Dreamscape (1984)

We're back in the 80's! This time we take a trip into a disturbing atomic nightmare with Dennis Quaid, Kate Capshaw, and Max von Sydow in Dreamscape (1984), directed by Joseph Rubens, and written by David Loughery.

Featuring visual effects by Peter Kuran and makeup effects by Craig Reardon.

On this track we cover:

- 80's effects on a budget
- The problematic production
- How movies deal with dreams and the paranormal
- Peter Kuran and his company
- The so-called Dream People of Malaysia


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Participants: David Bjerre and Dennis Rosenfeld.
Day of recording: December 11th, 2012.
Version: Bluray or NTSC DVD
Movie runtime: 1:39:00


Help me Dennis, you're my only hope!

Max von Sydow. He played Ming the Merciless.

Kate Capshaw and Dennis Quaid.

Some Peter Kuran magic.

David Patrick Kelly as Tommy Ray.

"Can I blow your horn?" "Should I remove the towel first?"

When you grow up, you can divorce Meg Ryan too.

Craig Reardon jumps out the window. Oh, sorry, it's his Snakman who jumps in.

Finally some interesting cinematography.

Gorgeous Dreamscape sequence.

The nunchuck jumpcut.

The Snakeman vs. The President.


Cinefex No. 19, article by Adam Eisenberg
Cinefantastique Vol. 15, no. 2
Starlog No 81, article by Randy and Jean-Marc Lofficier
Fangoria No. 39, article by David Everitt


The Dream Master, by Roger Zelazny


Bluray extras.


Senoi Dream Theory, by G. William Domhoff. Link.

Why are Dreams so Weird? by Steven Novella. Link.

Scientists use brain imaging to reveal the movies in our mind. Link.

Magi and the History of Computer Animation. Link.

Art of the Title: The Thing. Link.

VCE Films. Link.

IMDb. Link.

Wikipedia. Link.

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