Title: Dreamaniac

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Year: 1986

Genre: Horror / Supernatural

Language: English

Runtime: 82 min

Director: David DeCoteau

Writer: Helen Robinson

IMDb: http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0124442/

Adam, an aspiring heavy metal musician, is doing a bit of house sitting while he works on the lyrics for his songs. To help with his lyrics, he reads from a book filled with satanic rituals and even goes as far as to practice one of them. The ritual causes Adam to summon a succubus, who promises to fulfill any desires he has, as long as he helps her feed on the party guests that are coming over tonight.

Our thoughts:
What's worse than watching a bad movie once? Watching it twice because you can't remember a thing about it from the first time. Produced by Wizard Video, this SOV 80's gem (if you can call it that) marks director David DeCoteau's departure from adult movies ("New Wave Hustlers" anyone?) to b-movie fame. Which was rather surprising, since he's gone on to direct a number of straight-to-video features, some of which are personal favorites of mine, ("Creepozoids", "Sorority Babes In The Slimeball Bowl-o-Rama") even though his stepping stone into horror, "Dreamaniac", is pretty terrible. Even for an 80's SOV title.

One of the reasons why shot-on-video titles acquire a fan base is for the fact they are few of the truly independent films, which means you may actually stand a chance of getting to view something different. Cheap 'n cheesy, but different still. "Dreamaniac" features the typical setup of Idiot #1 reading from an old book that releases an evil spirit, while the rest of the idiots that occupy the house are picked off one by one. What I'm still scratching my head over is the fact that reason the people are in the house is because it's a party being thrown for a sorority so a pledge stands the chance of getting into said sorority. Apparently though this sorority is made up of about five girls who bring their boyfriends along...Five? Really? I'd seriously question wanting to join a sorority if there are only 5 members, all of whom are complete bitches. Well, in what movies are they not complete bitches?...Since these are college kids that means they're up to their usual shenanigans of drinking, eating, and sex. The evil succubus isolates the party goers by seducing the men to go to a private part of the house where she kills them. Which in turn leaves the women alone and she, of course, comes back to kill them too. This scenario is repeated through out the entire movie for each party guest, that way incase the redundant story setup didn't kill the movie for you. Then these repeated scenes where the only thing that changes are the inept character and how they die, will.

The only thing that could have saved this unbearably dull movie would be the sex and death scenes, but alas, they don't. The sex scenes tantamount to nothing more than a heavy make out session, with what appears to be our characters practicing animal-like grooming techniques. To make things worse, the movie focuses more on getting the men down to their skibbies rather than the ladies. Which is about the only thing that's done differently in the movie. As a guy, it's grossly unappealing. For the female viewers, well I can't imagine it really doing anything for them, even if they were watching it back in the 80's. As far as the death scenes go, they come too little too late. While the body count is reasonable, the death scenes themselves are the equivalent of vanilla flavoring, mildly satisfying but still bland. There are only about two scenes in "Dreamaniac" that are any good, one involves a ski pole, the other involves a drill. By the time these two scenes roll around you'll be busy with having your face buried in your hands screaming, "Please god, just end already!"

The movie tries to throw in some humor but like everything else in the movie, it doesn't work. Ontop of that, because the movie is so damn dull and boring, there are very few unintentional funny moments that may get a chuckle out of you. I know I repeated myself quite a bit, but I cannot stress enough how incredibly boring this movie is. It really seems like every part of the production of "Dreamaniac" was phoned in from the story to the characters, down to the cinematography and music. Not to mention everything in between.

Positive things:
- Nice use of a drill and ski pole.
- Is slowly becoming a forgotten title.
Negative things:
- Is perpetually dull.
- The movie even manages to lack in the unintentionally funny department.
- Focus too much on the beefcakes and not enough on the cheesecakes.
- Having a bad-typical horror ending, then following that up with a twist ending that's even worse, and then following that up with another twist ending that's even worse. Yes, the movie ends three different times.

Gore: 2.5/5
Nudity: 0.5/5
Story: 2/5
Effects: 2/5
Comedy: 2/5

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