Dream Demon title

Tag line : Two women trapped in a savage nightmare... To escape they must confront the Dream Demon

Dream DemonSet in London, schoolteacher Diana Markham (Jemma Redgrave) is preparing to marry her long time partner Oliver Hall (Mark Greenstreet), a decorated Navy officer who recently served in the Falklands war. Anyway, it seems since they moved into their new house, Diana has been experiencing strange nightmares about their forthcoming nuptials and about a mysterious incident that happened in the cellar of the house many years ago.

Unfortunately, she is being constantly harassed by a couple of extremely unpleasant tabloid journalists, (played by Jimmy Nail and Timothy Spall from the TV series "Auf Wiedersehen Pet") who want to get a big scoop on the upcoming wedding with her war hero boyfriend.

However, when she dreams about them in one of her nightmares. She finds that they have strangely disappeared. She is later befriended by a Joan Jett lookalike named Jenny (Kathleen Wilhoite), who apparently lived in the house as a young girl and is trying to remember what happened to her there, as she has no recollection of her younger years.

But it seems when Diana is asleep, she can pull people into her dreams, irrespective of whether they're awake at the time or not, and when Diana awakes, they don't always come back with her. Needless to say, her psychiatrist doesn't believe her. But with Jenny trapped in Diana's dreamworld, she has to try and figure out a way of bringing her back, which might have something to do with the incident in the cellar she keeps dreaming about. And it seems, there might be a very good reason why she's having bad dreams about her upcoming wedding too...

Aping the basic plot of "Nightmare on Elm Street" and mixing in elements of "Hellraiser", the film was in many ways reminiscent of the similarly themed "Paperhouse" which was released the same year. Not overly gory, aside from the opening nightmare where she literally knocks her fiance's block off. The film is perhaps most notable for featuring both Jimmy Nail and Timothy Spall from the popular TV series "Auf Wiedersehen Pet" and does appear somewhat dated now, what with references to the Falklands war, but it still quite enjoyable.

The film came out on video back in the late 80s, but seems to have sunk into obscurity in recent years and has yet to be released onto DVD, but a hunt round some video sharing sites like YouTube should turn up positive results.

Overall Marks : 5/10.

Terrifying Trivia.

  • Feature film debut of Jemma Redgrave, who went on to play Kate Lethbridge-Stewart in the 2014 series of "Dr Who"

  • The films budget was 3,000,000.

  • The second of only 2 horror films Jimmy Nail has appeared in. The other being a minor role in "The Howling 2".

  • Director Harley Cokeliss also directed the cult post-apocalyptic film "Battletruck".

  • Timothy Spall also appeared in the Frankenstein remake "The Bride" (1985), the Johnny Depp version of "Sweeney Todd" (2010) and the werewolf comedy "Love Bite" (2012)

  • The original cut of the film, which was shown at the Cannes film festival, was slightly longer. But the director cut about 30s from it prior to release.

  • Released the same year as "Nightmare on Elm Street 4" and just a year after "Hellraiser".

  • The film has not been released to DVD to date, but a bootleg DVDr of the workprint version is available to download from the web.

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