“Whatever you do, don’t fall asleep.”
Response to Peary’s Review:
… “too many of the nightmares are similar in content”:
… and while “there are occasional shocks,” there’s “little suspense.” He further notes that “while the splatter murders are well done, you can’t really respect a film whose highlights feature blood spurting onto walls and ceilings”.
He calls the film’s ending “trite and infuriating in that it defies the film’s logic”, and notes that “worst of all”, the “teenagers and adults are [all] unappealing”. Nonetheless, in the years since Peary’s book was published, Nightmare… has gained an increasingly strong cult following, and remains must-see viewing for all film fanatics given its pivotal place in the slasher film genre.
Redeeming Qualities and Moments:
(Listed in 1001 Movies You Must See Before You Die)