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Nightmare (1981 film)

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3.7/5 Amazon

Genre  Crime, Drama, Horror
Screenplay  Romano Scavolini
Writer  Romano Scavolini
Language  English
5.8/10 IMDb

Director  Romano Scavolini
Music director  Jack Eric Williams
Country  USA
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Release date  October 23, 1981 (1981-10-23) (US)
Cast  Baird Stafford (George Tatum), Sharon Smith (Susan Temper), C.J. Cooke (C.J. Temper), Mik Cribben (Bob Rosen), Danny Ronan (Kathy the Babysitter), John L. Watkins (Man with Cigar (as John Watkins))
Similar movies  Bloody Moon, I Spit on Your Grave III: Vengeance is Mine, Halloween, The Nail Gun Massacre, Butcher, Baker, Nightmare Maker, Mad Max: Fury Road
Tagline  The Dream You Can't Escape ALIVE!

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Nightmare (also known as Nightmares in a Damaged Brain) is a 1981 slasher film directed by Romano Scavolini. Nightmare gained instant notoriety among horror fans when it was banned in the UK as a video nasty and its distributor was sentenced to 18 months in prison for refusing to edit one second of violent footage. The film also garnered controversy for claiming in its press material that Tom Savini had provided the film's special effects, which Savini vehemently denied.


Nightmare (1981 film) movie scenes


Nightmare (1981 film) movie scenes

George Tatum (Baird Stafford) journeys back down to his home in Florida. Along the way, he has recurring nightmares of a violent incident from his childhood, which forces him to kill again.

Nightmare (1981 film) movie scenes

George's ex-wife, Susan Temper (Sharon Smith), young son C.J. (C.J. Cooke), and Kathy, the family babysitter (Danny Ronan), begin to receive "hang-up" calls, which none of them realize is George making sure his family is home. The closer George gets to his destination, the more gruesome his murders become and the memories of his first childhood-murder intensify.

Nightmare (1981 film) movie scenes

Donning an old man mask to conceal his identity, George makes his way into his old house with a rock pick, killing the babysitter, and goes after his son and two daughters (Kim Patterson and Tammy Patterson), who have taken refuge in their mother's bedroom on the second floor. Young C.J. manages to shoot George repeatedly with a revolver through a hole hacked into the door, causing him to finally fall down the staircase, killing him. As he lies dying, George has a full recall of his childhood, where upon catching his father (William Kirksey) cheating on his mother (Christina Keefe) with a mistress, he brutally murders both of them with a felling axe. As George is carried off in a stretcher, his wife comes home, identifies her husband, and goes into a screaming fit. Young C.J. is taken in for questioning by the police, and winks into the camera as the final image of the film.


Nightmare (1981 film) movie scenes
  • Baird Stafford as George Tutam
  • Sharon Smith as Susan Temper
  • C.J. Cooke as C.J. Temper
  • Mik Cribben as Bob Rosen
  • Danny Ronan as Kathy
  • Critical reception

    Janet Maslin of The New York Times gave the film a negative review.


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