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Language: English
Category: Movie / Sci-Fi / Horror / Mystery
Original Title: Dreamland
Director: James P. Lay
Writers: James P. Lay,Kenny Saylors
Released: 2007
Duration: 1h 17min
Video type: Movie
Meghan and Dylan are crossing the Nevada desert in an old car to visit her foster parents, and Meghan sees a little girl alone in the desert. They stop at the "Little A'Le'Inn" diner, a weird place decorated with alien motif, to eat a hamburger with milkshake and they have a conversation with the bartender Blake, who tells stories about UFOs. They leave the diner and they have to stop in the middle of nowhere due a car problem. Dylan faints and Meghan sees the little girl and ghost that tell her that they know who she is. Is Meghan losing her mind or are the weird events for real?
Cast overview:
Jackie Kreisler Jackie Kreisler - Megan / Rachel
Shane Elliott Shane Elliott - Dylan
Jonathan Breck Jonathan Breck - Blake
Channing Nichols Channing Nichols - Little Rachel
Wayland Geremy Boyd Wayland Geremy Boyd - Glen
Kyle Saylors Kyle Saylors - Dr. Niedlander
Tony Vitucci Tony Vitucci - DIS Agent Michael
Rino Vitucci Rino Vitucci - DIS Agent Anthony
Ward Roberts Ward Roberts - Army Private
Bridget Brady Bridget Brady - Mrs. Niedlander
Dashiell Howell Dashiell Howell - Young Blake (as Dashel Howell)
Marlo Bernier Marlo Bernier - Hitler (as Mark Bernier)
Ashton Livesay Ashton Livesay - Baby Rachel in Crib
James P. Lay James P. Lay - Russian Reading Paper in Restaurant (as James Lay)


Reviews: [25]

  • avatar

    ZloyGenii

    Meghan (Jackie Kreisler) and Dylan (Shane Elliott) are crossing the Nevada desert in an old car to visit her foster parents, and Meghan sees a little girl alone in the desert. They stop at the "Little A'Le'Inn" diner, a weird place decorated with alien motive, to eat a hamburger with milkshake and they have a conversation with the bartender Blake, who tells stories about UFOs. They leave the diner and they have to stop in the middle of nowhere due a car problem. Dylan faints and Meghan sees the little girl and ghost that tell her that they know who she is. Is Meghan losing her mind or are the weird events for real?

    "Dreamland" is a promising and intriguing low-budget movie with a messy conclusion and fake reviews. I read a couple of explanations in IMDb that help to understand some points but the result is very confused. In my point of view, any movie that you need to watch several times to try to understand is not a good film unless when it is a cult-movie that is not the case of "Dreamland". My vote is five.

    Title (Brazil): "Área 51 - Zona Mortal" ("Area 51 – Mortal Zone")
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    Kaim

    Dreamland started out moderately interesting but never went anywhere except Tedium city. A low rent affair with no name actors and laughable effects, not recommended for any reason. The best thing that could be said is it looks like they really filmed it on location in the Nevada desert. That's it, I can't think of one thing good besides that about this stinker. The finale is supposed to be some kind of revelation but falls flat like the rest. Oh, I thought of one other good point about this cheese, it clocks in at just over an hour although it still wears out its welcome long before then. When the girl starts walking around in the desert at night it seems to last forever and just keeps getting worse from there. The attempts at horror aren't effective in the least. The story is an attempt at a twilight zone style feel but fails badly. Check out "Retroactive" for a good science fiction B-movie.
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    Nten

    This is seriously the worst movie I have ever seen, right from the start the movie goes straight down hill with its cheesy music score, poor acting, and total lack or real story or plot. Even for a B movie this is down right awful. After reading some of the good reviews i thought i'd keep an open mind and watch it. But all the bad reviews were so right. I totally can't understand how anyone could have enjoyed it. I'm a huge Sci-fi fan and this was way more than i could swallow. Definlty do yourself a favor a move on to a different movie. They are many other better movies that deal with this subject matter. YOU HAVE BEEN WARNED.
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    Kirimath

    Much can be said about Dreamland but I think the mistake most people make is to think that the director is trying to create a coherent and straight forward narrative structure. He is working on a subconscious level in his mind. The idea comes before the reason behind the idea. In many ways this is how art should be created because any other way it will feel forced and pretentious.

