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Nightmare (Uncut 30th Anniversary Edition) (1981)

Baird Stafford , Sharon Smith , Romano Scavolini  |  NR |  DVD
3.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (28 customer reviews)

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Product Details

  • Actors: Baird Stafford, Sharon Smith, C.J. Cooke, Mik Cribben
  • Directors: Romano Scavolini
  • Writers: Romano Scavolini
  • Producers: John L. Watkins
  • Format: Color, Limited Edition, NTSC
  • Language: English
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.78:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated: NR (Not Rated)
  • Studio: Code Red
  • DVD Release Date: July 26, 2011
  • Run Time: 98 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 3.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (28 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B004X60QT2
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #163,891 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)

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Editorial Reviews

Escaped mental patient George (Baird Stafford) repeatedly suffers a graphic nightmare that depicts the axe murders of a couple making love. In Florida, a prowler stalks a babysitter - when she is attacked the youngest child she is looking after just sits and laughs... George begins a journey of brutal murder, death and destruction until the final moment of truth when his nightmares come to frightening life! aka Nightmare in a Damaged Brain and Blood Splash.

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39 of 42 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Amazing release for this highly sought after movie July 23, 2011
Code Red has done a spectacular job with this sleazy horror film. First off it is a two disc set. This release contains THREE versions of the film
Disc one has a HiDef Master 1:78 16 x 9 cut (this was a good print) and a full frame color corrected cut of the movie (this isnt too good)
while disc 2 has a brand new 2011 telecine 1:78:1 16 x 9 transfer which is the best of the bunch. Disc 2 is labeled DVDr - but rest assured it is's a little Code Red joke..
Bonus features include Audio Commentary with make up artist Cleve Hall and Baird Stafford, an uncensored 95min Italian interview from Romano Scavolini in Italian Language ( no subtitles ) , "Making of a Nightmare" interview with Baird Stafford, Cleve Hall and Tom Ward, "New York Nightmare" interview with Edward French ( special effects artist) 2 different Nightmare trailers, Code Red trailers...
The movie itself is about an adult who keeps having Nightmares about his childhood,his past, leading to his murderous self in the present. It's gory, perverse, sleazy , just the way gore lovers like it..
I will not say too much about scenes and spoil any characters it other than there is a gratuitous amount of splatter gore, nudity, an unforgettable scene with a lady and her *toy*. To answer some questions, their is a head chopping blood spurting scene, a stabbing scene, a woman tied up being eaten by rats, gunfire gore, foaming at the mouth. A ladies' head surrounded by bloody insides, liver, stomach...
At times the film's plot is a little incoherent, hard to follow but if you stick with it like I did,as a first time viewer, you will be rewarded with a sleazy horror gem that is highly compelling.
None of the actors will win academy awards but it was at least credible for a film such as this..
This film isnt for everyone , but if you like movies like Maniac, Rituals, gore, fans of independent genre films this is highly recommended
Good show Code Red !
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19 of 22 people found the following review helpful
By Eric A.
Format:DVD|Verified Purchase
Long derided by elitist and stately horror critics, but much loved by the Exploitation/Slasher/Gore crowd, the notorious Video Nasty "NIGHTMARE" has finally been bestowed upon us by the fine folks at Code Red! Grim, dark, and featuring the most shocking decapitation scene you will ever see, "NIGHTMARE" is perfect for fans of films such as "MANIAC", "DON'T GO IN THE HOUSE", and "PIECES". Lead actor Baird Stafford gives a sulking and menacing portrayal of a man overcome with mental illness, and there is a pervasively downbeat vibe to this film that is hard to shake.

This release is packaged beautifully! The original theatrical artwork with a strikingly lurid color scheme sets the tone before you even begin viewing. For extras we have a commentary track with Baird Stafford, and FX man Cleve Hall. This commentary track is very informative. Stafford has a razor sharp recollection of many facets of the shoot. I found this a very enjoyable listen. Then we have the "MAKING OF A NIGHTMARE" interview segment with Stafford, Hall, and Tom Ward. And, as an extra bonus, the "NEW YORK NIGHTMARE" interview segment with veteran makeup man Ed French! I was ecstatic to see him included as he also worked on another favorite of mine- "BLOOD RAGE". Sadly, this interview is rather short, and French seems far more interested in pointing out his extensive resume of Emmy nominations, blah, blah. Still a nice little extra, regardless. There is also a 95 minute interview with director Romano Scavolini, but it is in Italian with no subtitles. I am hoping that if this DVD release sells well enough, perhaps one day we might get a BluRay release with the interview subtitled.

