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Nightmare at Noon (1990)

Wings Hauser , Bo Hopkins , Nico Mastorakis  |  R |  DVD
3.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (8 customer reviews)

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  • Actors: Wings Hauser, Bo Hopkins, George Kennedy, Kimberly Beck, Brion James
  • Directors: Nico Mastorakis
  • Writers: Nico Mastorakis, Kirk Ellis
  • Producers: Nico Mastorakis, Bob Manning, Isabelle Mastorakis
  • Format: Anamorphic, Color, Dolby, Widescreen, NTSC
  • Language: English (Dolby Digital 5.1)
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.85:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated: R (Restricted)
  • Studio: Republic Pictures Home Video
  • DVD Release Date: February 18, 2003
  • Run Time: 96 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 3.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (8 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B00007L4NA
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #432,851 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
  • Learn more about "Nightmare at Noon" on IMDb

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A small town in the middle of nowhere. A cruel experiment. Average folks transformed into vicious killers. An albino villain. A town sheriff. An obnoxious entertainment attorney. And a cop on the run. Combine these for an explosive mixture of red-hot action in this sci-fi adventure, where car stunts, high falls and spectacular aerial chases deliver power-packed thrills with a collection of veteran actors including Wings Hauser (Tales from the Hood), Bo Hopkins (The Getaway), Brion James (Blade Runner), and George Kennedy (The Naked Gun), with a pulsating score from Hans Zimmer (Gladiator) and Stanley Myers.

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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Beautifully, wonderfully inept trash! January 18, 2004
"Nightmare at Noon" is an action/adventure film from Greek director Nico Mastorakis. This statement in and of itself probably does not raise much interest, but it should for those viewers who have witnessed the sleazy film "Island of Death." Mastorakis made that movie back in the 1970s when he needed to do something outrageous in order to raise funds for his more "serious" projects. If this film, starring George Kennedy, Bo Hopkins, and Wings Hauser, is one of these "serious" efforts, we are all in a lot of trouble. "Nightmare at Noon" is an atrocious film, a huge mess of a movie that fails to pass the test in nearly every category of cinematic achievement. The acting, script, pacing, editing, plausibility, and cinematography all grind to a shrieking halt at various points throughout the movie. It sounds terrible, does it not? The picture does fail with frightening regularity, but it is also one of the most entertaining action films I have seen in eons. "Nightmare at Noon" is so hilariously over the top and so unbelievable as to defy description. It really deserves a place on some "so bad it's good" list somewhere.
A small town out in the middle of nowhere serves as the starting place for Mastorakis's picture. A secret government agency, at least one that looks government and looks secret, sends a batch of goons out to the water supply of this isolated hamlet. Led by a mute albino (Brion James, in serious camp mode as the pasty-faced maniac. He never says a word in the entire film!), the government thugs shoot a weird fluid into the water that turns townspeople into zombies.
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6 of 7 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars It's no nightmare watching this movie-it's a dream. March 27, 2003
This is an excellent movie. George Kennedy who plays the sherriff in it is really appealing. And ofcourse Kimberly Beck out of Friday the 13th the final chapter adds more appeal to this movie but due to the script she isn't in it as much as she should be.
Nightmare at Noon is about a mute albino and his henchman who contaminate the water supply of this small town and turn people into violent maniacs.The sherriff's daughter thinks it can't be the CIA doing it in their backyard so it must be some foreigners who are doing this.Possibly Russians.
The sherriff denies he had any water but he probably had a coffee and soon he becomes affected by the contaminants.
Brion James plays the albino and justice is delivered to him in the form of Bo Hopkins when the ex-cop gives him enough of the contaminants to send a whole town mad. This is after various interesting shootouts between the bad guys and the goodguys and oh yes, a helicopter chase.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars FASTFORWARDITIS June 15, 2004
This is a horribly unentertaining movie. I have seen other Nico Mastorakis' movies, such as Zero Boys and Bloodstone which are B-movies but entertaining. I'm not going to cut him any slack with the old cliche, this is so bad it's good. This movie is the nightmare and the DVD is overpriced on Amazon.
There are a bunch of extras: trailers, DVD specs, Nico Mastorakis' ongoing documentary, and a filmopgraphy. The DVD is widescreen and the actual image and sound quality is good.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
As action/thriller movies of the 80's go this one isnt too bad. After all a movie with the trio of Bo Hopkins, Wings hauser and George good could it be? But if your looking to kill an hour and a half you could waste time in worse ways. The movie, a story about the people of a small desert town going mad and on many homicidal rampages, due to the poisoning of their water supply by a mysterious albino stranger and his gang of green coverall clad henchmen, oddly enough keeps your interest. You just kind of "need" to know what is gonna happen next. The few special effects arent bad, plenty of car wrecks and some really fun shots of peoples turning pale and zombielike and oozing green blood when shot. The rampages reminded me of what life might be like if everyone gave into their urges at all times. Sorta like road rage eighties style. The major criticism I have is that the ending leave's you with some major unaswered questions. Like, why did the albino poison the water? Who was he? Who was he working for? How did the hero's wife get cured? Its kind of hard to get the answers since the villian, Brion James, never utters a word through the entire movie. But then again...the others did enough talking. Watch it...have fun...let go.
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