Film / Nightmares

Nightmares is a 1983 horror anthology film directed by Joseph Sargent.

The film is divided into four different stories:
  • Terror in Topanga: Smoking addict Lisa (Cristina Raines) goes out at night to buy new cigarettes, against her husband's warnings (and a radio news) that psychopath William Henry Glazier (Lee Ving) is on the loose. Things go From Bad to Worse when her car runs out of gas.
  • The Bishop of Battle: The most popular of the four stories. Arcade whiz J. J. Cooney (Emilio Estevez) is obsessed with beating the eponymous and fictional arcade game. The game is so difficult that not even the best players made it to the 13th level.
  • The Benediction: Catholic priest MacLeod (Lance Henriksen) lost his faith following the violent death of a young boy. While driving on a highway, he gets stalked by a black Chevrolet pickup apparently intent on killing him.
  • Night of the Rat: A family has a rat problem. The father, Steven Houston (Richard Masur) wants to fix the problem himself. His wife (Veronica Cartwright) eventually gets fed up and calls an exterminator (Albert Kague). Little do they know that the rat is bigger than they thought.

The DVD was released by Anchor Bay Entertainment in 1999, but it's currently out-of-print.

This film contains examples of:

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    Terror in Topanga 
  • Red Herring: The attendant is not Glazier; the real Glazier is hiding in Lisa's back seat, only to be killed by the attendant.

    The Bishop of Battle 

    The Benediction 
  • Satan: The driver, as implied by the upside down cross hanging on the pickup's mirror.
  • Stuff Blowing Up: The pickup blows up MacLeod's car after ramming it several times.

    Night of the Rat 
  • All for Nothing: Steven wanted to kill the rat. In the end, he puts his gun down and the rat leaves the house, harming no one.
  • Monster Is a Mommy: The normal-sized rat killed early in the segment was her baby, and its gigantic mother is looking for it.