Beyond Dream's Door (1989 film)

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"It takes its victims and hides them in your nightmares!" A student's nightmares come back to haunt him and his friends in this psychological/supernatural horror film.


  • Release Date: 1989
  • Country/Language: US, English
  • Genres/Technical: Fantasy, Horror, Thriller
  • Setting: 1980s USA and Dreamlands
  • Runtime: 1 hr 20 min
  • Starring: Nick Baldasare, Jorge Aguirre, Dianna Ashton
  • Director: Jay Woelfel
  • Writer: Jay Woelfel
  • Producer/Production Co: Panorama Entertainment
  • View Trailer: (link)


MPAA Ratings

  • Rated: (not rated) (probably equivalent to PG-13 for Violence, brief Nudity, and possibly Profanity and Adult Content)

Tentacle Ratings

A rough measure of how "Lovecraftian" the work is:

  • S____ (One Tentacle: Debateably Lovecraftian; has almost no direct connection to Lovecraft's work)

Apparently the only thing "Lovecraftian" about this film is the way it runs on nightmare logic; it shares a surreal dream-logic aspect in common with films categorized by "Eldritch Location", though it's more literally and explicitly a state of mind than a location in this particular film than usual for that type of film. With a little stretching, the dream-monster could be interpreted as a Nightgaunt.

Note: This rating is not intended as a measure of quality, merely of how closely related to Lovecraftian "Weird" fiction the work is.


Review Links:

  • Dan Caps at Horror News dotnet, (link) - "If you’re one of those who think they can see deep, thought provoking themes and messages within films then this will probably be right up your alley and you’ll come up with all sorts of wonderful 'interpretations'. For those who want to be entertained by a good script, horror and actual acting, look elsewhere."
  • Horror-Movie-a-Day, (link) - "I was just sort of charmed by seeing an indie horror film that was unique and creative... Beyond Dream’s Door may not be a slam dunk, but it was a step in the right direction – unlike these modern efforts, the film's faults lie largely with a dearth of resources, not creativity."


 Spoiler Section (Highlight to Read)

Nightmares bring a college student to his dream-girl double in a house of living dead.


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Keeper Notes

  • Investigators are asked to help out after a psychology student begins having strange nightmares similar to those of a student who committed suicide several years before, and students who have been helping him have turned up dead.