Oh, and so there is no confusion, all copies are 2 DISC sets with three separate transfers.
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22 of 27 people found the following review helpful
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In the years since Program Power and then BCI acquired the rights to this film / did nothing with them / dissolved & passed the buck to Code Red I have managed to get married, live overseas, and have children... Yes, this DVD really has been a long time coming - at least 7-10yrs... hence my anticipation for this - my favourite non-giallo slasher - was high, and understandably that's a tall order for any long awaited DVD to live up to. Especially a Code Red one.

I remember the days of film fairs in sports halls where, with the right nods and winks, you'd get to see a hand written sheet of A4 with scribbled titles of notorious horror films bootlegged onto VHS - that's how I first saw Nightmare 20yrs ago, so I'm well accustomed to viewing grainy, scratchy, washed out / too dark, badly registered renditions of old horror films, but even so I was quite appalled by the quality of the prints in this DVD set.

Code Red did at one point explain at some length how every print they'd sourced had serious damage and degradation, and the dreadful state of the source material really goes show on the Disc 1 prints - scratches, dirt, dust, corrosion, jumps & sound issues aplenty. Also - the informaton relating to the 4:3 has been massaged somewhat. I had written correspondence with Scavolini myself and he confirmed that the 2005 transfer was done without his knowledge or participation,- indeed Code Red hadn't even approached him at that point and he refuted point blank Code Red's original assertion that Nightmare was filmed for fullscreen presentation only. Scavolini was subsequently brought on board when CR became desparate over source print quality and he DID approve the cut [i.e.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
3.0 out of 5 stars Not Your Average Slasher Film
Atypical slasher film from the early 80s has a seriously somber and sleazy vibe to it in addition to all the violence. Read more
Published 1 day ago by dawkins jr
5.0 out of 5 stars I am glad I finally have Nightmare on DVD
I am glad I finally have Nightmare on DVD. Probably the most "Expensive" Dvd I ever bought. Read more
Published 15 days ago by Mr.heathen
2.0 out of 5 stars Not worth the hype
With all the hyper over this, I expected more. It's a creepy story, that was poorly executed.
Published 15 days ago by J. Ennis
5.0 out of 5 stars After years of vhs tapes and cut and hacked overseas prints...I`m...
Time to retire the Planet Video Big Box(the most complete version that was out there and I seen them all! Read more
Published 3 months ago by Schizo Kris
4.0 out of 5 stars Very disturbing even if you don't get it all
I never got the whole connection between the guy and his nightmares from his own childhood and the young boy named CJ. But the flick was still quite scary and very bloody.
Published 4 months ago by Viva
2.0 out of 5 stars DECENT... I was hoping it was going to be much better considering all...
The gore scenes are ok, im pretty sure this is the film that had a VHS which claimed

Tom Savini worked on it, but he didnt. Read more
Published 5 months ago by FILMCRITIC1987
1.0 out of 5 stars Totall Flop.
The movie was a complete bore, im soglad i didnt purchase, i was expecting a whole lot more from this horror movie... Read more
Published 19 months ago by Amazon Customer
5.0 out of 5 stars A Year After Purchasing...
...I'm one of those nuts who has been a total fanatic for this film since my first viewing as part of a 1983 double feature with MOTHER'S DAY in NYC. Read more
Published on August 15, 2012 by Nick Cato
3.0 out of 5 stars 2 discs version
questa edizione, o almeno, quella che ho ricevuto presenta 2 dvd9
con TRE versioni differenti

durata 1:38,14 formato 16/9 pellicola molto rovinata disc 1... Read more
Published on March 13, 2012 by gORE70hp
5.0 out of 5 stars Code Red shows some love to "Nightmare" and I LOVE it!
I honestly never thought it would happen... Nightmare (AKA Nightmare in a Damaged Brain) has been shown some much deserved love. Read more
Published on March 2, 2012 by Midiander
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