It is probably indicative of Beyond Bedlam that star Elizabeth Hurley who just subsequent to making the film became a highly successful Estee Lauder model and an A-list actress took legal action to prevent the films release. Although why she bothered is a big question Beyond Bedlam is too dull a film to be terrible. As with all of the John Brosnan film adaptations, Beyond Bedlam is a rip-off of other films having clearly been dreamt up as an exercise in crossbreeding The Silence of the Lambs (1991) with A Nightmare on Elm Street (1984). There is a gem of an idea at the centre of it but the script fails to make any sense it never explains how Gilmour is able to take control of dreams and, as is the case with many Elm Street copies, the lines between dream and reality are blurred so often that what goes on becomes incomprehensible.
A large deal of the problem can be laid at the feet of the dreary direction of Vadim Jean who had just come from the success of the black comedy Leon the Pig Farmer (1993), which had attained some success on the festival circuit. Here however Vadim Jean is lacking in any imagination. Even bad Elm Street copies at least had the recompense of occasional moments of loopy surrealism but Jean lacks even that. There are one or two moments that might have been looked better if directed with a less pedestrian hand like where Craig Fairbrass is unsure if Zoe Heyes is dead or not; the dead Miss Coope confessing to incest; and especially the appearances of Anita Dobson as Craig Fairbrasss mother, going through a repetitive cycle of making cups of tea while wearing a big bloody bullet hole in the front of her dress. The rest of the film plods its way to a thoroughly uninteresting conclusion.
Vadim Jean spent the next decade making a handful of films that hardly appear to have been seen. He did however return to some success with genre material, directing and adapting a series of tv productions based on Terry Pratchetts comic fantasy Discworld books with Hogfather (2006) and The Colour of Magic (2008), as well as producing a third adaptation Going Postal (2010).