    The film indulges a great risk by sticking its foot into the deep blue unknown pool of time travel and Quantum Pyshics. I my opinion the film is a big film in the subject matter it explores but the very conscious director seems to be acutely aware that mystery, suspense and tension is what will keep the audience emotionally drawn in. In other post it seem that it is clear that this is a lower budget film that was shot in seven days, that alone I find truly a tremendous accomplishment. What is even more impressive is to take on such a omnipotent subject that can either enchant the lucid artist types who understand that it is about letting go of the control they never really had or highly agitate the ones who "must know" there is only one answer to the ending of every film, a "Happy Ending", so that they can trudge on through their miserable lives.
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    Nuadazius

    I watched this because of the description and cover art and yet again was deceived.I am getting sick of all these new stupid straight to DVD horror movies.Once in a blue moon 1 will be OK. It started out with a confusing scene and then jumped 30 years and showed a couple one night during a thunderstorm which was OK because I like storms and it set a nice mood.Then it turned into a cool road trip where they ended up at a diner encountering bizarre people.The rest got weird and then got confusing.I did watch it til the end but was even more confused when it ended so badly.I had higher hopes for this movie but it was more like a science fiction then horror and something that should have been made for TV.
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    Redfury

    I saw the film and i thought it was enjoyable.. the story is a bit complex for us who are not immersed into the lore of Area 51.. so that was a drawback. It was also VERY dark.. almost too dark. The story drags a bit in the middle, but I felt it was because of the direction more than anything. I thought the performances were good... jonathan breck stole the entire movie in my opinion! As for Billie Joe Armstrong, which seems to be the only reason this message board gets any love.. well, he is NOT in the film anywhere! Sorry fans.. but he's not there! If someone says they have seen him there.. it's not true, because he is most definitely not in the film! If he was i'm sure someone could find a blurb or interview where BJA at least MENTIONS the movie, right??! So that's about all I can say.. it's a decent flick for a B-movie.
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    Boyn

    I watch a TON of movies and enjoy the occasional B movie but this movie was awful. Aside from the "homemade" quality of the film it was very slow and seemed to make no point. I'm only commenting b/c of another comment I saw here that said it was great! WOW! Maybe OK to watch on a rainy day when nothing else is available.

    The characters were disjointed and didn't fit any discernible pattern of reality. The dialog between characters was forced and at times very confusing.

    I guess if you were very into the whole area 51 and understood some of the nuances other comments reference, it may be good - but for me - the Average Joe - I don't get it!?
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    Flower

    I never comment on a film, but I have to say that this was one of the worst films that I have ever seen. I feel it was made by a beginner film student and not to put down talented film students, but this was horrible! I did not buy the lead actress and felt I was in acting class with her while she was on film. Her decisions were very safe and I feel she was mimicking other actresses in films and not acting and making her own decisions. The direction was very confusing and the sound was louder than the actors themselves. The end may have made a little more sense if there was someone narrating the events and not a song. I love Patsy Cline but she her songs appear quite frequently in films. Maybe the song selection could have been a little more original. The song "crazy" was such a cliché. As I said before I never comment on films and have seen my share of good and bad, but this was the worst. Sorry.
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    GYBYXOH

    I watched this film last night and really liked the non traditional story. However If you looking for an simplistic film to understand I'd say look else where, this film is full of moments that offer insight into what is going on with the time travel aspect of the film but if you miss that, which as far as I can tell is only spoken about in the restaurant scene once, well you'll just be lost. I think this director might have trusted too much in the ability of people to stay tuned in by all the pretty frustrated and angry reviewers on here

    For instance as I read in one of the internet reviews that was pasted in one of other user comments, I loved that the director used Patsy Cline's "Crazy" to indicate that all the experiences of the lead girl may or may not actually be happening, it was a bit of black comedy right in the middle of sci fi flick and it added a new layer of texture. I do see the Lynch comparisons as this director steps out into the ether with all the bizarre events giving the audience flashes of clues to what is going on. Not to give anything away and I hope no one marks this as a spoiler but there is the biggest clue to what the whole surprise is at the end of the film early on when the couple leave the restaurant and cross the paths of the three men coming in, if you look at the middle man carefully i think the director is giving the audience the chance to "get" the film in that moment alone. I did not see anyone of the reviews yet, especially the negative reviews, ever catch that. I am not trying to show you how smart I think I am but I think this is why the critics have given the film good reviews, I think they see so many films that when one comes along that you have to pay attention to they like the challenge, that's my opinion at least.

