Nightmare (1964)

Marie Osmond and Doug Henning buy a pet shop only to find that the turtles are possessed and are convincing the kittens and goldfish to mutiny. Can Marie and Doug outfox the turtles? And what of the hamsters? Will they revolt or join Marie and Doug? Music by Liberace and Iron Maiden and cinematography by Ray Charles make this worth a watch.

I just wanted to see if you were paying attention.

Janet, a teenager away at boarding school, has horrific nightmares involving her mother and stabbing and death and junk. She keeps waking up in the middle of the night, screaming, so they send her home so everyone can get a decent night’s sleep. She keeps having bad dreams, but why? Are they really dreams? And what does Janet’s mom-who’s-in-a-mental-institution have to do with all of this?

“Did Janet eat radishes before bed again?”

Freddie Francis, who also directed The Skull and The Deadly Bees, and did the cinematography for The Elephant Man, is good at setting scary scenes and getting to the point. He directed a number of other Hammer and Amicus features and was director of photography on a few Powell/Pressburger films too. Writer, Jimmy Sangster wrote a metric shit ton of films for Hammer, including Scream of Fear and The Snorkel, which rule.

Looks cozy.

Veteran Hammer/Amicus crew members along with seasoned, British character actors make this a fun horror/thriller.

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