Night Terrors
Poster artwork
Directed byTobe Hooper
Written by
  • Daniel Matmor
  • Rom Globus[1]
Produced byHarry Alan Towers[1]
CinematographyAmnon Solamon[1]
Edited byAlain Jakubowicz[2][1]
Music byDov Seltzer[2]
Global Pictures[2]
Running time
98 minutes[1]
CountryUnited States

Night Terrors is a 1993 American horror film directed by Tobe Hooper. It stars Robert Englund in a dual role, as both Chevalier and the Marquis de Sade. The film was originally set to be shot in Egypt, which later was changed to Tel Aviv, which led the original director to quit the feature and the production company to hire director Tobe Hooper.

The film has received several negative reviews, noting Hooper's lower quality output following the release of Poltergeist.


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A young girl travels to Cairo to visit her father, and becomes unwillingly involved with a bizarre sadomasochistic cult led by the charismatic Paul Chevalier, who is a descendant of the Marquis de Sade.



In 1993, Globus made three films with producer Harry Alan Towers, and managed to place all three of their Israeli-produced films in the interim of Cannon or Warners for video distribution.[3] Among the films, only Night Terrors achieved theatrical distribution.[3] Night Terrors was written by Daniel Matmor, though Rom Globus is also credited.[4] It is Globus' only film credit.[4]

When actor Robert Englund learned about the filming being shot in Alexandria, Egypt, Englund stated he "jumped at the chance . . . but then the whole project went through radical transformation."[4] Englund noted that the script was changed so that it was no longer about de Sade, but based on a collection of his erotic short stories, and that he would be playing a descendant of him as well as playing de Sade himself in a number of flashbacks.[4] Englund then explained that the filming moved from Egypt to Tel Aviv in Israel, where they had to change it from a period film to a contemporary time frame with the original director quitting the project.[4] Englund commented "I wasn't too thrilled about it, and the producers realized it, so to keep me happy, they hired one of my favourite directors . . . Tobe Hooper."[4]

Post-production on two of both Night Terrors and The Mummy Lives were sent to Canada.[3]

Critical reception

In a contemporary review, Entertainment Weekly described the film as a hybrid of the work of Zalman King and Stephen King and that the film "shouldn't necessarily have been attempted by the stars and director of 1976's Eaten Alive."[2]

John Kenneth Muir wrote in Horror Films of the 1990s, "Many Tobe Hooper films admirably shatter taboos and film decorum, but there's little intellectual, stylish gamesmanship in this underwhelming film."[5] Muir, in book on the films of Hooper described it as a "heavy-handed, turgid muddle of a movie that isn't thrilling or even particularly erotic (though it has been dubbed an "erotic thriller"). [...] There's no sign of his infectious sense of humor [...] or even his unflagging energy."[6] Contemporary North American Film Directors noted that, along with 1989's Spontaneous Combustion, director Tobe Hooper "plumbed new depths".[7]



  1. ^ a b c d e Muir 2009, p. 125.
  2. ^ a b c d Muir 2009, p. 124.
  3. ^ a b c Mann 2014, p. 154.
  4. ^ a b c d e f Mann 2014, p. 155.
  5. ^ Muir, John Kenneth (15 September 2011). "Night Terrors (a.k.a. Tobe Hooper's Night Terrors) *". Horror Films of the 1990s. McFarland. p. 297. ISBN 978-0786440122. Retrieved 19 August 2012.
  6. ^ Muir, p. 126.
  7. ^ Allon, Yoram; Cullen, Del; Patterson, Hannah (2002). "Tobe HOOPER". Contemporary North American Film Directors: A Wallflower Critical Guide. Wallflower Press. ISBN 1903364523. Retrieved 19 August 2012.


  • Mann, Dave (2014). Harry Alan Towers: The Transnational Career of a Cinematic Contrarian. McFarland. ISBN 978-0786479825.
  • Muir, John Kenneth (2009). Eaten Alive at a Chainsaw Massacre: The Films of Tobe Hooper. McFarland. ISBN 978-1476613352.