My Brother has Bad Dreams (1972)

aka Scream Bloody Murder
Article 2791 by Dave Sindelar
Viewing Date: 12-28-2008
Posting Date: 4-4-2009
Directed by Robert J. Emery
Featuring Paul Vincent, Marlena Lustik, Paul Ecenia
Country: USA

A man, traumatized and disturbed by having witnessed his mother’s murder by his father when he was a child, is under the care of his older sister. When he brings home a motorcyclist he’s befriended, his sister strikes up a romance with his new friend. However, this leads to the brother’s disturbance bubbling to the surface…

First of all, let’s clear up a bit of confusion. This movie entered my hunt list under the title SCREAM BLOODY MURDER. The plot description my source gives involves a boy who becomes a killer after losing his hand when he ran over his father with a tractor. Now, this movie certainly exists (I have a copy of it), but my source then lists the cast for THIS movie rather than for that one, and since I use the cast credits to help decide which movie to pick when there’s some confusion, it is this one I added to my list. I just wish to point out that there are two movies from the early seventies that carry this title.

As for this movie… well, it’s one of those movies that you can see where it’s going fairly early on, and then takes far too long to get there. So unless you’re really fascinated by some lame nightmare footage, or find the incestuous desire for his sister or his fetishistic fascination with mannequins or his desire to keep his mother’s wheelchair around or his relationship with the mailman to make for compelling cinema, you’re in for a long, tiresome stretch ahead. And once the event you know is going to happen happens, the movie doesn’t have anywhere to go and it takes a good stretch of time getting there, thanks to a gratuitous and dull police chase and a head-scratching ending. There’s a plot twist about the murder of the mother as well, but it’s hardly an earth-shaker. All in all, this is a fairly lame psycho killer movie.


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