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Bad Dreams (1988)

Harris (Richard Lynch) is the Jim Jones-style leader of a cult called Unity Fields who dies during a mass suicide in a fire in 1973.

Somehow he returns 13 years later to terrorise the lone survivor, Cynthia (Jennifer Rubin) when she finally comes out of a coma and is being cared for by psychiatrist, Dr Berrisford (Harris Yulin) and Dr Alex Karmen (Bruce Abbott).

With its burnt-faced baddy and dream-like visions, the film is highly derivative of the Nightmare on Elm Street series but holds up quite well as a decent standalone slasher flick.

Unfortunately, the deaths are neither imaginative nor particularly gruesome and the final-act twist is just dumb.

The soundtrack features I Had Too Much To Dream (Last Night) by The Electric Prunes and Time Has Come Today by The Chambers Brothers.

Cynthia
Jennifer Rubin
Dr Alex Karmen
Bruce Abbott
Harris
Richard Lynch
Ralph
Dean Cameron
Dr Berrisford
Harris Yulin
Connie
Susan Barnes
Victor
John Scott Clough
Lana
Elizabeth Daily
Gilda
Damita Jo Freeman
Ed
Louis Giambalvo
Miriam
Susan Ruttan
Detective Wasserman
Sy Richardson
Young Cynthia
Melissa Francis
Hettie
Sheila Scott Wilkinson
Edgar
Ben Kronen
Ron the Pharmacist
Charles Fleischer

Director
Andrew Fleming

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