Dreampunk:

Movies and TV

So far, I’ve been talking about dreampunk as a literary genre, but it most definitely has a presence in film and television as well. Actually, watching a few movies or series would be the easiest way to get a feel for the genre to see if you’re a fan.


The Wizard of Oz (1939)


Videodrome (1983)


Brainstorm (1983)


Dreamscape (1984)


Return to Oz (1985)


Brazil (1985)


Raising Arizona (1987)


They Live (1988)


Total Recall (1990)


Jacob’s Ladder (1990)


Twin Peaks (1990–2017)


The City of Lost Children (1995)


Strange Days (1995)


Dark City (1998)


What Dreams May Come (1998)


Being John Malkovich (1999)


eXistenZ (1999)


The Thirteenth Floor (1999)


The Cell (2000)


Donnie Darko (2001)


Vanilla Sky (2001)


The Mighty Boosh (2003–2007)


Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind (2004)


A Scanner Darkly (2006)


The Science of Sleep (2006)


The Number 23 (2007)


Pan’s Labyrinth (2007)


Paprika (2007)


The Imaginarium of Doctor Parnassus (2009)


Franklyn (2009)


Inception (2010)


Scott Pilgrim vs. the World (2010)


Sucker Punch (2011)


The Zero Theorem (2013)


The Congress (2013)


Over the Garden Wall (2014)


Anomalisa (2015)


Mr. Robot (2015–)


Your Name (2016)


Stranger Things (2016–)


Westworld (2016–)


Dream Corp LLC (2016–)


Napping Princess (2017)


Philip K. Dick’s Electric Dreams (2017)


Happy! (2017)


Legion (2017–)


Maniac (2018)


The Hollow (2018)


Black Mirror: Bandersnatch (2019)


Russian Doll (2019)


Undone (2019)


Next: Recurring Motifs