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Dead Sleep (1990)

R | | Mystery, Thriller | 1990 (USA)
Young nurse investigates suspicious deaths in a psychiatric ward.

Director:

Alec Mills

Writer:

Michael Rymer (screenplay)
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Linda Blair ... Maggie Healey
Tony Bonner ... Dr. Jonthan Heckett
Andrew Booth Andrew Booth ... Hugh Clayton
Christine Amor Christine Amor ... Sister Kereby
Sueyan Cox Sueyan Cox ... Kaye
Brian Moll Brian Moll ... Dr. Shamberg
Vassy Cotsopoulos Vassy Cotsopoulos ... Thena Fuery
Peta Downes Peta Downes ... Jessica Sharp
Craig Cronin Craig Cronin ... Dr. Lark (as Craige Cronin)
Suzie MacKenzie Suzie MacKenzie ... Wendy
Christina Ongley Christina Ongley ... Debbie
Bill French Bill French ... Andrew Raffio
Cameron Watt Cameron Watt ... Administrator
Dianne Staines Dianne Staines ... Receptionist
Alan Edwards Alan Edwards ... Mr. Clayton
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Storyline

Young nurse investigates suspicious deaths in a psychiatric ward.

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Genres:

Mystery | Thriller

Certificate:

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Country:

Australia

Language:

English

Release Date:

1990 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Aguja mortal See more »

Filming Locations:

Brisbane, Queensland, Australia

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Technical Specs

Sound Mix:

Dolby

Color:

Color
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Trivia

This film is considered an "Ozploitation" (Australian exploitation) picture. See more »

Quotes

Dr. Jonthan Heckett: People are like sheep - they don't want to take responsibility for their bodies OR their minds.
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No Fantasy
Performed and Produced by "White Knights"
Composed by Allan MacKenzie
used by permssion
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Better Than The Critics Say
21 April 2015 | by Rainey-DawnSee all my reviews

I found this movie better than the critics reviews. It's a horror-thriller. Like most movies, you have to watch them for your self to know if you will like it or not. This particular film I liked.

Basically, Dr. Jonthan Heckett is a psychiatrist working with a treatment called "Dead Sleep". Maggie Healey (Linda Blair) is a nurse hired in a psychiatric ward who discovers that Dr. Heckett's treatments are not helpful to the patients - in fact, the treatments are quite harmful. Maggie finds herself pulled into investigating the situation.

The film does have an amount of realism to it... the movie does not give us Dr. Heckett's exact motive but one might guess it's for insurance money - money in his own pocket (along with others that are in on it).

Apathy for the patients is what most of the doctors and nurses have in the film - yet, as I mentioned above, the viewer is left wondering what their exact motive is.

The "realism" is the fact that is it possible that a doctor could do such a thing to people... keep them, make up illnesses just for insurance money in their pockets... that is what makes this movie scary and realistic/plausible.

The ending I did not like - I would have rather seen arrests made but I am assuming that arrests did occur after the film ended.

Good late night film.

8/10


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