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Les cauchemars naissent la nuit (1972)

Not Rated | | Crime, Drama, Horror | 18 January 1973 (Belgium)
Two exotic dancers embark on a erotic friendship which takes a turn when one of them begins having recurring nightmares of her killing people in which the line between realty and fantasy begins to blur to the most extreme.

Director:

Jesús Franco (as Jess Franco)

Writers:

Jesús Franco (screenplay and adaptation), Josyane Gibert (dialogue) (as Josiane Gibert)
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Cast

Credited cast:
Diana Lorys ... Anna de Istria
Paul Muller ... Dr. Paul Lucas
Jack Taylor ... Cynthia's Lover
Colette Giacobine Colette Giacobine ... Cynthia Robins (as Colette Jack)
Andrea Montchal Andrea Montchal ... The Neighbour (as André Montchall)
Soledad Miranda ... Neighbour's Girlfriend (as Susan Korda)
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Bob Buchholz ... Cynthia's Lover (voice)
Dorothy Elias-Fahn ... Cynthia Robins (voice)
Grant George ... The Neighbour (voice)
Dave Mallow ... Dr. Paul Lucas (voice)
Cindy Robinson ... Anna de Istria (voice)
Philece Sampler ... Neighbour's Girlfriend (voice)
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Storyline

In Zagreb, the striper Anna de Istria works in a sleazy cabaret. She is seduced by the blonde Cynthia Robins that invites her to move to her house. Ana is disturbed by nightmares, where she kills a man with a spear, and Cynthia calls Dr. Paul Lucas to treat Ana. Meanwhile, a couple that lives in the house next door spies the movement in Cynthia's house. Written by Claudio Carvalho, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil

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An Erotic Nightmare See more »

Genres:

Crime | Drama | Horror

Certificate:

Not Rated | See all certifications »
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Country:

Liechtenstein

Language:

French

Release Date:

18 January 1973 (Belgium) See more »

Also Known As:

Nightmares Come at Night See more »

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Sound Mix:

Mono

Color:

Color (Eastmancolor)| Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.66 : 1
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Trivia

For years, it was considered a lost Jesús Franco film (after having played at a single theatre in Belgium in 1973). The film was eventually rediscovered in 2004. See more »

Goofs

When Anna is watching the couple dancing, the woman has a purple top on. Halfway through, it pans to Anna and then back to the couple, where the woman has a skin-color shirt on. Again panning back to Anna and then the couple, the woman has the purple shirt back on. See more »

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Remade as Night Has a Thousand Desires (1984) See more »

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Nightmares Come at Night
3 December 2008 | by Michael_ElliottSee all my reviews

Nightmares Come At Night (1970)

** 1/2 (out of 4)

A stripper named Anna (Diana Lorys) starts having nightmares that she's involved in some kind of murder but soon she realizes that these might not be nightmares but instead reality. This is Jess Franco's "lost" film, which was just discovered after nearly thirty years and while it's not one of his best, it does offer some nice touches. Lorys is quite good in the role as is Franco regular Paul Muller. The main key to Franco is his poetic eroticism, which comes off here as well as a nice jazz score by Daniel White. Soledad Miranda has a small but thankless role. As usual Franco fills the screen with beautiful, naked women as well as lesbian sex.


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