Nightmares (1980, AUS) C-81m. ** D: John D. Lamond. Starring Jenny Neumann, Gary Sweet, Nina Landis, Max Phipps, John Michael Howson. Rather graphic Australian slasher movie about a young, inexperienced actress, whose childhood trauma now takes effect twenty years after she caused her mother to die while being sexually harassed. During the rehearsals for a play, the crew fall prey to her schizophrenic fits. Welcome deviation from usual slasher paths, though still rather dumb. Full-blown score by Brian May (MAD MAX) adds to film's effect. Video title: STAGE FRIGHT.

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