story was so very stupid. Not a very positive note to end on at all. Considering this is a horror movie, it's more of a kiddie anthology, I think only one animal and one person dies throughout the entire film. Still despite all of it's many flaws it did entertain me and I had no difficulty getting to the end, one could certainly do better though.

Availability:  On DVD

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