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Time Out says

Jean's second feature (after Leon the Pig Farmer) is pitched somewhere between a psychological thriller and an out-and-out horror movie. In his cell, thanks to Dr Hurley's mind-control drug experiments, 'Bone Man' Allen amuses himself as a dream-invading serial killer. Alerted by a string of suicides at the block of flats where Hurley lives, cynical cop Fairbrass soon realises that she's been experimenting on herself too. Sucked into a dream world where reality and illusion blur, Fairbrass must confront not only his old criminal nemesis, but the guilty memories lurking in his unconscious. The film ends with a brutal punch-up in which Fairbrass finally faces the seemingly indestructible Allen. Like the film as a whole, this scene is skilfully shot, creatively designed and well edited - but it also undermines the story's premise, that the killer's power now lies in his ability to manipulate the unconscious rather then to punish the flesh.
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Release details

UK release:

1994

Duration:

95 mins

Cast and crew

Director:

Vadim Jean

Cast:

Georgina Hale, Jesse Birdsall, Anita Dobson, Keith Allen, Elizabeth Hurley, Craig Fairbrass, Craig Kelly

Music:

David Hughes

Production Designer:

James Helps

Editor:

Liz Webber

Cinematography:

Gavin Finney

Screenwriter:

Vadim Jean, Rob Walker

Producer:

Paul Brooks

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