Stars: Lloyd Bridges, Leif Erickson, Richard Jaeckel, Janet Leigh, Carl Betz, Don Stroud
Director: Alf Kjellin
Producer: Stan Shpetner
First Broadcast: 1970
Story: Where do dreams end and reality begin? That's the question facing a research scientist who can't distinguish his dreams from reality. Each night he suffers nightmares, in which he is on trial for his life before a mysterious tribunal. The whys and wherefores of his torment are gradually revealed.
Dave Grusin's forte for depicting psychological torment is put to great use in this thriller which is over a third composed of disturbing dream sequences.
His deft use of electronic and dissonant acoustic instruments to characterize the eerie quality of the nightmares is never overdone, and sustains the terror felt by the scientist perfectly as well as maintaining the surreal feeling of the dream sequences.
Enough of the sense of these is contained in the scoring of the scenes outside the nightmares to make audiences constantly on the alert for the unknown in real life situations.
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