Tuesday, December 15, 2015
BAD DREAMS (1988)
One young girl (Jennifer Rubin) barely escapes the inferno and goes in a coma. Thirteen and a half years later she wakes up in the hospital. She has no memory of the incident, so to help kick-start her brain she's placed in group therapy. Suddenly people in the group start dying gruesome deaths at the hands of a burnt up Harris searching for his "love child". Is this really happening? Has Harris come back from the grave or is something else causing the bloodshed?
Solid acting by a strong cast, mild blood, zero nudity, good pace, a completely out of place Guns N' Roses song, story reminiscent of the previous year's A NIGHTMARE ON ELM STREET 3: DREAM WARRIORS (which also starring Jennifer Rubin in a therapy group with a dwindling population), hand stabbing, Chainsaw (from SUMMER SCHOOL), the insult: "Doctor Addictive Buttface", not enough screen time for Elizabeth Daily and a script that a little bit too discombobulated for it's own good.
While I was entertained for the most part, I am curious as to why the story was the way it was. In the extras somebody mentioned that the studio was looking to create a new franchise(!!!), but yet the story completely came off like it was a singular film with a closed ending. If they were looking to make a franchise then the killer should have been more memorable and direct, the casting should have been changed around some and the story should have been way more straight-forward and with a ending that promised a sequel. Also some added blood and nudity would have helped.
As it is though, it's an entertaining 80's supernatural medical thriller that's worth checking out.