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NIGHTSCREAM

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Seemingly driven by unexplainable nightmares of a violent murder, Drew Summers (Candace Cameron Bure) mysteriously arrives in the small town of Steveston, Oregon on the first anniversary of the death of Laura Fairgate — a young woman who died with her boyfriend, Ted (Casper Van Dien), in a murder/suicide that shocked the town.

Ray Ordwell (Denis Arndt), Laura’s stepfather, delivers a heart-rendering speech at the riverfront in front of one hundred townspeople, friends and loved ones who came together in remembrance of Laura’s death to launch a week-long dedication festival in her honour. Laura’s mother, Julie Ordwell (Teri Garr), who is recovering from injuries she suffered in a car accident just days after her daughter’s death, sits bravely trying to keep her emotions in check as she listens to her husband get choked up and then finally finish his speech to the applause of the emotional crowd. Just then, Drew approaches the stage in a trance-like state where she is met by Julie who can’t believe her eyes and ears. To the astonishment and disbelief of the bystanders, Drew announces that she is Laura.

Everyone has something invested in finding out Drew’s true identity and the purpose of her presence in town. Julie wants desperately to believe that Drew, who looks and sounds so much like her dead daughter, is possessed by her daughter’s soul and is searching for the truth behind the murder. The townspeople, who want to put the memory of this tragedy behind them, believe Drew is putting on an act for reasons yet unknown. Charles Pendelton (Ned Vaughn), a reporter for the town’s newspaper, thinks the Drew/Laura-back-from-the-dead story just might be the “big one” he’s been looking for to catapult him and his career to places beyond the small town of Steveston.

Drew questions her own sanity as she confronts a conspiracy of silence from the Steveston residents and the town sheriff, R.J. Turnage (Bobby Hosea). Things become more complicated as the vivid images Drew sees, begin to reveal key pieces of information surrounding the circumstances of Laura and Ted’s murder/suicide. All the while, the killer tries to silence Drew and her Laura-like image for good. The only one who really knows what happened that night is Laura, whose spirit in fact helps Drew track down the murderer.

Programme Information

Format:
SD
Aspect Ratio:
Episodes:
1
Duration:
120 Mins
Year of Production:
1997
Category:
TV Movies
Genre(s):
Thriller, Suspense & Crime

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