|11.09.07||DVR||This Screening is part of event: DVRfest 2007|
Dennis Quaid plays a psychic using his powers to make money at the track. Max von Sydow plays a scientist who's managed to project psychics into the dreams of others and is doing research to help people with chronic nightmares. Christopher Plummer is the shady government intelligence agent who's funding the project with the secret agenda to assassinate the president through his dreams and David Patrick "warrrriors come out and play" Kelly plays the rogue psychic psychopath. The movie is Dreamscape, a 1984 alternate of Nightmare on Elm Street (according to imdb this made it to theaters 3 months before Craven's film) with some Matrix and some Coma and Dennis Quaid's abs thrown in. Joseph Ruben (The Stepfather) directs with some wonderfully pre-digital effects work and there's even George Wendt playing a Stephen King-esque horror writer (named Charlie Prince) who somehow knows about the secret experiments thanks to research for an upcoming book. Oh and you get a quick shot of Kate Capshaw's boob and that's 1984 Capshaw so... nothing to shake a stick at.
(looking at imdb comments, it looks like the Image R1 DVD of this is cut and does not include either the Capshaw side boob or an earlier cheating wife boob shot. suck!)
Considering I knew nothing about this movie going in, I was pretty blown away by what I saw. I can't believe I haven't known about this since I was a kid. Due to the dream aspect of it, it can be funny sometimes then sexy then scary (with an awesome Snakeman that looks just like a He-Man toy I used to have). All those actors, such an interesting and out-there premise, so many ideas going on... I just can't believe I haven't heard of this. I think maybe Elm Street overshadowed this or something like how Sixth Sense ruins Stir of Echoes but that's a shame. This movie is pretty damn good!
I mean, it's still a 1984 movie. The music's horrible, all the green screen is terrible and Quaid's pretty boy bit doesn't really fit, but I love that he uses his power to pick up chicks! Love it! If it wasn't Hollywood, they should've gotten a pretty ugly dude for the part since Quaid probably had no problem getting chicks psychic or no (especially if he has an excuse to take his shirt off or smile or do both) but whatever... that's movies. Scientist women probably don't look like Kate Capshaw either but you don't see me complaining about that.
So yeah, awesome times watching this movie. I feel like the fest is really kicking in. What's up next? Well, even though it's already 1:15, it's time for a midnight movie. What did I pick???