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Dreamaniac (1986)

Not Rated | | Horror | 26 November 1986 (USA)
A heavy-metal musician makes a deal with a satanic succubus to make him successful with women, in return for the succubus being able to feed on the girls.


David DeCoteau


Helen Robinson


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Cast overview:
Thomas Bern Thomas Bern ... Adam
Ashlyn Gere ... Pat (as Kim McKamy)
Sylvia Summers Sylvia Summers ... Lily
Lauren Peterson ... Jodi
Bob Pelham Bob Pelham ... Jamie
Cynthia Crass Cynthia Crass ... Francis
Brad Laughlin Brad Laughlin ... Brad
Linda Denise Martin Linda Denise Martin ... Jan (as Linda Watts)
Matthew Phelps ... Foster
Lisa Emery ... Rosie
Michael Warren ... Ace
Brent Black Brent Black ... Doctor


A heavy-metal musician makes a deal with a satanic succubus to make him successful with women, in return for the succubus being able to feed on the girls.

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26 November 1986 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Dreamaniac - Sogno maniacale See more »


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$60,000 (estimated)
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Empire Pictures See more »
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David DeCoteau's directorial debut outside of the adult film industry. See more »


Rosie: Ahem, sorry to interrupt "kissy face," but like where's the phone?
Jodi: Oh, uh, there isn't one.
Rosie: Like that's a joke, right? I mean, what if I have to call my broker?
Jodi: Well, I'm sorry.
Rosie: [Rolling her eyes and drawing her words out] Mondo bad planning, Jodi. Geez.
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References Bewitched (1964) See more »


Performed by 45 Grave
Composed by Paul Cutler, Dinah Cancer, Don Bolles
Produced by Michael Wagener (of Double Trouble)
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Watchable but mediocre slasher trash fare
8 August 2010 | by BloodwankSee all my reviews

Dreamaniac was only my second viewing from the oeuvre of gay horror notable David DeCoteau, unless there are others that I've forgotten about. The first by the way was Puppetmaster 3: Toulon's Revenge, which is pretty great fun in the way that only a film with living puppets against Nazi's can be. This one though, sadly not so good. The film centres on a party gatecrashed by a kill happy succubus, but while there is a fair measure of potential interest in such a scenario the film opts for pretty much a generic slasher approach, livened in the final block by the introduction of zombies into the mix. Things kick off with mixed signals, a tilted camera watches a naked man walk down a pink lit hallway into a shower where he meets a bloody naked lass who sets about some brief clawing. Its intriguing enough, and the brief shot of bloody boobs is a definite plus, but on the other hand it does set up the films cheese, rampant 80's-ness and interest in male flesh. The film gets quickly into the party which occupies the rest of the runtime and here starts to sink into a disinterested fug of not all that much worth. We get plenty of horny youngsters, liberal doses of bitchy lines, unsatisfying sex and occasional killing, the killing steadily ramping up in regularity as things go on. The sex is unsatisfactory on two fronts, for one it's often interrupted either by other party goers or death, and for seconds we see a good deal of bare male chests, guys in just their pants and so on but no tits and ass or even male genitals. Wangs on display aren't even my kettle of piranhas but they might have given the scenes a bit more of an impact. Probably the most notable example of visual man love is an electrocution in which the camera gazes up at a guys tight Y-fronts as he expires, not really my kettle of fish like I said but it did make me chuckle. As far as the slaughter goes, there's more light blood spray than there is gore, though there are maybe two or three nice cheap gore shots in the last half hour including inspired use of a drill. This isn't the sort of film where any viewers are likely to be bothered about acting, characterisation and whatnot, but probably worth mentioning that Sylvia Summers (who?) does a nice enough job as the murderous demon, very much an 80's looking gal with trashy appeal and a suitably compelling lowbrow presence. Also, the female lead is played by Ashlyn Gere (credited as Kim McKamy), who went on to a successful porno career and also starred in another junky late 80's horror, the backwoods cannibal joint Lunch Meat. As well as being a fine looking lass she also contributes probably the best performance of the cast and it seems almost a shame that she departed the realms of genre cinema, but then I've never seen any of her adult work so it may well be inspiring stuff. Finally, the end of this one is pretty much nonsensical, somewhere between a giggle and a face-palm, people who dig idiotic endings will likely get a smile or two out of it. Altogether, this ain't really worth watching unless you absolutely have to see every crappy 80's horror out there or you really dig DeCoteau films. Still, its far from the worst out there, definitely better than a poke in the eye with a wet stick. See it if you must, but leagues away from essential.

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