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Nightmare Man, The

HEAD-TURNING HORROR-FI drama wherein the locals of a Hebridean island get killed off one by one by a bizarre monster which turns out to be (of course) a Russian soldier who had his brain plugged into a nuclear powered submarine as an experiment, but suffered from radiation burns/sickness (likewise), escaped and was washed up on the island. This made him see everything red (ditto). A parable for our times (*click*).



  1. Tom Prisoner

    May 21, 2013 at 7:32 pm

    Brilliant stuff. Based on “The Child of the Vodyanoi” and adapted by the late, great Robert Holmes, it also starred Maurice Roeves, James “Game of Thrones/Braveheart” Cosmo and James Warwick.

  2. Dee V Dee

    April 18, 2016 at 7:18 pm

    Superbly sinister while filmed in the dark with red filters. Then the climax was shot in broad daylight on a golf course with a man in a wetsuit killing the suspense.

  3. Glenn Aylett

    March 17, 2019 at 1:23 pm

    From the era when BBC Scotland moved on from old fluff like the White Heather Club to making edgy dramas.The Nightmare Man really was like a cross between horror and sci fi and very unsettling.

  4. richardpd

    March 17, 2019 at 7:39 pm

    It also has Cecilia Imrie a few years becoming a Victoria Wood foil, & upping the “been in Dr Who” quota.

    Pat Gorman played the titular Nightmare Man, & was often in Dr Who playing monsters, aliens, security guards etc.

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