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Nightmares (1983)

Anthology of four horror tales with a supernatural twist based on urban legends.

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Joseph Sargent
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Cristina Raines ... Lisa the Wife (segment "Terror in Topanga")
Joe Lambie Joe Lambie ... Phil the Husband (segment "Terror in Topanga")
Anthony James ... Store Clerk (segment "Terror in Topanga")
Clare Torao ... Mori the Newswoman (segment "Terror in Topanga") (as Clare Nono)
Raleigh Bond Raleigh Bond ... Norman, a Neighbor (segment "Terror in Topanga")
Robert Phelps Robert Phelps ... Newsman (segment "Terror in Topanga")
Dixie Lynn Royce Dixie Lynn Royce ... Little Girl (segment "Terror in Topanga")
Lee Ving ... William Henry Glazier (segment "Terror in Topanga") (as Lee James Jude)
Emilio Estevez ... J.J. Cooney (segment "The Bishop of Battle")
Mariclare Costello ... Adele Cooney (segment "The Bishop of Battle")
Louis Giambalvo ... Jerry Cooney (segment "The Bishop of Battle")
Moon Unit Zappa ... Pamela (segment "The Bishop of Battle") (as Moon Zappa)
Billy Jayne ... Zock Maxwell (segment "The Bishop of Battle") (as Billy Jacoby)
Joshua Grenrock Joshua Grenrock ... Willie (segment "The Bishop of Battle")
Gary Carlos Cervantes ... Mazenza (segment "The Bishop of Battle") (as Gary Cervantes)
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Storyline

A collection of short stories. In one a woman who leaves her house late at night to drive to the store while a killer is loose encounters some problems. In the second an arcade whiz kid's obsession with a game leads to deadly consequences. In the third a small town priest loses his faith and decides to leave town, but in the desert is stalked by a mysterious black pick-up truck. In the final story, a family's problem with a rat is larger than they think. Written by Parca Mortem <icy_shadow@rocketmail.com>

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Taglines:

Four of your worst NIGHTMARES come true. See more »

Genres:

Horror | Sci-Fi

Certificate:

R | See all certifications »

Parents Guide:

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Details

Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

9 September 1983 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Terror in Topanga See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

$6,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$590,616, 5 September 1983

Gross USA:

$6,670,680
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Company Credits

Production Co:

Universal Pictures See more »
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Technical Specs

Runtime:

Sound Mix:

Mono

Color:

Color (Technicolor)

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Trivia

These stories were originally written and filmed for the anthology series Darkroom (1981). They were deemed too intense by Universal and thus culled into an anthology film for theatrical release. See more »

Goofs

Presumably as the Bishop of Battle game progresses, the view/angle of each level changes to make it more difficult for the player. We see this the first time JJ plays the game as level 12 is at a lower angle and shows less of the overall play arena than level 11 had. However, the second time JJ gets to level 12, the angle is now almost a first person shooter, with the player's view being from the ground rather than an aerial view showing their player character. See more »

Quotes

Zock Maxwell (segment "The Bishop of Battle"): JJ. Don't you get it? Thirteenth level doesn't even exist. It's just a scam to get suckers to spend their money.
J.J. Cooney (segment "The Bishop of Battle"): It exists. I heard some kid out in Jersey made it twice.
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Connections

References Los dos carnales (1983) See more »

Soundtracks

I Don't Care About You
(uncredited)
Performed by Fear
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Pretty ok
21 February 2003 | by black_flagSee all my reviews

This isn't that bad of a movie. The first, about a chain-smoker encountering a killer in her back seat wasn't too bad, it's just a very overplayed urban legend. The second was my favourite, with Emilio Estevez as a video-game addict who ends up with horrible consequences. The thing that shot that one above the rest to me was the relentless array of hardcore punk like Black Flag and Fear. The third, about a priest losing faith who encounters Satan's truck (whoo-hoo Satan drives a GMC! Go dark lord!) was spooky and mysterious. The last, about a cheap man and his family who have a rather'large' rodent problem, was kind of redundant. The rat looked so cheesy, but it was save by pretty good casting. MY RATING: 7/10


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