Night Visions
Written byWes Craven
Thomas Baum
Directed byWes Craven
StarringJames Remar
Loryn Locklin
Music byBrad Fiedel
Original languageEnglish
Executive producerWes Craven
ProducersThomas Baum
Marianne Maddalena
Rick Nathanson
CinematographyPeter Stein
EditorsJames Coblentz
Mark Melnick
Running time92 minutes
Production companiesWes Craven Films
MGM Telecommunications
Original networkNBC
Picture formatColor
Audio formatMono
Original releaseNovember 30, 1990 (1990-11-30)

Night Visions is a 1990 American made-for-television supernatural thriller film co-written and directed by Wes Craven.[1][2][3][4]


The film opens with Ray sitting in a club angrily watching Aura dancing provocatively with other men in the club. Ray angrily removes her from the dance floor and after a short fight she storms out to take the car home. In the parking lot she is choked to death with a hose then left on the ground with her legs spread apart.

The papers report that the "Spread-Eagle Killer" has struck a fourth time and Ray is brought in as a suspect for questioning, during which he is treated roughly by an overly suspicious Sergeant Thomas Mackey. The extremely intuitive Dr. Sally Powers, a specialist in criminal psychopathology, is brought in to give insight into the mind of the killer. Mackey is allowed to forego a ten-day suspension and to continue to work on the case if he agrees to supervise Dr. Powers. At the scene of the next murder Dr. Powers writhes on the floor in the tape outline of the victim and announces that the victim was raped. That night in bed Dr. Powers relives a murder she survived as a child.

The next morning, she is called in to the station to meet with the captain but instead has a hunch that leads her to a health club. She emulates the behavior of the instructors in order to take over a class when the next body is found in another room in the club. After an argument with Mackey she predicts the location of the next murder to be a biker bar. Mackey follows her and finds her in a back room with a knife in her hand next to a freshly murdered woman. The victim was not stabbed, though, but rather beaten with a blunt object. Mackey apologizes to her at a diner, where he witnesses her emulate the behavior of their waitress. She begins to think like the killer and Mackey encourages this but she becomes scared and runs away.

The commissioner explains to Mackey that Dr. Powers is the survivor of an attack by a man who killed her family. She survived by hiding in a closet but now jumps into the personalities of others to escape her own tortured mind. Dr. Powers plots the murders on a map in the shape of Da Vinci's Vitruvian Man and determines that the killer is piecing together a perfect woman. She tracks the killer down but is led to the edge of a rooftop for a final showdown between her, the killer, and Mackey. The killer tries to murder them both, but ends up falling from the roof to his death.



  1. ^ Don Shirley (November 30, 1990). "TV REVIEW : Hokey Plot Clouds 'Visions'". Los Angeles Times. Retrieved 23 June 2016.
  2. ^ Faye Zuckerman (November 30, 1990). "Craven takes horror to TV". Star-News. Retrieved 18 August 2016.
  3. ^ Ryan Covey (September 12, 2015). "Movie of the Day: Night Visions". Retrieved 18 August 2016.
  4. ^ John Kenneth Muir (24 February 2004). "Night Visions (1990)". Wes Craven: The Art of Horror. McFarland, 2004. ISBN 0786419237.