Anthology Horror is my bread and butter; at least when the movie is from the 80’s and before. In recent years you have to be mega careful about what you let in your DVD player. Some of the crap that gets through is painful experimental filmmaking that is barely passable as a narrative or film or even a piece of visual garbage. Movies like Nightmares however are a treat, an anthology to be treasured and finally indulged and enjoyed now that Scream Factory gave it the HD treatment. Nightmares was one of my most anticipated releases of the year and it lived up to my expectation.
The quality of transfer is great given the original source material and how the film has always looked. Scream cleaned it up some, and this is the best the movie has looked in a digital format. You get a couple extras including a commentary track, radio spot and theatrical trailer. Definitely a nice plus given the small scale and popularity of the release. Traditional cover art is preserved and there is also reversible art.
While each story is enjoyable in its own right, my favorite is “The Bishop of Battle”. I mean Emilio Estevez pre-Maximum Overdrive in a Horror story, and it cashes in on the video game craze of the period that we remember ever so nostalgic. The story actually gets under my skin. I get unnerved. I get a little scared, and that’s the general feeling for each story. There’s a feeling of slight 80’s cheese that sticks out for movies of this period of a certain production value (almost Empire Pictures quality), but each story also has a little creep out that works.
This isn’t Creepshow, okay? This isn’t a life changer, but it’s damn fun with perfect 80’s sensibilities. If you’ve been waiting for this movie to get a solid physical release, your time has come. If you’re new to this title, it’s a must buy.
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From Scream Factory
AN ANTHOLOGY OF TERROR!
A pack of cigarettes, a video game, a pick-up truck and a stately colonial home all become key elements in four terrifying tales of terror in the anthology film, Nightmares, directed by Joseph Sargent (The Taking of Pelham One Two Three, White Lightning).
A chain-smoking homemaker (Cristina Raines, The Sentinel) insists on going out for cigarettes even when an escaped madman is on the loose in "Terror in Topanga."
J.J. Cooney (Emilio Estevez, Young Guns), a video game hot-shot, dares to take on a strange challenger – though it may cost him his life – in "The Bishop of Battle."
A troubled priest (Lance Henriksen, Aliens) seeks to find the faith he has lost on the road, but instead he finds someone (or something) in this desert is trying to drive him out of his mind in "The Benediction."
Claire (Veronica Cartwright, Alien) hears rats in the walls. Her husband (Richard Masur, The Thing) believes he can take care of the problem with a few rat traps, but this problem is only going to get much bigger in "Night of the Rat."
Available In Two Versions: Widescreen (1.78:1) And Full Frame (1.33:1)
Audio Commentary With Executive Producer Andrew Mirisch And Actress Cristina Raines
Original Theatrical Trailer