Friday, July 7, 2017

Dream Stalker

Director - Christopher Mills (Zed)
Starring - Diane Cardea (Kleptomania, Flight of the Pteranodon), Mark Dias (Detention, The Fugitive), and Jam Harrelson (The Walking Dead, Powers)
Release Date - 1991
Genre - Horror
Tagline - "In your dreams no one hears you scream"
Format - DVD (Personal Collection) (Screener)

Rating (out of 5):
      I review a lot of different movies.  Some have bad stories, bad casting, bad sound, corny dialogue, and the worst effects on accident.  Other movies are bad on purpose.  Hundreds, if not thousands, of fans love bad movies.  They live for it so when they are able to make their own films they make them bad on purpose.  With that being said, I do come across films that are bad in more than one way but are actually pretty damn entertaining.  One film that was bad in quality but was actually pretty entertaining was Dream Stalker.  This 1991S.O.V. flick has some trouble when it comes to film quality and audio clarity.  I've seen my fair share of S.O.V. flicks over the years but this one seems to suffer more than most but these shortcomings does not take away from the overall film.  I want to thank Intervision for sending this one over my way!  I really enjoyed it and I'm glad you allowed Horror Society and myself the opportunity to check out your release.

     The film follows a young couple who are deeply in love.  So much so that the young man, Ricky, is a little too clingy.  Ricky is also a dirt bike racer and perishes in a motorcycle accident.  Before he died he gave her a gift to symbolize his love for her.  Now, sometime after his death, she starts seeing his mangled corpse in her dream as he stalks and murders people that are getting too close to her.  When she starts to fall in love with someone else he finally manifests himself to take out the competition and reclaim his love.


     I went into this one with the same open mindedness that I did with Murderlust.  The film doesn't look that grand on the cover much like Murderlust but I actually enjoyed that film.  Dream Stalker is much of the same.  The film has a horrible poster and tagline but was actually pretty decent.  Nothing I would go out of the way for to get a shirt to show my love for it but I could see myself watching it again.  The acting in this one is not that great.  The cast looks like they are having fun on screen but they have no direction and just say their lines with no conviction or dedication to their character.  This is typical for most S.O.V. horror flicks so fans of S.O.V. would not be shocked by this.  The cast could have been better but given the circumstances they never had the opportunity to show their actual skill.  The story for this one is pretty fun and full of potential but does fall flat.  The story could have been a fantastic supernatural slasher with so many possibilities but instead, they opted for the A Nightmare on Elm St. type story which doesn't really work that well.  The film still delivers a solid story but so much more was left on the table.  Finally, the film does have a couple on screen kills.  One of the kills is very bloody and graphic but the others are easily forgettable and boring.  The one good kills we do get has some solid practical effects along with the killers make up.  Overall, Dream Stalker is a solid horror flick that is rough around the edges.  If you like your horror less than perfect then this one is for you.  Check it out.  

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