    There are some moments of over acting but I still was drawn into the story and didn't feel that it was too bad, watch any Asylum film if you want to see some really horrible acting. I especially liked that they stayed away from blood and guts stuff and made an entertaining film more about thought than violence, sex or killing. great job.
  • avatar

    Negal

    There are some movies that let you know very early on what kind of ride you're in for. Whether it's a whole lot of explosions or a whole lot of dead bodies or a whole lot of laughs, sometimes you just know what you're in for before the whole thing really gets firing up.

    "Dreamland" is one such movie.

    And what "Dreamland" is letting us in for is the ride of a lifetime--across the desert. With a young couple whose primary hobby seems to be squabbling. After a quick stop at the Little Green Aleinn (sic) for a Beam Me Up Burger and Groom Lake Shake, they get back on the road, and sure enough, all hell breaks loose.

    Suffice it to say that when Hitler starts screaming at you in German before he steals your car, it's pretty safe to say all hell has broken loose. And that's just the least of it.

    "Dreamland" has a talent for freaky scenes. One noteworthy sequence features only the ground you can see under a flashlight circle. The circle of light moves, and that's all we can see--what's in that flashlight's radius. Every time Megan, our female lead, wakes up from a dream in this movie (she spends a surprisingly large amount of time asleep), she wakes up gasping with her eyes wide as saucers.

    If you're one of the no doubt large number of people who misses Spooky Mulder and his various adventures, then this is a great way to bridge the gap, o former X-Phile.

    The ending will not disappoint in terms of sheer freaky--in fact, it will almost go too far and circle back around to comic.

    The special features are limited to only a few audio options.

    All in all, if you're looking for something totally out of left field, not too scary but plenty creepy, then "Dreamland" is going to make your night.
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    Oso

    There are some great scary moments in this film that me had jumping right out of my skin several times. I don't want to spoil the film for anyone else but the way the Director built tension using the unknown of the darkness as well the sounds and music, this film really created a consistent Erie mood. There is a blue look to the picture that gives the film a distant feeling, I liked that choice and felt it was a unique look. This is not an easy film to understand, however I did enjoy the the time travel theories that were explored in this film. I have seen comments about David Lynch films here and I saw David Lynch's last film "Inland Empire", Dreamland is a straight forward children's tale compared to how hard it is to understand "Inland Empire". Dreamland feels intuitive to me, much more about mood and flavor, so rigid traditional male minds are going to have much more of problem enjoying this film as it seems evident in the simple minded negative reviews I have seen here. Seems there is little patience for any film that does not resemble all other boring and predictable films that are made nowadays.

    There is a big change at the end of the film in mood and what you think is going to happen, that was great! Many films I watch you don't need to watch the end because you know how it is going to end up, that did not happen with this film. The end was more sentimental than most sci fi type films, the events at the end were a welcome and refreshing change to the many sci fi and horror film endings I have seen in the past.
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    Whitescar

    I watched the film today and was sucked in from the get go. I felt that you had really stay focused and not take your eyes away too much or you might miss a key part of the story reveal at the end. A guy commented below that it was disjointed but I think he didn't really pay attention. I found there were little clues and hints strewn throughout the film and I don't want to give the plot away but I thought it was very clever how they tied all the earlier flashback clues that were in the girls nightmares to the all the reveals at the end of the film, very smart and very David Lynch.

