Tobe Hooper's Nightmare / Living Nightmare
Canada, Egypt, USA 1993
Harry Alan Towers, Yoram Globus (executive), Christopher Pearce (executive) for Global Pictures
directed by Tobe Hooper
starring Zoe Trilling, Robert Englund, Alona Kimhi, Juliano Mer, Chandra West, William Finley, Irit Sheleg, Niv Cohen, Doron Barbi, David Menachem, Jonathan Cherchi, Howard Ripp, Zachi Noy, Ya'ackov Banai, Joel Drori, Uri Gavriel, Joseph Shiloach, Moti Bootbool, Tamar Shamir, Babi Neeman, Daniel Matmor, Dimitri Phillips, Shmuel Omani, Dov Ben, Dudi Cohen, Gregory Tal, Adam Zilberman, Didi Lukov, Shmuel Aizer, Ritcho Ben-Zur, Charlie Buzaglo, Atzmon Itshak, Liz Gachima, Amiram Gavriel, Racheli Hanig
written by Rom Globus, Daniel Matmor, music by Dov Seltzer
Marquis De Sade
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Young Genie (Zoe Trilling) comes to Alexandria, Egypt, to spend time
with her archeologist father (William Finley), but before you know it, he
is called away to a dig and she, left on her own, on one hand makes the
acquaintance of a handsome beduin, Mahmoud (Juliano Mer), whom she shags
in almost no time, on the other hand she befriends Sabina (Alona Kimhi), a
woman of the local diplomatic circle who takes her to party after party,
and with time the parties begin to more and more resemble orgies. And
Sabina introduces Genie to the works of the Marquis De Sade (horribly
played by Robert Englund in flashbacks).
Then Genie's best friend (Chandra West) and her maid (Irit Sheleg) are
murdered, which drives her right into the arms of Sabina, and lesbian sex
follows. But wait, Sabina is actually the consort of Paul Chevalier
(Robert Englund again, not quite as horrible but still far from good), a
descentdant of the Marquis De Sade, and they plan to use Genie as a
sacrifice or something, as some sort of Gnostic ritual. But that's not
all, Genie's dad had dug up the Gnostic Holy of Holies, so Paul had him
killed by Mahmoud - who is really also one of the baddies - just to get
his hands on the Holy of Holies ... which turns out to be nothing but
Then in a finale, everybody kills everybody, and with his dieing
breath, Chevalier tries to kill Genie too ... but her maid actually was
one of the real Gnostics who now go after Chevalier and kill him, saving
our good heroine ...
Oh boy, it's hard to believe that this piece of utter trash was
directed by the same man who directed the ingenious Texas
Chainsaw Massacre !!! It's a badly scripted mishmash of a softcore
sex film set in exotic locale and a horror film of sorts that has as
little to do with the philosphy of the Marquis De Sade as it does with the
actual Gnostics, the whole background story seems to just have been made
up on the spot, and oh boy does it suck.
Having said that, for me, Night Terrors is a guilty pleasure, it's so
trashy it's almost endearing, the story is so far-out one can't help but
laugh his way through the film, Robert Englund's performance is so
atrociously over-the-top it's utterly hilarious (if for all the wrong reasons) and is
only beaten by his godawful make-up (what were they thinking), and then
there's of course Zoe Trilling, who might not be the best actress around,
but she does get naked frequently or at least wears very revealing
outfits, and boy, is she hot hot hot !!!