Snake Monsters and R.E.M.
Second Sight bring us an 80’s classic horror, adventure, in Dreamscape. Director Joseph Ruben (Sleeping with the Enemy) got together the stars of the time and put them in a world where your dreams are as much of a reality as when you are awake. The perils of R.E.M. At the time the effects were state of the art by John Eggett (Wakefield) they look dated now but that does not detract from the enjoyment of this film.
Alex Gardner (Dennis Quaid, Innerspace, The Day After Tomorrow) is a talented young man in that he is a psychic and can move objects with just the power of his mind. Under the tutelage of his mentor Doctor Paul Novotny (Max von Sydow, The Exorsist, Minority Report) he tries to improve his talents.
But Alex has his own agenda and leaves the doctor, aiming to improve his bank balance using his skill set at the bookies, but in doing so he has aroused the suspicions of local gangster/extortionist named Snead (Redmond Gleeson, Young Guns II: Blaze of Glory) who sends his goons to pick Alex up. At the same time two other men are after him for an academic institution and this is a far better offer than the goons are about to give him.
He finds himself back in the care of Dr Novotny who is now a government-funded psychic researcher. Novotny, aided by fellow scientist Dr. Jane DeVries (Kate Capshaw, Indiana Jones and the Temple of Doom), has developed a technique that allows psychics to voluntarily link with the minds of others by projecting themselves into the subconscious during REM sleep (in other words, while they are dreaming).
Alex joins Dr’s Novotny and DeVries in their project to help people with sleep disorders, but they all have a common enemy in Bob Blair (Christopher Plummer, A beautiful Mind, Up) a powerful government agent who wants to use the dreamscape project for nefarious uses.
The race is on for Alex to find out what Blair is up to and can it all be sorted out within the confines of the human psyche especially when there are two minds in there at the same time.
A classic 80’s Sci-Fi that needs to be in your collection.
•Restored version of new 2K scan
•Audio: DTS-HD Master Audio / PCM Uncompressed Stereo
•‘The Actor’s Journey’–Interview with Dennis Quaid
•‘Dreamscapes and Dreammakers’-Retrospective including interviews with Director Joseph Ruben, Co-Writer David Loughery, Actor David Patrick Kelly and other members of the Special Effects Team
•‘Nightmares and Dreamsnakes’–Looking back at the Snakeman with Craig Reardon, David Patrick, Kelley and others
•In-depth conversation between Producer Bruce Cohn Curtis and Co-Writer/Producer Chuck Russell
•Audio commentary with Bruce Cohn Curtis, David Loughery and Special Makeup artist Craig Reardon
•Snakeman Test Footage