    The feel was very dark and moody which I prefer and it was not all about stupid bloody killings like most low budget horror films. I applaud the makers of this film for believing that Audiences are smart enough to get a film like this, although I can see how this film will go over some peoples heads. You can't please everyone all the time like the studios constantly try to do and I applaud this effort!
  • avatar

    komandante

    The lives of Megan(Jackie Kresler)and Dylan(Shane Elliott)change in the Nevada desert between Reno and Las Vegas. They stop to eat at a small greasy spoon where they reluctantly learn about the infamous Area 51 by the café proprietor(Jonathan Breck). After getting back on the road in their forty year old Lincoln, the radio gets a little crazy broadcasting Hitler's speech at the 1836 Olympics and then later a 1958 news bulletin of Elvis Presley being drafted into the military. The car slowly breaks down and the two are in for the scare of their lives as mysterious unexplainable things happen in the lonely radiation-poisoned desert; remnants of nuclear testing. Megan meets a lost little girl(Channing Nichols)and a wounded WWII soldier. The nightmarish journey doesn't end there. Kresler is impressive to a degree and writer/director James Lay makes good use of Patsy Cline tunes. All in all, moderately interesting Sci-Fi.
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    ℓo√ﻉ

    A moody, three-quarter-sketched genre document somewhere between The X-Files, The Twilight Zone, The Mothman Prophecies and (surprisingly) a heartwarming Lifetime fictioner, writer-director James Lay's Dreamland is a spooky, open-ended, alien-tinged quasi-thriller that makes the most of its desolate landscapes. Shot in deep shades of blue by cinematographer Jonathan Hale, the movie is an old school, filmic exercise in the elongation of apprehension. When filmmaker Robert Rodriguez talked, in Rebel without a Crew, his tome about the making of El Mariachi, about making a list of one's assets, and then using those to help shape the narrative of a movie, he could very well have been talking about a movie like this, so spare and streamlined are its moves and payoffs.

    There's also an admirable, rewarding slow-play of details to match the low-key stakes of the story. if you can take character-rooted nuance in your sci-fi, there's some genuine enjoyment to be found here.
  • avatar

    Ubrise

    There are some movies that let you know very early on what kind of ride you're in for. Whether it's a whole lot of explosions or a whole lot of dead bodies or a whole lot of laughs, sometimes you just know what you're in for before the whole thing really gets firing up.

    "Dreamland" is one such movie.

    And what "Dreamland" is letting us in for is the ride of a lifetime--across the desert. With a young couple whose primary hobby seems to be squabbling. After a quick stop at the Little Green Aleinn (sic) for a Beam Me Up Burger and Groom Lake Shake, they get back on the road, and sure enough, all hell breaks loose.

    Suffice it to say that when Hitler starts screaming at you in German before he steals your car, it's pretty safe to say all hell has broken loose. And that's just the least of it.

    "Dreamland" has a talent for freaky scenes. One noteworthy sequence features only the ground you can see under a flashlight circle. The circle of light moves, and that's all we can see--what's in that flashlight's radius. Every time Megan, our female lead, wakes up from a dream in this movie (she spends a surprisingly large amount of time asleep), she wakes up gasping with her eyes wide as saucers.

    If you're one of the no doubt large number of people who misses Spooky Mulder and his various adventures, then this is a great way to bridge the gap, o former X-Phile.

    The ending will not disappoint in terms of sheer freaky--in fact, it will almost go too far and circle back around to comic.

    All in all, if you're looking for something totally out of left field, not too scary but plenty creepy, then "Dreamland" is going to make your night.
  • avatar

    lets go baby

    This is a very Cool film, highly stylistic!I was sent a screener of this film 3 months ago for review from the domestic distributor, I know many of you out there have been dying to see it, it will be out in Feb I believe.

    The film peaks your interest right from the get go with a very surreal moody introduction that sets up the mystery of the story, I thought that was created brilliantly by this first time Director. The pacing through the first and seconds acts are well handled and the actors deliver well balanced performances ranging from a little crazy to down right creepy. There are two dream flashback sequences that are keys to the finale of the film and this is where I truly found that this Director is very very creative with his approach to story telling.

