Isn't it great when you watch a movie that you have absolutely no expectations for, and don't know anything about, and it ends up being fantastic? I dedicate a lot of time to finding these gems, and I only come across something like Dreamscape 1 in around 20 times. This is a very underrated, and forgotten movie, and I feel a little embarrassed that I'm just discovering it now.I came across this movie during one of my routine rummages through Wikipedia, looking at movies that were nominated for Saturn awards. This one was nominated for best horror movie. When I looked at it closer, it's got a competent director, a competent writer, some really great actors, it got good reviews, and made money at the box office. Those are all good signs, so I gave it a try.This movie more than surprised me. Usually when I watch a movie that I've never heard of, it's because it's not very good. There might be some good things about it, like maybe it has some good scenes mixed in with boring ones, but this one was good all the way through. I was expecting it to completely fall apart in the last 20 minutes, which usually explains why the movie hasn't held up over time, but it didn't. Is it possible that other people know about this movie but somehow I've just never come across it?It had great dialogue. The characters were smart, and real. The movie didn't rely on easy, predictable scenarios, and kept me wanting more. It was an interesting premise, and took the premise in interesting directions. It's written for a smart audience.The pacing of the movie was also really spot on. Each scene took just long enough to make it's point, then it moved on. It was a fairly short movie, so obviously they had plenty of footage to work with and they cut it efficiently.Look at the actors in this line-up, they're all beauties. Dennis Quaid is hit and miss sometimes, but he plays a really cocky character here so it works. Christopher Plummer plays the rich asshole, which we all know works perfectly. This is a little obscure, but the bad guy is the weasel-y guy from Commando that Arnold eventually drops off the cliff. He's been in a few things and he's awesome. Max von Sydow is the wise-old professor type guy, which is the same role that he plays in everything. Perfect casting.The special effects are kinda weak at some parts, but it doesn't ruin the scene. A lot of the dream sequences are actually really cool. It's nice when a good director gets a chance to do something really surreal in a realistic movie. I've seen a few movies that this guy directed, and they're pretty solid, but this has to be his best. There's a bunch I haven't seen so I can't say for sure though. Maybe I'll check out some others. I've seen The Good Son though, and it's a beauty too. It's cheezy as hell, but it's pretty sweet.Anyway, this definitely isn't a horror movie, more like a science fiction-thriller, but it's good. It satisfied me completely. This is a grade-A hidden gem.