Directed by Romano Scavolini
Starring Baird Stafford
Worthless horror film about a killer on the loose. The only memorable thing about this movie are the impressive gore effects at the end which were handled by make-up maestro Tom Savini.
But Savini didn't want his name on the credits of this film and there was apparently a legal battle to have it removed. This was shortly after the horror film "Maniac" had been released and many people had derided Savini for having anything to do with it.
"Nightmare" is almost as sick as "Maniac" and was released at a time when people were seriously wondering where the whole horror genre was going. Like "Maniac," the film is basically just porn for gore fans, with the camera leering over the death scenes.
Savini's name was removed, but I've seen photographs of him working on the set of the movie, so he was definitely involved in the project.
The movie has an absolutely laughable "twist" ending.
-- Review by Lucius Gore
Posted by Tenebre81 on April 25, 2008Considering the hype, controversy, and collectability of this film, I think it's safe to say that this is NOT a worthless horror film. If anything, I find this to be a totally worthless review. You can have your opinions, but back it up. This looks like the review of some hick kid from Arkansas trying to let out his "feelings": "This is there a bad movie.... boyeeeeee!!!"
Posted by Goretician on September 12, 2008I agree, dosen't really seem like he gave the film a chance..it does have its high points...although some of the acting sucks..
Posted by on February 25, 2009I actually liked this film. It has been very hard to find for quite a few years. I think the opening scene is one of the most bizarre and creepy scenes I've ever seen. I understand the acting was somewhat poor; but the gore effects were classic 80's (the kind us gore hounds crave and never get in modern day horror), and the story plot was pretty up-to-par. Let's not forget that it is a slasher film. We need a complex story plot. A boy kills his father and a woman while having kinky, bondage-based sex. The boy grows into a man whom is drawn to, and yet frightened by, peep shows and perverted things. He then diverts his sexual inadequecies into acts of sadism and murder. Seems pretty logical to me. I think whoever wrote this review is failing to take into account that a slasher film from 1981 isn't supposed to be an oscar winning masterpiece. If you were to ask me, and you are a gore fan, I would say definitley check it out. However; if bad acting, over the top gore, and nudity bother you, then stick with Disney.
Posted by Nick Cato on October 15, 2009Savini was only an adviser for the final double-axe murder sequence. He did not do a single effect, hence why he sued (and won) for the use of his name as the FX person. The film is actually quite disturbing if you can get past the bad acting.
Posted by Yunus on March 25, 2013Awesome movie choice! I atllacuy don't hear this one come up too often, so I was happy to see your review. I don't know if it's ever been officially stated or not, but this movie has got to be inspired by Ed Gein. Almost all the details match up. Crazy stuff. Keep up the good work!