    I highly recommend this film to you!
  • avatar

    Made-with-Love

    The film indulges a great risk by sticking its foot into the deep blue unknown pool of time travel and Quantum Pyshics. I my opinion the film is a big film in the subject matter it explores but the very conscious director seems to be acutely aware that mystery, suspense and tension is what will keep the audience emotionally drawn in. In other post it seem that it is clear that this is a lower budget film that was shot in seven days, that alone I find truly a tremendous accomplishment. What is even more impressive is to take on such a omnipotent subject that can either enchant the lucid artist types who understand that it is about letting go of the control they never really had or highly agitate the ones who "must know" there is only one answer to the ending of every film, a "Happy Ending", so that they can trudge on through their miserable lives.
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    Dolid

    Film & Disc Review, Dreamland by Rusty White of the website: EntertainmentInsiders.com reviewed: 2007-03-10

    Veteran sound editor James Lay's feature film debut "Dreamland" is a smart and scary blend of science-fiction, quantum physics and horror. Lay makes the best of a low budget, smart script and talented cast.

    Dylan (Shane Elliot) and Meghan (Jackie Kreisler) are traveling to visit her parents in Reno. Meghan is haunted by vague nightmares. In the first 10 minutes of the movie she wakes up with a start a number of times. After a long day driving, the pair stops for dinner at a diner near Area 51. Blake the bartender (Jonathan Breck, the Creeper in Jeepers Creepers) is a huge UFO buff and the diner is designed to cash in on the mysteries surrounding Area 51. After a quick but unusual stay at the diner, the couple head off into the night.

    The night where things go bump in. Dylan and Meghan know things are about to turn weird when their radio picks up a newscast about the speech Adolph Hitler gave yesterday!

    To tell more about the plot would do you a disservice. A greater disservice than is given this cool movie by the lame treatment it is given on this vanilla DVD.

    Director Lay builds up suspense and delivers a number of good scares. The dialogue is good. Special effects are also quite good, especially considering the low budget. The film's two leads have good on screen chemistry. Jackie Kreisler has the makings of a future scream queen. Ms. Kreisler reminded me of Marilyn Burns during her ordeal in the desert night.

    The Disc: Creepy, scary movie. Fair picture. Good sound. Not one extra!

    Picture Quality: 7/10 The daylight scenes are a bit washed out. A blue hue dominates the entire film. This may have been on purpose. The night scenes are much better.

    Sound Quality: 9/10 No loss of dialogue. Excellent mix of dialogue, sound effects and music.

    Easter Eggs: No Easter Eggs Found on Disc.

    Extra Features: 0/10 Image Entertainment has released this DVD without any extras. While that is not unusual, the fact that they are charging $25.00 for a vanilla DVD is unusual. Back in the day when all there was were VHS tapes, manufacturers priced some for sale and others for Rental. Meaning the sales price was so high that not too many people would spent the money to own one. I guess this DVD is priced to rent. I'm sorry that there were no extras because the movie is well made for a low budget indie. I'd like to know how the movie was made.

    The Final Word:

    A bit high priced considering the lack of extras. Well worth the price of a rental. Fans may want to purchase later. Rusty White
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    salivan

    I thought Dreamland was a wonderful film. It was original and very entertaining. I thought Dylan and Meghan had wonderful chemistry on screen, and kudos to the casting director for picking two young soon to be stars. Jackie Kreisler and Shane Elliot were the perfect pair for this sci-fi thriller. I think that Hollywood hasn't seen the last of these two. James Lay wrote wrote a wonderful screenplay, I can't wait to see more from all involved with this creation. If you are looking for something that Hollywood hasn't done yet, watch Dreamland. From beginning to end, the film grabs you and doesn't let go. I highly recommend seeing Dreamland, you're missing out if you don't!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
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    Zargelynd

    Some love this movie, some hate it, It happens these days when the ambitions of a filmmaker soar above the crap that Hollywood poops out. Clever writer/director James Lay leaves little time for bathroom breaks with quick glimpses of clues delivered in intentionally vague clouds of mystery that reveal the duality of the characters. Lay makes a good run at low budget Aronofsky/Lynch mood and style along with a mixture of witty and sarcastic dialog. Jackie Kreisler, raw in a good way, offers something transient to her character Meagan. Shane Elliot seemed flake boyfriend Dylan, surprisingly shifts halfway thru the film becoming a spooky creep with subtle glances. Jonathan Breck as Blake the Bartender offers up the most convincing character role as tobacco spitting man of mystery himself.

