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  • 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: 3.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (31 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B004X60QT2
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #132,733 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.

Customer Reviews

This was not your run of the mill splatterfest.
Misfit5150
All said, I can strongly recommend this DVD to any fan of '80s slasher films.
Ian M. Zapczynski
Now that I've had the DVD for a year, I can say the wait was well worth it.
Nick Cato

Most Helpful Customer Reviews

40 of 43 people found the following review helpful By D. Steigman on July 23, 2011
Format: DVD
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 not..it'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. on July 26, 2011
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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10 of 11 people found the following review helpful By Misfit5150 on October 18, 2011
Format: DVD Verified Purchase
Most people aren't even aware that this movie exists. However, I'm not most people, and sleazy exploitation splatter films are kind of my thing. When I found out that the wait was over, that there was indeed a DVD release date set for "Nightmare", I felt like a kid on Christmas eve. I had first seen this movie twenty-five years ago, and I remembered it well. This was not your run of the mill splatterfest. Most offerings from this genre are a dime a dozen, but THIS... This one had a way of crawling underneath your skin to fester. Very creepy stuff.

When it arrived in the mail, I looked over the packaging. Yep. Original theatrical poster art just as I remembered it. A small warning bell went off when I read the promotional blurb on the back. It seemed to focus on talking about how many copies this DVD was likely to sell. Whatever. I watched the first five minutes of all transfers, and realized just how spoiled I've become in regards to picture clarity.

These transfers are a mess. The amount of debris, scratches, pops and everything else make darkened scenes resemble a colorful snowstorm. Given that the project was in the works for roughly ten years, this surprised me. I would think that in that amount of time, a team could have digitally cleaned the film up on a frame by frame basis. Or maybe not. I'm not an expert in film restoration. Maybe they did the best with what they had. Still, I kept thinking "Wow. Ten years and this is the best they could come up with?"

But you know what? Ultimately, it doesn't matter. The degraded quality of the film actually contributes to its overall effect. The makers of "Grindhouse" understood this perfectly, took a crystal clear print, and added a lot of scratches and sloppy splices into the mix. What matters is that "Nightmare" is finally here in all its uncensored glory, leaving a trail of slime wherever it goes. Prepare to be disturbed.
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