Monday, June 18, 2018

On July 23rd the latest in the acclaimed 88 Slasher Classics Collection - BAD DREAMS (1988) - burns its way onto UK Blu-ray!


BAD DREAMS (1988) 

You would need to have been living in a bubble not to have encountered the Freddy Krueger phenomenon that took over the world in the 1980s. However, a number of movies also followed the NIGHTMARE ON ELM STREET boom with similar tales of dream-stalkers and surrealist scares – and chief among them was BAD DREAMS which also boasted a big budget and bombastic special effects! Featuring a leading lady performance from the legendary Scream Queen Jennifer Rubin – who was then just fresh from battling Freddy himself in A NIGHTMARE ON ELM STREET PART 3: DREAM WARRIORS – BAD DREAMS gained acclaim for its solid acting performances, tense suspense and shocking moments of fiery revenge. Dealing with a deadly cult, loosely based on the events of the notorious Reverend Jim Jones and his Guyana suicide pact, which has long since ceased to exist, but which left its sole survivor - a beautiful young woman called Cynthia - in a 13 year coma after a night of arson took dozens of lives! Of course, Cynthia wakes up but her nights continue to be haunted by the charred figure of her former leader – a strange supernatural stalker who begins to slaughter the young lady’s new compatriots in a state asylum.

Featuring a villainous performance from the late, great Richard Lynch (CUT AND RUN/ INVASION USA) and supporting turns from the genre icon Bruce Abbott (RE-ANIMATOR) and cult figure Dean Cameron (SUMMER SCHOOL), BAD DREAMS was heavily censored during its UK VHS run. Now, thanks to the efforts of 88 Films, this classic horror epic arrives back to British shelves in fully uncut form – and with a stunning new HD restoration. Directed by Andrew Fleming (THE CRAFT) and produced by Gale Anne Hurd (ALIENS/ TERMINATOR 2: JUDGEMENT DAY) it will be little surprise to anyone that BAD DREAMS still contains several moments of sizzling and shocking splatter set pieces. Every bit as outstanding when seen today, it is little wonder that BAD DREAMS has maintained such a sizeable cult following – and 88 Films is proud to present this standout sickie of late 1980s slice and dice madness in a standout special edition release. 

Available soon from the 88 Films web site, with a limited edition slipcover and an equally limited booklet covering the 30 greatest slasher movies from PSYCHO in 1960 through to BAD DREAMS at the end of the eighties, and on general release form July 23rd, we are now happy to confirm the final specs for this superlative Slasher Classics debut which comes in dual-format DVD/BD.

Special Features: 

- NEW! Extensive interview (over 40 minutes!) with star Jennifer Rubin 
- NEW! Exclusive interview with director Andrew Fleming
- NEW! Exclusive interview with BAD DREAMS fan Spencer Murphy, Lecturer at the University of Coventry.
- NEW! Audio commentary with slasher buffs and all-round genre experts Nathaniel Thompson and Tim Greer from
- NEW! Limited edition booklet notes by Calum Waddell charting 30 years of slasher madness! 
- NEW! Full uncut and uncensored restoration for the first time in the UK!