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Scream Dream (1989)

DVD Cover (Sub Rosa Studios)
Director:
Donald Farmer Donald Farmer
Starring:
Carol Carr Carol Carr
Melissa Moore Melissa Moore
Nikki Riggins Nikki Riggins
Jesse Raye Jesse Raye
Gene Amonette Gene Amonette

3.5 / 10 - Overall Rating

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Genres: Horror, Supernatural Horror
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Review by Chad
Added: November 15, 2010
I really should do a little more research before agreeing to review movies for this little site of ours. Case in point: I was contacted by a publicist who asked if I'd like to review Scream Dream, a cheesy little slice of eighties horror promising blood, boobs, beasts, and an abundance of heavy metal Satanism. With a quick glance at the synopsis and a peek at the DVD cover, I readily agreed. Then, when I received it, I noticed a little name tacked onto it that made me instantly regret that decision. Donald Farmer, the man responsible for such garbage as Cannibal Hookers and Savage Vengeance, was the name in question. I'll admit to putting it off for a week or so, but I did promise to subject myself to the film, and thus, I give you my thoughts on one of the most horrid hours of my life.

As for the storyline, there's nothing much to say. It centers around Michelle Shock (Carol Carr), the vocalist of a heavy metal band that "makes Van Halen seem like elevator music" (but in actuality, makes Justin Bieber seem like he should be fronting Slayer). The band is doing rather well in the metal scene though, and they are consistently selling out venues across the country (read: there's always at least three people in the audience).

However, it's not all peaches and cream: it turns out that Mrs. Shock is injecting Satanic messages into her music, worshiping the devil, and sacrificing her loyal fans after her shows. How awful! Naturally, this brings some negative press for the band, and this prompts the manager to kick Shock to the curb and replace her with Jamie Summers (Melissa Moore). One thing leads to another, band-mate Derrick (Nikki Riggins) ends up at Shock's house where he murders her and catches a glimpse of her penis-looking familiar, Shock's spirit somehow ends up in Summers' body, and Shock-inside-Summers decides to kill off all of the people who wronged her.

Let's get the positive out of the way first, shall we? The makeup effects used for Shock's demon alter-ego were actually rather nice, and even though the beast spent far too much time with its mouth hanging open in an effort to show off its teeth, I can't say anything negative about the actual look of it. Also on the positive side, well... there's a good deal of boobs to be seen, and... uh, well, it only runs for sixty minutes, and... alright, that's it for the positive.

Sixty minutes, you say? That's a rather short movie! It is, but I'll be damned if it didn't seem like an eternity. Even though the running time clocks in at just one hour, this film features a shameful amount of padding: we get to see the band play for at least twenty minutes, we get pointless scenes featuring irrelevant characters, there are abundant close-up shots of faces and objects that merely linger there for hours, and almost the entire film just seemed like one huge time-stretch. If you were to cut this film down to the basic elements - the relevant story, enough band performance so that we get the idea, the kills, and hell, throw in the nudity as well - you'd be left with a film that clocks in at about fifteen minutes. I know that this expression is overused in the review world, but I literally fell asleep halfway through the film. I kid you not: three hours of my day are gone because my brain simply shut down midway through the running time.

I really can't justify dignifying this movie with too much more of my day, so let me boil it down for you. The editing is horrible, the acting is laughable, the kills are lame, the lighting is atrocious, the audio is a small step up from indecipherable, and again, the only good thing about the entire damned affair is that the demon looks kinda neat. Other than that, I want my goddamned day back. 2/10.
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