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The Hidden Room Dangerous Dreams

Creepy anthology series -- like most Lifetime productions, aimed at female viewers -- enters its second season featuring "L.A. Law" vet Amanda Donohoe as Martha, a suburban housewife.

Creepy anthology series — like most Lifetime productions, aimed at female viewers — enters its second season featuring “L.A. Law” vet Amanda Donohoe as Martha, a suburban housewife.

She’s just married a widower (Geraint Wyn Davies), whose teenage daughter (Sarah Polley) deeply resents her mother’s accidental death. Tension between stepmother and daughter leads to a series of nightmares for Martha, which turn intopremonitions of disasters affecting the family. Is she committing the acts while sleepwalking, or is there another answer?

All comes clear within a tightly paced half-hour, though those who sneer at the possibility of supernatural experiences might find the answer less than satisfactory.

Naomi Janzen’s script (from a story by Jeremy Lipp) has the tension and dramatic line of a good short story, nicely realized onscreen by director Eleanor Lindo. Donohoe and Polley are leading — and best-realized — characters in a cast that also includes Janet-Laine Green as Martha’s best friend and Geza Kovaks as a threatening stranger.

Tech credits and Toronto locations are unimpressive; it looks as though much of episode’s budget was spent on a couple of special

effects shots. Story is so compelling, though, that such becomes a minor reservation.

The Hidden Room Dangerous Dreams

(Sat. (12) 10-10:30 p.m., Lifetime)

  • Production: Filmed in Toronto by Chesler/Perlmutter Prods. in association with Lifetime Television. Executive producers, Lewis Chesler, David Perlmutter; co-executive producer, Jeremy Lipp; supervising producer, Tab Baird; director, Eleanor Lindo; script, Naomi Janzen, from story by Jeremy Lipp.
  • Crew: Camera, Richard Wincenty; editor, Greg Roulston; production designer, Gavin Mitchell; art director, Rolf Harvey; sound, Thomas Hidderley, Michael Baskerville, Jamie Sulek; music, Paul Hoffert, David Hoffert.
  • Cast: Cast: Amanda Donohoe, Geraint Wyn Davies, Janet-Laine Green, Sarah Polley, Geza Kovaks.
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