Tuesday, March 22, 2011

Nightmare Man (2006)

Nightmare Man

Written & Directed by Rolfe Kanefsky

Bill...Luciano Szafir
Ellen...Blythe Metz
Mia...Tiffany Shepis
Trinity...Hanna Putnam

Because they are having difficulty conceiving, Ellen and her husband Bill order an African fertility mask--presumably from Craigslist, or maybe FertilityMasks.com.  When it arrives, it is a much uglier visage than she imagined, and wants to be rid of it.  But it's much too late for that.  The mask has somehow taken ahold of her, and now every time she drifts off to sleep, she finds herself hunted in her dreams by a demonoid slasher known as the Nightmare Man.

Flash forward to an indeterminate point in the future, and the not-so-happy couple are en route to a mental hospital, where Ellen will be receiveing the care that she needs.  In typical slasher fashion, they suffer from car trouble and cellphone trouble simultaneously.  As Bill treks off to seek help, the Nightmare Man escapes from Ellen's dreams and into her reality.

Fleeing from her pursuer, Ellen seeks refuge in a secluded cabin housing four Pretty Young Persons, interrupting a game of erotic truth or dare.


Young attractive cast... in the woods... hunted by some supernatural stalker... no way to get to safety... no way to call for help...  How fucking original.  Despite a few minor tweaks in the equation, this is just another run-of-the-mill, B-grade slasher flick, pretty much like every other run-of-the-mill, B-grade slasher flick you've ever seen.  There are two certain "twists" about an hour in, but I had mostly figured out the first one before hand, so it didn't do much to keep me interested.  The second one was, admittedly, unexpected.  But so is biting into an apple and finding half of a worm.

If you took a knock off Nightmare on Elm Street, and strained it through a knock off The Screaming Skull, this is pretty much the result. 

Writer-Director Kanefsky does have a few (rather unknown) genre titles under his belt, but for the most part his background is in, shall we say, erotica.  A quick glance at his IMDB page turns up titilating titles such as Sex Files: Alien Erotica, The Erotic Misadventures of the Invisible Man, and Emmanuelle Vs. Dracula--so I suppose one could assume that his heart has always been in horror, even when the rest of him was in something (or someone) else.  On a technical level, Nightmare Man, wasn't bad, but creatively speaking, it just wasn't as good as it could have been.  Still, any movie with the delicious Ms. Shepis can't be all bad, can it?

Kanefsky posted a "director's statement" at the IMDB message board for the film, which I encourage you all to read by clicking HERE.  I respect him for sticking up for his work in an honest and calm fashion, and wish him the best in his future projects.

The End.
Rated R
89 Minutes
United States

"Fuckin' A! About time someone clocked that crazy bitch!

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