Witness from Beyond
Crista (Marg Helgenberger) thought that things were finally working out for her and her daughter Jennie (Taylor Fry) when she met and married the handsome George Westfield (Christopher Reeve). But for George Crista's devotion to her daughter ends up becoming an issue as she ends up a nuisance at times. When Jennie dies whilst paddling in an inflatable boat on a lake it leaves Crista traumatised but also convinced she is being communicated with by the spirit of her daughter who tells her that George caused her death. But now Crista must find away of proving it with out people thinking she has gone crazy.
Whilst made over 25 years ago "Death Dreams" is one of those made for TV movies which are likely to entertain those who haven't watched a lot of TV movies because for those who have there is certainly an air of familiarity about it. To put it simply I need more than all my fingers and toes to count how many thrillers I have watched which features someone appearing to be contacted by a recently departed loved one who is trying to warn them as to what happened to them. As such whilst "Death Dreams" doesn't lay everything on a plate when it comes to what happened it doesn't actually surprise you too much when we do learn what happened thanks to the double combo of sinister acting and a director who over focuses on it.
But despite this "Death Dreams" is still kind of entertaining because it features Christopher Reeve in a dark role. Now I am not going to tell you that Reeve makes for a great bad guy, he isn't subtle enough to make it work, but he certainly did sinister and foreboding which is exactly what the movie needed to be entertaining. And in truth Marg Helgenberger does a nice job of making Crista appear slightly crazed in the scenes where she appears to be talking to the spirit of her dead child.
What this all boils down to is that "Death Dreams" is simply one of those 90's TV movies which whilst pretty obvious is also a little entertaining due to its dark performances especially from Christopher Reeve who due to his physique is quite foreboding and controlling in this.