Nightwish (1989 film)

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Nightwish (1989), AKA Nightwish - Out of Control

Summary

"In your dreams, no one can hear you scream." A professor and four graduate students journey to a crumbling mansion to investigate dreams, the nature of terror, and paranormal activity, facing ghosts, aliens and satanic entities.

Details

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  • Release Date: 1989
  • Country/Language: USA, English
  • Genres/Technical: Horror, Sci-fi
  • Setting: 1980s California and Dreamlands
  • Runtime: 1 hr 36 min
  • Starring: Brian Thompson, Jack Starrett, Elizabeth Kaitan
  • Director: Bruce R. Cook
  • Writer: Bruce R. Cook
  • Producer/Production Co: Keith Walley
  • View Trailer: (link)
  • TVTropes: (link)
  • Wikipedia: (link)
  • IMDB Page: (link)


Ratings

MPAA Ratings

  • Rated: R (graphic Violence, Profanity, Adult Content, brief Nudity)

Tentacle Ratings

A rough measure of how "Lovecraftian" the work is:

  • Ss___ (One and a Half Tentacles: Barely Lovecraftian; probably has almost no direct connection to Lovecraft's work but might be an uncredited pastiche of several stories)

A rather dull mind-bending affair involving a dream experiment gone wrong, taking a scenic route through mad scientist, slasher, cannibal hillbilly, occult horror, and sci-fi body horror territory to get to its predictable plot twist. There might be some Lovecraftian material buried somewhere in the "throw it all at the wall and see what sticks" approach here (compare to elements from "The Picture in the House (fiction)", "The Shunned House (fiction)", and "The Colour Out of Space (fiction)"), but overall the story is far too unfocused to dwell in Lovecraftian mood, themes, or subject matter for long.

Note: This rating is not intended as a measure of quality, merely of how closely related to Lovecraftian "Weird" fiction the work is.

Reviews

Review Links:

  • Review by Abraham at A Wasted Life (link)
  • Review by Bill Gordon at HorrorFanzineDotCom (link)
  • Review by Charles Tatum at the Charles Tatum Review Archive (link) - (2/5 Stars) "...while there is so much going on here, I was never distracted from a completely predictable climax that I knew was coming since the first two scenes of the film."


Synopsis (SPOILERS)

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After testing techniques for exploring nightmares through induced dreaming technology as part of their nightmare research, a professor and four graduate students journey to a crumbling mansion to investigate dreams, the nature of terror, and paranormal activity, facing ghosts, aliens and satanic entities. The film thus takes a scenic route through mad scientist, slasher, cannibal hillbilly, occult horror, and sci-fi body horror territory to get to its predictable plot twist: the test subject never really woke up from the experiment....


Notes

Comments, Trivia, Dedication

  • Filmed in 1988, unreleased until 1990.


Associated Mythos Elements


Keeper Notes

  • The investigators visit a creepy cabin in the woods as part of an experiment in terror, discovering that the NPC professor conducting the experiment is a mad scientist with little regard for his volunteer test subjects' well-being.
  • The investigators visit a creepy cabin in the woods to investigate a haunting, only to discover that the house is actually haunted by a Colour Out of Space or Shan in a cavern under the basement.
  • The investigators participate in a scientific experiment into dreams, and find themselves stuck in the Dreamlands, even after they seem to awaken.