Cult TV

Cult Television Essentials: Nightmares and Dreamscapes

Nightmares & Dreamscapes is a short story collection by Stephen King published in 1993. It was turned into a eight-episode anthology series on TNT . It debuted on July 12, 2006, and ended its run on August 2, 2006. Although most of them are from the collection of the same name, there are some stories from different collections by King. The series was filmed entirely in Melbourne, Australia.

Episode Guide

# Title Director Original airdate Synopsis
1 “Battleground” Brian Henson July 12, 2006 A professional hit man (William Hurt) receives a package of sinister toy soldiers after killing the CEO of a toy company.
2 “Crouch End” Mark Haber July 12, 2006 A newlywed couple (Claire Forlani, Eion Bailey) goes honeymooning in London only to get lost in Crouch End, a notorious town that may be a portal to another dimension.
3 “Umney’s Last Case” Rob Bowman July 19, 2006 After the death of his son, a writer (William H. Macy) writes himself into the story and forces his lead character, a hardboiled detective from the 1930s (also played by Macy), to switch places with him.
4 “The End of the Whole Mess” Mikael Salomon July 19, 2006 In his last moments, a renowned filmmaker (Ron Livingston) recalls an experiment by his genius brother (Henry Thomas) to end world violence—but at a horrible cost.
5 “The Road Virus Heads North” Sergio Mimica-Gezzan July 26, 2006 A famous horror writer (Tom Berenger) buys a gruesome painting for inspiration, only for the painting to start changing and corresponding with sinister events in real life.
6 “The Fifth Quarter” Rob Bowman July 26, 2006 A released convict (Jeremy Sisto) goes on a treasure hunt for stolen money, risking his family and freedom in the process.
7 “Autopsy Room Four” Mikael Salomon August 2, 2006 Bitten by a poisonous snake, a man (Richard Thomas) falls into a catatonic state, assumed dead and becomes witness to his own autopsy.
8 “You Know They Got a Hell of a Band” Mike Robe August 2, 2006 A couple (Kim Delaney and Steven Weber) gets lost in a strange place called “Rock and Roll Heaven” which is populated by the ghosts of dead rock and roll legends.

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