5. DREAMSCAPE (1984)

Director: Joseph Ruben

Synopsis: Shady government agents attempt to use a psychic (Dennis Quaid), who can project himself into people's subconscious while they dream, to assassinate the President. That is what you call the ultimate mind fuck.

Complex says: It's a good thing we can't will people dead like this or "ex-girlfriend" would have a completely different meaning.



Director: Wes Craven

Synopsis: A long-dead child murderer with knives for fingers haunts the dreams of the children of the adults who killed him, killing them (the kids) in their dreams for having sex and plotting to kill him and other such transgressions, with a cleverly ambiguous ending perfectly suited to infinite (literally) sequels.

Complex says: Leave it to a bunch of killjoys to take Freddy's killing spree out of the dreams and into the realm of cold, hard statistics.


3. JACOB'S LADDER (1990)

Director: Adrian Lyne

Synopsis: A Vietnam vet (Tim Robbins) experiences frightening hallucinations upon his return to civilian life. Is Jacob experiencing a severe case of post-traumatic stress disorder? Or are his bizarre visions the byproduct of some nefarious U.S. government plan to drug its soldiers into becoming battlefield savages? Take a wild guess, kiko.

Complex says: The moral, as always: Don't ever fucking go to war.


2. INCEPTION (2010)

Director: Christopher Nolan

Synopsis: Led by Dom Cobb (Leonardo DiCaprio), a team of dream-stealers—people who invade others' sleeping minds to swipe their most valuable secrets—embark on a new mission: inception. On the behalf of a corporate rival (Ken Watanabe), Dom and his crew plan to jump into the subconscious of a wealthy heir (Cillian Murphy) to implant the idea of breaking up his deceased father's empire. But will Dom's own personal dream-time demons fuck up everything? Wake up, ninja!

Complex says: We'll say this: If these guys were to ever dig deep into our subconscious, it would most definitely not be rated PG-13.


1. THE MATRIX (1999)

Directors: Andrew and Laurence Wachowski

Synopsis: Evil machines have created an alternate reality where humans are stuck in a "matrix" while having their life force surreptitiously drained by said machines. Only if the humans break out of the dream world they can dodge bullets and shit, which seems kinda totally worth it.

Complex says: The Wachowski Bros. might have created their own alternate world of pacified, mindless humans—if only Matrix 2 and 3 didn't suck so bad.

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