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A nightmare is a dream that can cause a strong negative emotional response from the sleeper, typically fear and/or horror. The dream may contain situations of danger, discomfort, psychological or physical terror. Sufferers usually awaken in a state of distress and may be unable to return to sleep for a prolonged period of time. Nightmares can have physical causes such as sleeping in an uncomfortable or awkward position, having a fever, or psychological causes such as stress and anxiety. Eating before bed, which triggers an increase in the body's metabolism and brain activity, is a potential stimulus for nightmares.

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  • Freddy vs. Jason: Jason Voorhees has a dream wherein he stalks and kills a young camp counselor named Heather by pinning her to a tree with a machete. As she dies, her face morphs into images of other people that Jason has killed. Lori Campbell has a dream in a police station where she sees blood dripping from the ceiling, and then a little girl with no eyes warning her that Freddy Krueger is coming. Blake Mueller has a dream wherein Freddy attacks him as a shadow, but Freddy is too weak at this point to kill him. A drunken Gibb Smith passes out in a corn field and has a dream that she is inside Freddy's boiler room where he terrorizes her. Mark Davis has a dream of his brother's suicide. Freddy sets Mark on fire and burns the words "Freddy's back" on to his back. Stoner Bill Freeburg has a waking dream wherein Freddy appears before him as a caterpillar. A tranquilized Jason Voorhees dreams of the childhood incident wherein he drowned. Freddy torments him by pushing him down into the lake. Lori Campbell dreams of trying to help Jason, then dreams of being attacked by Freddy in her own home. She pulls Freddy out of her dream.
  • Friday the 13th (1980): Alice Hardy experienced a night of sheer terror and depravity when a woman named Pamela Voorhees began slaughtering all of the counselors at Camp Crystal Lake. Alice survived only by decapitating Voorhees with a machete. Afterward, she took a rowboat into the middle of the lake where she passed out. She dreamed of Pamela's late son, Jason Voorhees, whose deformed body lunged out of the lake to attack her.
  • Friday the 13th Part 2: Even two months after the harrowing experience at Camp Crystal Lake, Alice Hardy still suffered intense nightmares of her final conflict with the madwoman Pamela Voorhees. In the dream she recalled being terrorized by Pamela and discovering the bodies of boyfriend Steve Christy as well as camp cook Annie before beheading Mrs. Voorhees with a machete. She also dreamed of the dream she had wherein the moldy body of Jason Voorhees emerged from Crystal Lake to attack her.

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