21 July 2024
Nightmare in a Damaged Brain (1981)
96 min.
Directed by Romano Scavolini.
With Baird Stafford, Sharon Smith, C.J. Cooke, Danny Ronen, Mik Cribben.
Gloriously bloody, but generally ineffectual horror.

Supposedly rehabilitated, dangerous schizophrenic George Tatum (Stafford) is let loose upon the free world to begin life anew.

But it's not long before pathetic George finds he doesn't fit in with society at large...he can't help himself...he must...kill once more!

Seems a disturbing childhood trauma drives our troubled protagonist to hack..and hack...and hack.

Rather poorly paced and too episodic for its own good, Nightmare is hampered by subpar acting all around, and never really rises to the challenge of being memorable.

The splatter ratio is passable though, including a nasty neck slicing, a few mean hatchet jobs as well as a vicious hammer jab attack in the back.

And an inconclusive setup ending caps the action.

Also known either as simply Nightmare or as Blood Splash.

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