DAY OF THE NIGHTMARE (1965)
Article 3363 by Dave Sindelar
Viewing Date: 9-16-2010
Posting Date: 10-29-2010
Directed by John A. Bushelman
Featuring John Ireland, Beverly Bain, Cliff Fields
What it is: Psycho-killer, sleazy style
A tortured artist is under suspicion for the murder of a model. Meanwhile, his wife is being terrorized by a strange woman in sunglasses.
The second I saw the woman in the sunglasses, I pretty much knew the general arc of the story, and nothing the movie did from that moment on surprised me. In place of coming up with an interesting variant to a familiar story, the movie fills itself with sleaze (lots of topless women), plays up the artist’s sexual hangups (among other things, he’s into sadism and voyeurism; he pays women to make out in front of him while he breaks down in tears from shame and guilt) caused by having witnessed his mother making love to a man other than her husband. Some plot descriptions of this one talk about a woman coming back from the dead, though I didn’t see notice anything to support that story line, but then, the movie is just muddled enough that maybe it just failed to clearly establish that the woman in the sunglasses was supposed to be dead. Unless you’re into sleaze or find the sexual hang-ups fascinating (I find them silly and overdone here), there will be little to hold your interest.