Paul Muller, Soledad Miranda and Jack Taylor star in Jess Franco's dull and slow paced film. Hardgore/Screen Entertainment UK R0 DVD.
young Anna is suffering from vivid nightmares in which she commits
murder. Her doctor, Paul (Paul Muller) is trying to treat her but
having little success and Anna thinks she is going crazy. Meanwhile a
strange couple watch over the house from a window...
Written by Franco himself, Nightmares Come at Night
takes his normal dream-like ambience to the limits with the whole film
seeimingly being a mix of dreams, visions and flashbacks. Unfortunately
the script this time simply does not work; for starters we never care
or know enough about Anna to sympathise with her plight, nor for that
matter are any of the characters particularly well defined. The film
lacks enough coherent moments to actually help move it anywhere and the
slow pacing means that it drags heavily in several scenes which will
often leave you struggling to stay awake. The attempted explanation at
the end just comes off as tagged on and does nothing to resolve any of
the issues. The only element of any real interest in the script is the
depiction of Dr. Paul as a practicing Catholic, an usually uncritical
perspective on the religion from this usually very anti-religious
filmmaker, however seems to be completely forgotten later on the
shows little flair here, his usually excellent night-club act is slow
to the point of boredom. The eroticism present in many of his 1969/71
films is missing here, with the nudity presented in a much more
'matter-of-fact' manner, as per much of his later work. A Bruno
Nicolai soundtrack adds some additional surreality to the film but is
rather wasted. Diana Lorys gets the lead role here with Colette
Giacobine as Cynthia, neither of them seem particularly interested and
certainly do nothing to lift the film. Two of Franco's regulars Jack
Taylor and Paul Muller give their usual solid performances with Muller
in one of his largest roles for the director. Soledad Miranda is making
her second credited appearance in a Jess Franco film (after Count Dracula (1970)) and gets only a
mere cameo role with less than three minutes on-screen.
With an uninteresting plot that never once hooks you in, Nightmares Come at Night
is simply a boring film with nothing to recommend it. Soledad Miranda
fans will probably be disappointed as she has only very brief screentime. For Franco completists only.
famous in it?
Jack Taylor - American actor who worked with Spanish cinema legends Paul Naschy and Jess Franco. Soledad Miranda - A beautiful Spanish actress who appeared in 6 Franco's films, including Vampyros Lesbos
Directed by anyone
Jess Franco - the biggest name in euro-cult cinema with over 180 films to his credit, ranging from surreal erotica in Venus in Furs (1969) to modern surgical horror in Faceless (1988).
A little blood.
Some female topless and soft nude scenes.
Who is it for?
Only for Franco completists.
Cropped ratio - 1.33:1 fullscreen. Colour. The print is noticably faded but generally free of damage. This film was probably shot 1.66:1 and there is some slight cropping evident in a few scenes.
English mono - recently created for the US DVD release, it is satisfactory and sounds like a contemporary dub track would.
The disc includes:
Interview with Jess Franco - he discusses Soledad Miranda with a lot of detail (22 minutes).
- an episode of the Eurotika documentary series about the French
studio, illustrated with a lot of clips from rare Eurocine films, with
some interesting interviews although sadly not with Franco
himself. (25 minutes)
Trailer for the film - seems to be newly created.
A very detailed on-screen text biography of Soledad Miranda.
A number of trailers for other Hardgore/Screen Entertainment releases.
(All) - PAL
Also available on R1 DVD
from Shriek Show - containing a better looking print and including the
original and apparently superior French audio with subtitles. It does
include the same interview but not include the Eurocine documentary.
The film is believed to be fully uncut. French language print.
A dull and boring story is compounded by a generally flat production. Not recommended.
film does not look as good as on the R1 DVD and lacks the superior
French track but is watchable, for the right price is probably worth
picking up for the Eurotika documentary which is not available