Nightmare


1h 23m 1964

Brief Synopsis

Janet is a young student at a private school; her nights are troubled by horrible dreams in which she sees her mother, who is in fact locked in an insane asylum, haunting her. Expelled because of her persistent nightmares, Janet is sent home where the nightmares continue.

Film Details

Also Known As
Here's the Knife, Dear: Now Use It
Release Date
Jan 1964
Premiere Information
Chicago opening: 8 May 1964
Production Company
Hammer Film Productions, Ltd.
Distribution Company
Universal Pictures
Country
United Kingdom

Technical Specs

Duration
1h 23m
Sound
Mono
Color
Black and White
Theatrical Aspect Ratio
2.35 : 1

Synopsis

Janet, a girl at finishing school who 6 years ago saw her mother stab her father to death, is plagued by nightmares. (Her mother, following the tragedy, was committed to an asylum.) Miss Lewis, a teacher, takes Janet home; and in the absence of Henry Baxter, Janet's guardian, they are met by John (the chauffeur), Mrs. Gibbs (the housekeeper), and Grace Maddox (an attractive nurse-companion hired by Henry). Miss Lewis leaves Janet in Grace's care. The nightmares continue: a white-shrouded woman roams the corridors, inviting Janet to burst into her parents' room where she finds the same woman on the bed with a knife in her chest. When Henry returns he finds Janet under sedation; her doctors recommend psychiatric care; but he refuses, and Janet tries to commit suicide. Henry's wife comes to tea, and because she seems to be the woman in Janet's nightmares, Janet stabs the woman to death and is promptly committed to an institution. The woman in white is revealed to be Grace, disguised with a wig and mask and in cahoots with Henry. They marry, but Grace begins believing that Henry is trying to drive her mad. Under the impression that Janet has escaped from the asylum, Grace stabs Henry to death, expecting Janet to be blamed. Janet, however, never left the asylum, and Grace is brought to justice.

Film Details

Also Known As
Here's the Knife, Dear: Now Use It
Release Date
Jan 1964
Premiere Information
Chicago opening: 8 May 1964
Production Company
Hammer Film Productions, Ltd.
Distribution Company
Universal Pictures
Country
United Kingdom

Technical Specs

Duration
1h 23m
Sound
Mono
Color
Black and White
Theatrical Aspect Ratio
2.35 : 1

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Notes

Released in Great Britain in May 1964; running time: 82 min. The working title of this film is Here's the Knife, Dear: Now Use It.