Bad Dreams

Synopsis: In the mid-'70s, a cult group called Unity Field commits mass suicide, but a young girl survives. After being in a coma for thirteen years she wakes up in a psyche ward, not remembering the incident. The psychiatrist tries to help her remember, but she begins seeing the leader of the cult talking to her from the grave, and the other members of her therapy group begin to commit suicide around her. Or is it suicide?
Genre: Horror, Thriller
Director(s): Andrew Fleming
Production: Anchor Bay Entertainment
Rotten Tomatoes:
80 min

# Time has come today #

# Young hearts can go that way#

You ok, Cynth?

I mean, if you don't

want to do this,

You don't have to. That's

okay. Right, Harris?

No, Victor.

I say to you all now...

To all of you...

That this will be

the ultimate joining.

Of man...

And woman.


And child.


And Godhead.



There's no shame,

no sin. No guilt.

It's just the final break

with the old world.

As night falls, a

new day begins.

A day of unity.

You belong to

us forever.

Come to me,

my lovechild.

Come to eternal bliss.

Get it around the other side.

Just keep back please, thank you!

Stay back!

What have we got?

Twenty-four bodies,

Inspector. Maybe more.

Cause of fire?

Some kind of explosion.

Gas main, methane,

it's too soon to tell.

We got a survivor, get

a stretcher up here!

Sue Vaughn, with Channel 5.

Is there any I.D. on her?

What is her name?

One question, please!

Channel 5, Sue Vaughn.

Get outta here!

We have been told that Franklin

Harris is among the dead.

We are Channel 5,

live at the spot.


Harris says something's

gonna come down...

Something heavy.

Life and death are simply

different states of being.

You just cross into

the next state.

Death is just this

really beautiful trip.

It's a great thing.

I can't wait.

You're afraid, Cynthia.

He put his hand

over a flame.


He burns for our sins.

One spirit, one will.

I could kill you right

now, couldn't I?

You could.

But I won't.

Scared of Harris?

You can't escape.

Harris loves you, brother.

If I kill you, it's

because I love you.

Come to me, Cynthia.

Now. Now. Now. Now.

Now! Now! Now! Now!

You know I'll find you.


How long has she

been in this coma?

Thirteen years, five

months, nine days.

Is that like, a, uh, world

record for a coma or something?

No, apparently the longest on

record is thirty-seven years.

Does she remember anything

about the fire at Unity Fields?

No, she appears to have no

memory of the accident itself

or of the days

leading up to it.

That is not uncommon

after serious trauma.

But what happens to her now?

Have they notified her

family or friends?

We stopped looking

for family years ago.

What kind of doctor

did you say you were?

I'm a psychiatrist.

What's a psychiatrist?

Well, a psychiatrist

is, uh...

Psyche, from the

Greek, means mind,

and chiatre is to heal.

So, uh, psychiatrist

is "mind healer. "

Anyway, that's the idea.

You've been out of touch

for so long that, uh...

It's more than your muscle

tone that needs exercise.

Anyway, I have an assistant

named Dr. Carmen, and he

has a group therapy session

that meets every day.

I've enrolled you in

it starting tomorrow.

Well, I guess we

can get started.

Hello, Cynthia.

- Hi.

- Welcome. I'm- People, please?

So I'm Dr. Carmen, and I'd like

to welcome you to our little group.

I don't know how much

Dr. Berrisford has told you

about my methods; I

have my detractors.

I have my successes

too, Cynthia.

There was a hummingbird that was

just sitting out by

the little flower and-

There's a lot of

love in this room.

We're gonna get you

out of your neurosis.

We're gonna get you

out of your depression.

We're gonna get you out of that

mint green thing you're wearing

and into a flimsy negligee. We're

gonna pour water on the front.

Cynthia, I see us

on a desert isle.

You, me, a portable water

bed, it's beautiful.

Are you there? Are you

there with me? it's beautiful.

There's the sun, there's the

island, there's the water bed.

Ralph. Cut the sh*t.

Get out of my chair.

I was on the verge here of a major

breakthrough and you just blew it.

Ralph, the only thing you were

on the verge of was bad taste.

Sit down.

Cynthia, I'm Dr. Carmen. And I

doubt if my welcome can equal

Ralph's, but I'll try.

This is the borderline

personality group.


What is a borderline personality?

A borderline personality

is when, it, um...

Well, borders on two very

overused categories:

Psychotic, and neurotic.

- He's making this up.

- Go back to where you came from.

Go back to your


He has touched you.

He will take you.

Thank you, Gilda.

As a personality syndrome, we've been

exploring it for the

past couple of years.

It includes identity crisis, um...

Chemical addiction,

emotionalism, neuroses.

You forgot something.

Violent mood swings!

We're only violent when it's

absolutely necessary.

If we're just about

finished, I think we-

But we're not finished, Dr.

Carmen, and they will not

be finished until they make her

feel as miserable and pathetic

and confused

as they are.

I am confused.

You see? I hope you're all very happy.

- Honey, honey, please-

- Abe, not here, please!

I thought we decided no touching

in front of other people.

You decided that. I

didn't decide that.

You can't just do that

to me when I need

to touch you, you can't do it to me,

You can't, you

can't, you can't!


- The crazy crew.

- Crazy? You said today's secret word.

There are no secrets here.

Excuse me, Dr. Carmen...

Um, I don't think I fit your

description of a personality.

You don't belong here.

You're not one of us.

Didn't Dr. Berrisford

explain why you're here?

He said that he thought that this

would help me fit into the eighties.

You want to fit into the eighties,

you're at least two divorces,

a condo, and a yeast

infection behind the times.

Why don't you just stick to the

seventies and move to Cleveland?

If I can offer a more

practical suggestion,

- Why don't you just talk?

- Talk?

About something

close to you.

Why don't you just quit f***ing

beating around the bush and ask her?

Just ask her!

- Do you have to be so crude?

- Shut up.

Come on, Cynthia, dish out the dirt.

Tell us about the commune.

You know, the last gasp of

the age of Aquarius.

Building a better future

on what? Chemistry?

Good vibrations?

Tie-dyeing your undies?

Don't talk to her. She's a reporter.

She writes stories about Elvis

zombies from outer space.

They were from Atlantis.

I had pictures.

Shut up. Just tell us

about the orgies, Cynthia.

- She was a child at the time.

- So?

I'm sorry, I do not have

any stories like that.

But I will tell you what

I do remember.

What we felt.

What we believed was that if people

could become selfless enough,

if they could free themselves

from their egos,

They would experience a

kind of togetherness.

A oneness. A Unity. That is

where the name came from.

We had a dream about a perfect

society based on love and trust.

We weren't trying to change the world,

we were just trying to love each other

as much as we could.



It's not bullshit!

It's beautiful. it's

beautiful. It's not bullshit.

No! It's not bullshit!

it's beautiful. It's not bullshit.

Lana hasn't spoken to anyone

for three weeks, and now

love, peace, and Woodstock.

Am I missing something?

Yeah. She's espousing a

total belief system, Cynthia is.

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Andrew Fleming

Andrew Fleming (born March 14, 1963) is an American film and television director and screenwriter. He directed and wrote or co-wrote the films Bad Dreams, Threesome, The Craft, Dick, Nancy Drew, Hamlet 2, Barefoot, and Ideal Home. He also directed, without writing, the 2003 film The In-Laws. He has also directed episodes of the television series Arrested Development and Grosse Pointe, among others. He studied filmmaking at New York University film school. more…

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