Arrow Films

A young bride-to-be’s anxieties over her upcoming wedding take on a horrifying, demonic form in this underseen 1988 “rubber reality” shocker from director/co-writer Harley Cokeliss (Black Moon Rising), starring Timothy Spall and Jemma Redgrave.

As her marriage to decorated war hero Oliver draws near, well-heeled Diana moves into her sprawling new London home where she starts to experience strange and terrifying nightmares. But are these blood-curdling night terrors merely the symptom of an unsettled mind, or the sign of something far sinister at work? Hounded by a pair of sleazy journalists (Timothy Spall and Jimmy Nail), Diana soon crosses paths with American tourist Jenny, who appears to have a strange connection to the foreboding house and its sinister past. 

Long dormant on home media since its original VHS release, Dream Demon - a terrific blend of psychological horror and late 80s practical gore effects - has at long-last been stirred from its analogue slumber and arrives on Blu-ray, newly-restored from the original camera negative and in a brand new Director’s Cut! 

Special Features

  • Brand new 2K restoration from the original camera negative, supervised and approved by director Harley Cokeliss 
  • Director’s Cut and Original Theatrical Version
  • High Definition Blu-ray (1080p) presentation 
  • Original uncompressed stereo audio 
  • Optional English subtitles for the deaf and hard of hearing 
  • Brand new scene-select audio commentary with director Harley Cokeliss and producer Paul Webster
  • Newly-filmed interview with director Harley Cokeliss
  • Newly-filmed interview with producer Paul Webster 
  • Newly-filmed interview with actress Jemma Redgrave 
  • Newly-filmed interview with actor Mark Greenstreet 
  • Newly-filmed interview with actor Nickolas Grace
  • Newly-filmed interview with actress Annabelle Lanyon 
  • Newly-filmed interview with composer Bill Nelson 
  • Foundations of Nightmare: The Making of Dream Demon - contemporary documentary taking a look behind the scenes of the production of Dream Demon, featuring on-set interviews with director Harley Cokeliss, producer Paul Webster, actors Timothy Spall, Jemma Redgrave, Kathleen Wilhoite, composer Bill Nelson and many more
  • Image Galleries
  • Original Theatrical Trailer 
  • Reversible sleeve featuring original and newly-commissioned artwork by Christopher Shy
studio:
Arrow Video
Run Time:
86 mins approx
Director:
Harley Cokeliss
Certificate:
18
Actor:
Jemma Redgrave

Kathleen Wilhoite

Timothy Spall
Subtitle Languages:
English SDH
Theatrical Release Year:
1988
Main Language:
English
Number of Discs:
1
Region:
B
Brand:
Arrow Video

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Arrow Films

A young bride-to-be’s anxieties over her upcoming wedding take on a horrifying, demonic form in this underseen 1988 “rubber reality” shocker from director/co-writer Harley Cokeliss (Black Moon Rising), starring Timothy Spall and Jemma Redgrave.

As her marriage to decorated war hero Oliver draws near, well-heeled Diana moves into her sprawling new London home where she starts to experience strange and terrifying nightmares. But are these blood-curdling night terrors merely the symptom of an unsettled mind, or the sign of something far sinister at work? Hounded by a pair of sleazy journalists (Timothy Spall and Jimmy Nail), Diana soon crosses paths with American tourist Jenny, who appears to have a strange connection to the foreboding house and its sinister past. 

Long dormant on home media since its original VHS release, Dream Demon - a terrific blend of psychological horror and late 80s practical gore effects - has at long-last been stirred from its analogue slumber and arrives on Blu-ray, newly-restored from the original camera negative and in a brand new Director’s Cut! 

Special Features

  • Brand new 2K restoration from the original camera negative, supervised and approved by director Harley Cokeliss 
  • Director’s Cut and Original Theatrical Version
  • High Definition Blu-ray (1080p) presentation 
  • Original uncompressed stereo audio 
  • Optional English subtitles for the deaf and hard of hearing 
  • Brand new scene-select audio commentary with director Harley Cokeliss and producer Paul Webster
  • Newly-filmed interview with director Harley Cokeliss
  • Newly-filmed interview with producer Paul Webster 
  • Newly-filmed interview with actress Jemma Redgrave 
  • Newly-filmed interview with actor Mark Greenstreet 
  • Newly-filmed interview with actor Nickolas Grace
  • Newly-filmed interview with actress Annabelle Lanyon 
  • Newly-filmed interview with composer Bill Nelson 
  • Foundations of Nightmare: The Making of Dream Demon - contemporary documentary taking a look behind the scenes of the production of Dream Demon, featuring on-set interviews with director Harley Cokeliss, producer Paul Webster, actors Timothy Spall, Jemma Redgrave, Kathleen Wilhoite, composer Bill Nelson and many more
  • Image Galleries
  • Original Theatrical Trailer 
  • Reversible sleeve featuring original and newly-commissioned artwork by Christopher Shy
studio:
Arrow Video
Run Time:
86 mins approx
Director:
Harley Cokeliss
Certificate:
18
Actor:
Jemma Redgrave

Kathleen Wilhoite

Timothy Spall
Subtitle Languages:
English SDH
Theatrical Release Year:
1988
Main Language:
English
Number of Discs:
1
Region:
B
Brand:
Arrow Video

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Audacious, eye-poppingly eccentric, brain-fizzingly bonkers 80s Brit-Horror!

It might be strongly argued that one of the more unique British Genre films produced in horror's heady 1980s heyday was imaginative writer/director Harley Cokeliss's demonically eccentric, visually inventive, playfully outlandish, generously practical Fx-laden, deliciously unpredictable 'Dream Demon' that proved to be a Big Box VHS knockout horror-hit upon its initial release, but, sadly, the grisly, gut-churning shocker slipped into relative obscurity, and the luminous, considerably more than welcome Arrow Video 2K restoration highlighting many of the nightmare-inducing film's eye-poppingly audacious, brain-fizzingly bonkers set-pieces, and pleasingly exposing a wickedly warped wealth of devilish detail once lost in the frightful fug of fuzzy analogue video. Prim, beautiful upwardly docile Diana (Jemma Redgrave) is sheltered, privileged, overly timorous young debutante anxiously awaiting her marriage to no less picture perfect war hero partner Oliver (Mark Greenstreet) who, perhaps, hides a nefarious secret to rival that of the ominous abode Diana has been given by her wealthy socialite parents. The wonderfully torrid text by talented Hammer alumnus Christopher Wicking & Harley Cokeliss is a zesty, neo-Gothic delight, boldly eschewing most of the misogynistic stalk and slash tropes for a richly maniacal mine of mentally tormented maleficence! The giddy grand Guignol grandeur of 'Dream Demon' succeeds where all too many other low-budget Horror Films fail, being more imaginative, and forward-thinking, not merely utilizing talented actors Kathleen Wilhoite, and Jemma Redgrave as mere glamorous knife-fodder, but as spirited, 3-dimensional characters one can empathize with, their greatly imperilled, demon-infested journey of Diana & Jenny ( Kathleen Wilhoite) making for a deeper, more rewarding experience than e might initially expect. While 'Dream Demon' clearly gleans a smidgen of inspiration from 'Nightmare on Elm Street, and 'Bad Dreams' it expresses a searingly sinister singularity all of its own, in an increasingly monotonous era of enervating jump-scares, and tawdrily uninspired horror remakes, its majestically malign lustre shines ever brighter today! 

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