A Surrogate’s Nightmare (Review)

A Surrogate’s Nightmare

A Surrogate's Nightmare
Written by Darcy Meyers
Directed by Vic Sarin

A Surrogate's Nightmare
A Surrogate’s Nightmare tries, but it can’t escape the fact that it is just pedestrian fare for Lifetime Channel. If you’ve spent decades watching the Lifetime Original Movies and the various twists and turns, you’ll be ahead of the curve here. There are lots of secrets that characters keep alluding too even though some of them seem pretty obvious, most of them don’t get explained until we are near the end of the movie.
A Surrogate's Nightmare
Still, the film isn’t bad, there are good performances from the leads, it’s still a serviceable Lifetime movie. I think I’ve just been spoiled by all the exceptional Lifetime films that come out maybe 3-4 a year, and just need to return to the joy of fun drama movies that aren’t the kind you tell people about later and they don’t believe you. You got murder, mystery, someone carrying their sister’s child, a stalker, and drama drama drama.

Shelley’s mother killed by a mysterious stranger while screaming that she’s sorry the second the credits end. As this mother was earlier buying clothes for a grandbaby that Shelley (Emily Tennant) is unable to carry, this mom seemed like trouble from the beginning. To further continue that thread, Shelley has a much older estranged sister named Angela (Poppy Montgomery) who the mother rarely mentions. Angela is much more worldly than Shelley, she left their small town to be a writer in New York City and travel the world. There is obvious tension with the memories of their mother, and Angela is 15 years older than Shelley. Hmmm…
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A Wife’s Nightmare brings unsettling dreams to Lifetime!

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A girl with messy hair? That’s the greatest nightmare of them all!

[adrotate banner=”7″]First of all, I question that a wife’s nightmare is her husband having a long-lost daughter showing up that turns out to be a murderous con artist, but perhaps that is a common phobia with housewives. Needless to say, A Wife’s Nightmare is Lifetime’s latest nightmare entry in domestic non-bliss entertainment. It’s like a turbo-powered Electra complex, and poor wife Jennifer Beals is being replaced by a mistress who is inside the house! Of course, it will probably end in women punching each other, something that happens quite often in Lifetime films.

Inspired by a true story. When a mysterious teenage girl shows up on their doorstep claiming to be her husband’s long lost daughter, Liz Michaels welcomes her into their home – but when Liz starts to feel pushed out of her own family, she begins to question the girl’s true motives and doubt her own sanity.

What that synopsis doesn’t mention is Liz just got back from having a mental breakdown, so everyone will call her crazy for the entire movie in addition to all the goofy stuff going on!

A Wife’s Nightmare stars Jennifer Beals, Spencer List, Katherine McNamara, Dylan Neal, and Lola Tash. It’s directed by Vic Sarin, who directed the prior Nightmare films A Mother’s Nightmare, A Sister’s Nightmare, and A Daughter’s Nightmare. You might say he’s the stuff Nightmares are made of! It’s written by Blake Corbet and Dan Trotta. Corbet has some production experience and Trotta seems to be a newcomer.

A Wife’s Nightmare premieres Saturday, December 27th on Lifetime!

Photo via Lifetime/Darren Hull

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A Daughter’s Nightmare is more Lifetime Movie fun! #DaughtersNightmare

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How am I still being Cyberbu//ied, it’s been years! Good thing I still can’t get the cap off…

[adrotate banner=”1″]Lifetime is the world expert on nightmares (suck on that, Freddy Krueger!) and their latest original movie, A Daughter’s Nightmare, is another fine example of nightmares and evil evil men.

Soon after her father’s death, college freshman Ariel learns her mother, Dana, has met Adam, a seemingly well-meaning and charming man at a grief support group. He claims to be a nurse, but the longer he hangs around the sicker and more isolated Dana becomes, even from Ariel. When Dana suddenly goes missing it’s up to Ariel to discover the terrible truth of Adam’s past before it is too late.

A Daughter’s Nightmare stars Emily Osment(Hannah Montana and Cyberbu//y), Gregg Sulkin(Wizards of Waverly Place), Paul Johansson(One Tree Hill), Victoria Pratt(Cleopatra 2525), and RICHARD KARN!!!! Yes, Al Borland himself! This might be one of the best casts in a ridiculous Lifetime film yet!

Director Vic Sarlin has previously worked on A Sister’s Nightmare and A Mother’s Nightmare, both of which were also written by Shelley Gillen, who writes this entry. I guess makes this another Lifetime Franchise! Shocking how many we’ve come across.

A Daughter’s Nightmare premieres Saturday, May 3rd on Lifetime! Their hashtag for talking on Twitter is #DaughtersNightmare. Several prior films have trended nationally, let’s see if this one does as well…

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