Hallucinations is a 1986 Americans shot-on-video horror film written and directed by teenagers Mark Polonia (Sharkenstein; Bigfoot vs Zombies; Queen Crab; et al), John Polonia and Todd Michael Smith (The Writers; Splatter Farm). The brothers reshot it on Super 8mm film in 1991, retitled Lethal Nightmare.
Three brothers, one of whom is mentally retarded, have disturbing and violent hallucinations while their mother is at work…
SRS Cinema is releasing both Hallucinations and Lethal Nightmare on Blu-ray on August 15, 2017 in a limited edition of just 200 copies.
” …the sexual animosity, as well as the off-handed psychology, is what makes Hallucinations so impressive. And fascinating to watch. Unlike most Polonia productions, there’s never a dull moment. A gentle eeriness carries us through while we wait for the next gross-out effect. Ambient synths from a Halloween sound effects cassette drone while green light bulbs gradually replace all of the regular light bulbs in the house.” Joseph A Ziemba, Bleeding Skull!
” …the brothers’ avidity and love for the horror genre is ever evident which makes the film competent enough to sit through for it’s hour long runtime. There’s a few amusing gore scenes, (albeit, ones that are cheesy as f*ck!) such as a dude shitting a knife, a guy wrestling with a deranged fetus, and some disembowelment.” Gore Pump’s Horror Dump
“Really, the strength of the film is the Polonia brothers’ ability to do ANYTHING for the sake of cinema. I mean, there’s full-frontal male nudity, crying, gross-out shots that HAD to be uncomfortable to film, and you see pretty much everybody sitting on the toilet at one point or another. Basically, stuff that your average home-movie-maker wouldn’t dream of doing without an actual budget or production company backing.” Obscuro Films
“Various mysterious figures and monsters from horror movies (including Freddy Krueger and Chucky) appear in their visions to torture and kill them (and their cat) in various ways. There is some laughably bad acted drama concerning rivalry between brothers, love for their mom and their cat. The violence is borderline splatter, but too amateurish to make an impact.” The Worldwide Celluloid Massacre