The dream: Hello, Dali! A surrealist salmagundi courtesy of the thin-mustached artist and Alfred Hitchcock, replete with giant eyes, faceless men, nightmarish dreamscapes, and amoeba-shaped wagon-wheels.
Dr. EW says: ”Zis dream is just a manifestation of the guilt you feel for failing your high school art history class.”
The dream: Probably the single most famous scene ever added to a director?s cut. Features a pretty unicorn.
Dr. EW says: ”You’re either a sexually frustrated adolescent or a replicant.”
The dream: A grave. A hand. Reaching. Grabbing.
Dr. EW says: ”Just when you think you’re out, they keep pulling you back in.”
The Big Lebowski
The dream: The Dude hallucinates himself as the star of a bowling themed porno, as Kenny Rogers sings in the background.
Dr. EW says: ”Maybe you should lay off the White Russians and weed.”
The dream: Guido, director Federico Fellini?s stand-in, daydreams of life in a harem populated by all the women he has ever slept with.
Dr. EW says: ”Dreaming about all the sexual acts of your past is representative of your desire to smoke a cigar.”
An American Werewolf in London
The dream: A squadron of drooling, disfigured monsters in Nazi uniforms break into an idyllic suburban home, shoot the children, and slit the main character?s throat.
Dr. EW says: ”Interesting, interesting. Could you possibly wait outside for a moment; I have to make a quick phone call?Hello, police?”
The dream: Tom Cruise wanders through a deserted Times Square, the only person left in Manhattan.
Dr. EW says: ”The empty city is your empty marriage. Consider a move to the suburbs.”
The dream: A loving parody of his idols Bergman and Fellini, a crucified Woody Allen is carried down a city street by a group of monastics, and as they try to parallel park him into a space, another cross-bearing crew wheels in and takes it.
Dr. EW says: ”I hate to bring this up, but were you ever abused by a priest or a driving instructor?”
The dream: This sequence from Ingmar Bergman?s classic film features this bleak vision of handless clocks, melting strangers, and meeting your own corpse. Just another day in Sweden!
Dr. EW says: ”Clearly you are dead, so please get off my couch.”
Pee Wee’s Big Adventure
The dream: Clowns dressed as doctors perform surgery on Pee-Wee’s bike. Like all clowns, they are scary.
Dr. EW says: ”Coulrophobia is nothing to be ashamed of. All great leaders were afraid of clowns. Ze key is to not let that fear CONTROL you, the way that it controls ze bicycle.”
The Manchurian Candidate
The dream: Several soldiers share a brainwashing nightmare, in which kindly old ladies keep transforming into communist conspirators.
Dr. EW says: ”Either you’re a paranoid schizohrenic, or your grandmother was political.”
The Science of Sleep
The dream: One of many oneiric romps in Michel Gondry?s ode to dreams, Gael Garcia Bernal?s hands grow to freakish proportions and he swims over a pop-up book version of Paris.
Dr. EW says: ”In zis dream, ze hands represent your ears, which are enormous.”
Nightmare on Elm Street 3: Dream Warriors
The dream: Of all the gruesome deaths in this series, it?s hard to pick the most memorable, even just in this sequel (”Welcome to prime time, bitch!”), but if pressed it?d have to be this one in which Freddy uses his victim?s veins like puppet strings and marionettes him out a window to his death.
Dr. EW says: ”You appear to be at odds with ze idea of somebody controlling you. Do you have a boss that you dislike? Does he happen to be a burn victim who wears sweaters and a fedora?”
The dream: Jonathan Pryce’s company-man dreams of flying through a city, searching for a woman, and fighting monsters.
Dr. EW says: ”I haven’t seen a Hawkman fetish this bad since the ?50s.”
Earth Girls Are Easy
The dream: After sleeping with an alien Jeff Goldblum, Geena Davis has a phantasmagoric vision of bizarre extraterrestrials invading her home and, awesomely, of a screaming midget eating Cap’n Crunch in her refrigerator.
Dr. EW says: ”Zis is actually a very common reaction to having sex with ze Jeff Goldblum.”
The dream: See, Dr. EW was right! This is the second sequence on this list in which Geena Davis has nightmares related to Jeff Goldblum sex and its consequences. In this one, her character dreams that she gives birth to a giant, writhing maggot.
Dr. EW says: ”Maybe you should consider adopting.”
The dream: Frazzle-haired Henry has a difficult time coping with the strain of fatherhood. (If you saw his baby, you’d understand.) Lying on his bed, he drowsily fantasizes about a woman living in his radiator, singing a song with the cheery title, ”In Heaven, Everything Is Fine.”
Dr. EW says: ”Ze puffed-out cheeks of the radiator woman are filled with ze empty promises of your mother. Tell me about her.”
Kung Fu Panda
The dream: Jack Black’s Po dreams about kicking butt, Kung Fu style, in this gorgeous 2-D prologue.
Dr. EW says: ”Is it martial arts you want to conquer, or is it your fear of parental inadequacy?”
The dream: A drugged out Justin Timberlake sings The Killers and dances with peroxide blondes.
Dr. EW says: ”The blond women represent your repressed sexuality. The Killers represent your repressed depression. Justin Timberlake represents your repressed desire to be Justin Timberlake.”
The dream: Leonardo DiCaprio?s cop character holds his wife as she disintegrates into ash.
Dr. EW says: ”Your wife is cheating on you and deep down your subconscious knows it. On a related note, can I get my pipe back? I left it on ze nightstand.”