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Nightmare (2005)

Jason Scott Campbell , Nicole Roderick , Dylan Bank  |  Unrated |  DVD
3.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (6 customer reviews)

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  • Actors: Jason Scott Campbell, Nicole Roderick
  • Directors: Dylan Bank
  • Format: Multiple Formats, AC-3, Color, Dolby, NTSC, Subtitled, Widescreen
  • Language: English
  • Subtitles: English, Spanish
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.78:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated: Unrated
  • Studio: MPI HOME VIDEO
  • DVD Release Date: September 29, 2009
  • Run Time: 111 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 3.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (6 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B002EOVXDS
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #416,688 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
  • Learn more about "Nightmare" on IMDb

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A young film student has a one-night stand with an aspiring actress. The next morning, there is a video camera pointed at their bed. But rather than a sex tape, they find what appears to be a brutal snuff movie starring themselves as the killers. They have no memory of the murders and there is no evidence of the carnage. Do the answers to this waking terror wait in the student s own work, or could the line between reality and illusion slice straight to the edge of madness? Jason Scott Campbell and Nicole Roderick star in this mind-bending shocker that Horror Talk calls a thinking man s horror film in the realm of DONNIE DARKO. Writer/director Dylan Bank makes a fearless, stylish debut, fusing psychosexual horror and indie auteur cinema!

Review

A surreal shocker (Four Stars) --Fangoria

Extraordinary...A seriously twisted blend of Hitchcockian suspense
with the distinctly strange appeal of a David Lynch film --WeAreMovieGeeks.com

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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Graphic, Surreal and Inventive November 11, 2009
Format:DVD
Nightmare is a low budget slasher in a surreal style guaranteed to separate the somewhat interested viewer from the fully committed horror fan. With blood, nudity, a slew of irritating minor characters and graphic sex galore, at first the film appears to be a self-indulgent exercise. Also, it's clear from the start that the sex scenes are not meant to be all that sexy, and some of the horror isn't meant to be scary. So, what gives?

Directed by Dylan Bank in 2005 and now available on DVD, Nightmare redeems itself with a premise that keeps paying off and solid, compelling performances by lead actors Jason Scott Campbell and Nicole Roderick and supporting actor Amin Joseph. By the midpoint viewers will either tune out altogether or become obsessed with figuring out what lies behind the core mystery.

I love a mystery, so I kept coming back for more and I'm glad I did. The conclusion to the story is not what I anticipated, but it is satisfying for anyone who likes both horror and meta-horror.

A self-confident film student goes to a party where he is praised by unctuous friends and envious classmates. He meets an interesting young actress, and they have a one-night stand. When they wake the next morning, they discover a video camera is pointed at the bed. The tape in the camera contains what looks like a snuff film--starring the couple as vicious killers, slaughtering several naked victims. All of the action appears to have been shot in the room where they made love and then slept, yet the tape is the only evidence that the event took place.

Emotionally shaken and still a bit hung-over, the director and the actress try to figure out what has happened to them. Are they the victims of a practical joke? If so, who is behind it?
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6 of 8 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Pleasant surprise September 30, 2009
Format:DVD
I hadn't heard of this movie before I saw it among the new releases in Amazon's horror bin. It saw that it had interesting reviews, so I decided to give it a chance and am I ever happy that I did.

This movie is twisted, surreal, and full of violence and nudity. At times, it is also confusing and frustrating. But after watching the director's commentary, I see that's exactly what the filmmakers were going for.

This movie grabs you in an unexpected way and takes you on a journey through madness, courtesy of striking performances by the film's lead actors - all unknowns, as far as I could tell. The best part of this movie is that it defies your expectations and never lets you predict what's coming next. As a hardcore horror fan who always sees the big twist coming from a mile away, I was relieved to actually be surprised for a change.

I haven't been this disturbed and unnerved by a movie since "Irreversible". I hope this obscure indie film gets its due. It might be too raw for the mainstream, but it's a gem for horror heads looking for something bloody and provocative to sink their teeth into.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars entertaining January 12, 2012
By PJR
Format:DVD
Tops coherent horror films.

I am the fourth reviewer and not a hard core horror movie fan. But I agree with the two positive reviewers and what they have to say and have little to add. I found it very entertaining even though it was clearly a teaser of the dream within a dream, psychotic fantasy blurring into reality sort. The acting was engaging and the play on film school pretensions and such helped hold it together for me. I liked it much better than most horror films that are coherent.

I guess there could be several ways to think about what is going on. The film school budding director was into improvisation filming. As I saw it he was probably fantasizing about where his film might go next and we were seeing convincing realities that were often but not always his imagination. Then the question for me was if he was nuts and his nightmares were spilling over into his waking state, or what? This was my mind's effort to impose probably too much order on a film that was meant more to tease than get wrapped up logically. Take it or leave it. Well, it did tease in any event.

I suspect this film would go well with not only some types of hard core horror fans, but some viewers who are deeply into the culture of aspiring film makers.
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