|DREAM NO EVIL (director/writer: John Hayes; cinematographer: Paul Hipp; editor: Luke Porano; music: Jaime Mendoza-Nava; cast: Brooke Mills (Grace MacDonald), Paul Prokop (Patrick), Michael Pataki (Rev. Jesse Bundy), Edmond O'Brien (Timothy MacDonald, Grace's father), Marc Lawrence (Pimp/Undertaker), Arthur Franz (Psychiatrist), D.J. Anderson (Shirley); Runtime: 93; MPAA Rating: R; producers: Daniel Cady/John Hayes; Star Classics; 1970)|
|"A low-budget horror story
directed as an exploitation film by John
by Dennis Schwartz
low-budget horror story directed as an exploitation
film by John Hayes ("End of the
World"/"Grave of the Vampire"/"Jailbait Babysitter").
MacDonald (Brooke Mills) is an unbalanced young adult
in search of her missing father Timothy (Edmond
O'Brien). The lost soul grew up in an orphanage. She
now works at a strange theatrical job, whereby she
assists Reverend Jesse Bundy (Michael
Pataki) in his traveling revival
show by diving off 30-foot towers. When Grace
discovers dad in the morgue, he comes to life on the
embalming table and goes on with life as a vulgar,
drunk, squeeze-box playing Irishman.
unhinged Grace, lost in a make-believe fantasy world,
starts killing people with such tools as an axe, a
knife and a scythe. The great character actor Arthur
Franz plays a shrink, who is given the
task of explaining things.
narrator gleefully relates this creepy surreal horror
significant cast members include Marc
Lawrence as a pimp and
undertaker. The film's real surprise is that quality
actors such as O'Brien, Lawrence and Franz are in such
a crappy film.
REVIEWED ON 2/3/2015 GRADE: C
Dennis Schwartz: "Ozus' World Movie Reviews"
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