    Like a dog chasing its tail into infinity, Lay leads the viewer through a confusing dream state of seemed bizarre random events leaving the less than savvy viewers thinking "whats it all mean?" and "I don't get it, so it must not make sense" but like trying to assemble a 10,000 piece puzzle of a white cloud, it becomes clear Lay has sent you down a rabbit hole with a million tunnels into the infinite allowing the open minded artist in us to see that all is possible, there is just choices. Although the many who need the illusion of structure will reject this film, for the others of us who embrace artistic risk and reject one dimensional thinking Dreamland offers inspiration.
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    Llanonte

    What is this thing with teenagers are their multiple exclamation marks viz "I highly recommend seeing Dreamland, you're missing out if you don't!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!" If anything really were urgent, would anyone pay attention? My opinion of this movie is that it might have been filmed in Super-8, that is the level of its production values. I got it from the local public library because the cover on the DVD disk looked interesting. Right away saw that it was really cheesy even Monogram Studio would have rejected it as of too poor a quality. Was curious at least to see if maybe something would be of value or interest...but nothing, just junk. What a waste of an hour. Am really surprised to see that people, at least some of them here, are raving about it, praising its artistic excellence, etc. Crazy.
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    Querlaca

    Ed Wood, perhaps the worst film maker of all time left us gems that are SO bad, they delight, being unintentionally funny and therefore charming and innocent.

    James Lay, and his financial backers (Mom and Dad, it seems from the credits) have created in 'Dreamland' a film just as poorly made as any Ed Wood film, but lacking any charm or innocence. Dreamland simply stinks, and about the only good thing about this 90 minute waste of time is the certain knowledge that James Lay and his fellow perps will never make another picture again.

    I must mention some of the dramatic lengths some of the crew took to avoid being associated with this horrible picture. I'm sure the production controller, once seeing the completed film, demanded to have his or her name changed in the credits to 'Donna Snartlebutt' and the accounting done by 'Brutus'. One can imagine 'Brutus' with his roll of 5 dollar bills paying the crew at the end of a shooting day.

    I wont mention the many technical problems with this pathetic little videotape, but I must mention a few commentaries that compare this slag to the work of David Lynch. You know you have turned out a real stinker when you have your mom log into IMDb and post such astonishing BS - no one , save violent mental patients, could -ever- mistake 'dreamland' with -anything- produced by Lynch. What a horrific slight against Mr. Lynch and his work.

    Go back to film school, Mr Lay.
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    Nidora

    I'm a big fan of sci-fi and try to watch everything even remotely connected to the genre. This film however was so bad I couldn't even bring me to see it till the end. OMG! One of the worst films I've ever seen! The plot, the actors, the lack of logic...I'm lost for words! Actually - I could make a better movie myself for just $100.

    I don't understand the people giving this a good review - are you joking or is your taste in films so bad that you actually think this is good? What is wrong with you? This film is pure crap, a total waste of time and should be buried and forgotten for eternity.

    Avoid this sorry excuse for a film. The good reviews for this film actually made me so angry that I had to register here, just to write this review!
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    Preve

    This film was utterly horrible. Stupid premise, and horrible acting by all. Whoever wrote this trash should be hanged. Reminds me of a hack student film, BUT WORSE. Who ever produced this should give up now. I know opinions are subjective and all, and some may think this "fantastic" as some think "Dune (1984)" was fantastic, well get off your horse and watch some real films. OK, the acting was tolerable, and with better direction could have been far better, but it didn't so it suffers. I don't know how much more I can say about this waste of film, other than to totally trash it. Anyways it was horrible and I recommend to avoid it like the plague, if you come anywhere near "dreamland", rent the movie beside it instead.
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    Beazezius

    I cannot BELIEVE anyone is giving this film a good rating. In addition to the terrible acting, thin (nonexistent?) plot line and slooooooooow pace, this would be the movie to watch if you were really TRYING to fall asleep. The writer's and director's brains must have been fried eggs to ever have concocted something as abominable as this. Based on the plot summary on the DVD case, the premise really sounded promising. But within the first ten minutes I knew it was a lost cause. If you want to see a REALLY creep take on the Area 51 idea, check out the remake of "The Hills Have Eyes". Dreamland will soon fade away as all pathetic films of its ilk do. NEXT!!!