Day of the Nightmare / Scream of the Butterfly
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"Day of the Nightmare" ends up being a rip off of "Pyscho," and an argument for why you should never see your mother having sex (does anybody need that argument to be made?). Apparently Jonathan's mother and his father, Dr. Philip Crane (John Hart), had an open marriage, which supposedly explains why Jonathan is so screwed up. I suppose the nudity prevented it from being prime fare for "MST3K," because this film would have been a perfect choice, from the comic relief provided by Detective Smith (James Cross) to the awfully convenient way justice is served down at the docks at the end of the film. But the chief affront here is the way psychological problems are exploited to advance the story, which is certainly a fair but obvious cop to make for any exploitation film.
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While this film is very similar to Psycho in it's way it is in no means a rip-off of Hitchcock's classic. This film is a story of it's own - and it's a pretty good one.
One thing I did not like this film - the ending. The ending to me was hurried, a bit sloppy and could have been rewritten into something conclusive. But it is an unsuspected ending which is nice - must have been a shock to audiences in 1965.
For one thing, instead of the dingy, scuffy photography of your usual soft-core porno flix, "Scream" is brightly lit and nicely filmed by Ray Stickler (who also filmed "Wild Guitar." All the rooms are blazing white, even the sand of the beaches and the bubble-styled hair-do of its amazing femme star, Nelida Lobato, who was a well-known dancer and singer at that time. Equally startling was the gorgeous young hunk who plays her hot-blooded stud, Nick Navarro. At that time, all male leads of grind-house gems were heavy, flabby and middle-aged, often with weird moustches and tobacco-stained teeth. Navarro would be a knock-out even today and his femme co-star would be a Centerfold of the Year for Playboy. Strangely, neither star would make another picture after this one.
This movie manages to transcend some of the big studio's picures with one key scene: the young lovers make passionate love in the surging foam on the beach as a violent thunderstorm explodes above them. The music builds up to a powerful level, making an impression on the viewer's mind long after Scream of the Butterfly returns to an underserved obscurity.
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Very forward looking for the day. A great modern day mystery.Published 2 months ago by Endeavor Morse
In the vein of Psycho. Moderately interesting, but could have developed the characters more.Published 10 months ago by D. Sumner
Fantastic. One of the worst movies ever made. And I mean that in a good way. I love old bad movies and this was a treat. I mean c'mon just look at the poster.Published 16 months ago by S. M. Porter