- 1 hr 22 min
Dreamaniac is a 1986 horror movie directed by David DeCoteau that stars Thomas Bern, Ashlyn Gere, and Sylvia Summers. The movie follows the story of a young man named Johnny whose love for a girl named Lina pushes him to experiment with hypnosis. Lina is a singer in a heavy metal band, and Johnny is obsessed with her. The movie begins with Lina and her band performing at a club. Johnny is mesmerized by her and manages to get backstage to meet her. He introduces himself as a hypnotherapist and offers to help her overcome stage fright using hypnosis. Lina's bandmates are reluctant, but she agrees to try it. Johnny conducts the hypnosis session, which leads to Lina having vivid dreams of her bandmates being murdered. Meanwhile, strange things start happening around Lina and her band. One by one, the band members are killed in their dreams and in real life. As the murders continue, Johnny becomes increasingly obsessed with Lina and her dreams. He becomes convinced that they are connected and that he can control Lina's dreams. Johnny eliminates anyone who stands in his way of getting Lina to love him. Meanwhile, Lina's friend, a journalist named Carrie, starts investigating the murders. She discovers that Johnny is not who he claims to be and that he has a dark history involving hypnosis and murder. Things come to a head when Johnny takes Lina hostage and tries to force her to marry him in a dream. Dreamaniac is a low-budget horror movie that showcases director David DeCoteau's signature style. The movie is set in the world of heavy metal music, which was popular in the mid to late 1980s. The movie features a lot of music and performances from the band, which creates a unique atmosphere. The movie also features some impressive special effects, especially for a low-budget movie. The dream sequences are visually striking, and the murders are creative and gruesome. The movie is not for the faint of heart, with scenes of violence and gore that will make some viewers squirm. The acting is a mixed bag, with some performances being better than others. Thomas Bern as Johnny gives a chilling performance as the obsessed hypnotherapist. Ashlyn Gere, who later went on to become a popular adult film actress, is decent as Lina, but her character is underdeveloped. Sylvia Summers as Carrie is the standout performance, providing some much-needed levity and humor. Overall, Dreamaniac is a fun and entertaining horror movie that showcases the creativity and talent of its director and cast. While it may not appeal to everyone, it is a must-watch for fans of low-budget horror movies and heavy metal music. It may not be a classic, but it is a unique and memorable movie that deserves a cult following.