The Nightmare Cafe web page

The cast of Nightmare Cafe:

Robert Englund as Blackie, Lindsay Frost as Fay Peronivic, and Jack Coleman as Frank Nolan


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What's this show about?

I can't put it any better than Blackie did.

"Touch that remote and you die! Now that I've got your attention, here's the deal. See those two people? That's Frank, and that's Fay. Strangers when they met, turns out they've got a lot in common. Both died on the same night, both ended up in the same body of water, and both took refuge in the same all-night cafe. Me, I run the place. Name's Blackie. Been here from the beginning. Now, I know I said Frank and Fay were dead, but the cafe needed a new cook and waitress, so it gave them a second chance at life. They do their job, they get to stick around and help unsuspecting customers turn their lives around. 'Course, anything can happen to those who wander in - their worst nightmares, or their forbidden dreams. Yeah, it all happens here...in this little place we call the Nightmare Cafe."


Sounds interesting. Tell me more!

Nightmare Cafe was, sadly, a ratings victim. It aired on NBC from January until April, 1992, before being cancelled. Created by Wes Craven (of Nightmare on Elm Street fame) and Thomas Baum, it starred Robert Englund (also of Elm Street fame), Jack Coleman and Lindsay Frost. A pilot was produced along with five episodes, all of which aired on NBC prior to the cancellation. Several years later, the Sci-Fi Channel Series Collection picked up the series to show in rotation with its other featured programs. It periodically reappears on the channel, so keep your eyes peeled and maybe one of these days they'll re-air Nightmare Cafe.


Why the web page?

Because there isn't another one. If you want the full story, keep reading; otherwise, skip to the next section.

To my great dismay, I never saw Nightmare Cafe during its original airing. I don't even remember hearing about it! It wasn't until 1995, when the Sci-Fi Channel re-aired the episodes, that I finally got to see it. The premise interested me, but I unfortunately missed the pilot episode. To add to my confusion, the SFC showed the episodes in the wrong order, and my first was the series' last (Aliens Ate My Lunch). Despite all this, I instantly fell in love with the program. Why? you ask, surprised. It obviously wasn't a success with many people!

I love a lot of things about Nightmare Cafe, primarily the concept. A mysterious cafe that transports its residents from place to place with the sole aim of changing lives...it's fantastic! The extradimensional nature of the cafe itself, and the main characters, almost makes it seem spiritual...and, indeed, Blackie seems to indicate that a higher power controls the cafe. Despite this intriguing premise, it could have been executed poorly, but the combination of dark atmosphere and wry humor blends together very well, and the directing is excellent.

Then there are the main characters. This is something that can make me love or hate a series, and in the case of Nightmare Cafe, it firmly cemented the former feeling! Frank and Fay are both very down-to-earth people, while Blackie is just the opposite, and all three actors turn in fantastic performances.

I was thoroughly enamored with the show and very sad to see it gone from the Sci-Fi Channel after they had transmitted all of the episodes. I hadn't been able to tape them, and what was worse, I couldn't find any information on the program. The episodes weren't commercially available, the CD had gone out of stock just before I ordered it, and I couldn't find anything on the Internet except for a few side mentions. Therefore, I decided, I would have to take matters into my own hands and put something up myself! Although I put this off for about two years, I've finally gained the confidence to try it. Let me know what you think! If you have any problems with the page, or would like to suggest changes, e-mail me using one of the addresses at the bottom.


Is Nightmare Cafe available on VHS or DVD?

Only the bootleg variety! Various people willing to trade off-air copies have posted in the guestbook; feel free to peruse it. Unfortunately, there has not as yet been any official release of the show. If you'd like to encourage MGM to release the show on DVD, why don't you register at TV Shows on DVD and vote for Nightmare Cafe?


How can I help?

If you'd like to have a part in this page, there are several different things you can do.

Sign the guestbook. This is the way to go if you'd just like to let people know that there's another Nightmare Cafe fan out there! Tell me what you thought of the show, and the page! It's linked just below the disclaimer section.

Write a review of the episodes. You could just review one, or you could comment on all six. I'm interested to know what you thought was great and what you thought was awful. I'll put up your comments in the reviews section of the relevant episode(s). E-mail them to me using one of the addresses at the bottom of this page.

Contribute pictures, sounds or information. I don't have access to much Nightmare Cafe material, so if you can find pictures, have the ability to make wav files, or possess interviews and the like, your contributions would be much appreciated!

Thanks for your interest!


Disclaimer

Nightmare Cafe is property of Wes Craven Films and MGM/UA Television Productions. This unofficial web site is entirely non-profit, and no copyright infrigement of the respective copyright holders is intended. Some materials contained in this site are protected by copyright and trademark and shall not be used for any purpose other than private, non-commercial viewing purposes. These pages are copyright Carson Maynard, and distribution of the material herein is permitted as long as proper attribution is retained.


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