DEADLY DREAM (1971)
Article 2502 by Dave Sindelar
Viewing Date: 2-9-2008
Posting Date: 6-18-2008
Directed by Alf Kjellin
Featuring Lloyd Bridges, Janet Leigh, Carl Betz
A scientist working on a formula to spread the intelligence DNA finds himself plagued by nightmares in which he is pursued by a Tribunal intent on putting him on trial for his crimes. He begins to suspect that his dreams are real.
The science fiction element here is a Gizmo Maguffin, to begin with. This movie is essentially a fantasy about the nature of dreams and reality. This movie has a fairly high rating on IMDB, and I can see that; if the central concept that explains the movie is new to you, the movie has the potential to have a strong impact. If you’re already familiar with the concept, you might be less impressed. Me, I hit upon the concept early on in my own attempts to figure out where the plot would go, and so I really wasn’t surprised, and this rather marred my enjoyment of the movie. Make no mistake; I think the movie is good enough; I just think the whole thing could have been handled more efficiently in an episode of “The Twilight Zone”, and, who knows, maybe there was an episode that used the same concept.