NightScream

NightScream

NIGHTSCREAM is a classic TV thriller that’d fit somewhere between the Hallmark Channel and Lifetime in 1997. The acting is big, the cliffhangers are bigger, and the drama is turned up to the level of DAYS OF OUR LIVES, which is to say real high. There’s a nosy journalist, a greedy landowner, and a really crappy boyfriend. The plot, melodrama, and surreal dream sequences are pages ripped savagely from the TWIN PEAKS playbook. There’s even a Chris Isaak rip-off closing theme. Wicked game indeed. The cast is premium television: Teri Garr, Casper Van Dien (STARSHIP TROOPERS), and of course Candace Cameron. Pretty much every supporting actor has a very, very long string of TV appearances. In fact, if you turn on the TV right now, you’ll probably see someone who was in NIGHTSCREAM. Everyone’s face is vaguely familiar because they played that one guy on that one show. Except Teri Garr. She rules. And she’s sorely underused in this whole operation. So while Garr is pushed unfairly to the sidelines, Candace Cameron is doing her level best trying to convince us she’s not DJ Tanner. It’s not working, but I don’t care because NIGHTSCREAM is entertaining TV trash, the kind of stuff you’d watch when you were home from school because of strep. It’s a microwavable popcorn classic.

Read the full review by Annie Choi:
bleedingskull.com/nightscream-1997/