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Plot: A horror-thriller centered on a woman (Wilson) suffering from a medical condition that causes her to sleep her life away, waking briefly on rare occasions. Runtime: 103 mins Release Date: 17 Oct 2008
So I saw this film at Screamfest in Los Angeles a couple of months ago. I enjoyed the film a lot, but I usually do not write reviews so a nice night out was all that was going to come of it. Anyway, I came across an article about the real condition of parasomnia, and now I can't stop thinking about the movie. When I saw it, I just figured it was a re- telling of the sleeping beauty story in an updated fashion. What I didn't know at the time was that the real condition of parasomnia has ordinary people doing crazy things in their sleep. The article I read was from the NY Times I <more>
believe, and it was a whole study on how people do absurd and often violent things while dreaming and can't remember a thing in the morning. Their dreams are so realistic they can't discern reality from fiction. ANYWAY, knowing this now I must say the film really takes the images of dreams and turns them into something so much more terrifying. The dream sequences have amazing visuals, and images that on their own are quite amazing. It is however, a lot more terrifying to know that people with this disorder could actually be going through the same thing as the main character of this film. It would be a living hell!! On its own the film was really fun to watch, and had some really tense moments. There is also a sequence at the end that involves some strange props vague I know, but I'm trying to spoil it which are really unsettling. Definitely worth a watch if you like horror films that do not rely on lame CGI, and like films that have great visuals.
Hollywood misses the boat again and we lose... Again. Great film we won't see!! (by petervenkman57)
OK, I'm now convinced that, not only is Hollywood illiterate but now they don't even know how to watch movies. Why doesn't his movie have a big release in this country? While visiting with a friend in L. A., I saw this at a special screening in Hollywood at the Egyptian Theater. The director said they were still looking for a distributor. A fact I find unbelievable. I had never heard of this film yet what I saw lit up in the dark was one of the best... I was going to say horror movies... but JUST PLAIN MOVIES that I've seen. Instead Hollywood gives us over-blown remakes of <more>
remakes. This is one of the most original, fun, and entertaining films I've ever watched. Are these guys asleep at the switch? This movie is really interesting because it starts out slowly and then begins turning the thumb screws down until you're about to yell. We see this kid Danny through a series of very bad decisions... get himself deeper and deeper into a hole until you wonder how he's ever going to be able to get out of it. What's cool is his actions are completely understandable because of his obsession with this sleeping girl.. The chick who plays her is VERY HOT!!!! BTW . This movie does something that you just don't see in movies now. The build to the end gets more and more intense and reveals more layers and convolutions than a Nixon investigation. I'm not going to say more than that, 'cause I don't want to give anything away but the last half of this movie is just plain great. This has one of the best endings in a film ever. Judging from the films I've seen in the last few years this must be hard to do. The look and mood of the film is unique. The movie is lush and creepy like a dream that you don't want to wake up from. You just want to go back there and revisit those places and live in that world with those people.OK, I'm gong to be kind and imagine that Warner Bros, Sony, MGM, 20th Century Fox and all those guys have never heard of this film either... Yeah.. That's it.
Little Seen, Little Known B-Horror-Movie that is Big on just about Everything Else. It is Rich in Style as it Presents a Hybrid of Horror's Conventional Characters Caligari, Svengali, Serial Killers .It is an Ultra-Stylish, High-Concept, Artsy Movie that has Brains. It is All so Well Done for the Budget it makes Mega-Money Films like the Saw Series Pale in Comparison. It Delivers Slasher Scenes with Ultra-Gore, Dream Sequences that are Artistic and Surreal with Creepy Characters and even Creepier Sets.The Acting is Fine with Cameos from Well Knowns and the Unknown Young Lead Actors are <more>
Superb. The SFX, Set-Designs, and Makeup are All Above Average as is the Eerie Atmosphere and Dread.A Fantastic Fantasy Film that is Underrated and is Probably Destined for Cult Status. There is So Much Eye Candy here and Along with the Quirky Style is Bound to Please Fans of this Type. Kudos to All Involved in this Killer Collection of Grade A Grand Guignol. This is a Movie Waiting to be Discovered because it is so Much Better than what Passes as Mega Money Makers Like the Paranormal Series and Other Franchise Fakers. This is the Real B-Movie Deal. Great Ending.
An odd quirky film that takes horror a GREAT new direction. (by GoneNuclear)
I just saw this at Screamfest LA at the Chinese Theatre in Hollywood. I wasn't sure if this was going to be good or not from what I'd heard. I just went in and let the film wash over me. Three days later, I still can't shake it. This may be one of the best film experiences I've had in years. Yes, it's got the usual things that you'd expect out of a horror movie... gruesome murders, naked chicks, insane maniacs... but it also has a great plot, twitchy characters and the weirdest bunch of robots or clockwork men or whatever the hell they are, I've ever seen. The cast <more>
was uniformly good. Standout performances by Timothy Bottoms and Jefrrey Combs. The two leads were excellent. My friend thought the movie took a while to get going though I liked it as is . We both felt the same about the ending. I'm not going to tell you too much about it except to say the last 30 minutes or so of this film left me stunned. Awesome ending!!! Not that this is a perfect film.... it's not, but it's damn close. I have to see this again. Did I dream this movie?
Danny Sloan Dylan Purcell is an art student who is visiting a friend, Billy Dornbuss Dov Tiefenbach in rehab when he stops off to look at a serial killer in a padded cell, and a girl he once knew from child hood suffering from Kleine-Levin, accompanied by catalepsy, a car accident causing her chronic narcolepsy . The villain of the film is a serial killer named Byron Volpe Patrick Kilpatrick, just oozing menace , a talented by evil mesmerist who uses his powers to cause death and destruction, his eyes black as night. Danny kidnaps parasomniac Laura Baxter the cherubic, porcelain-skinned <more>
Cherilyn Wilson fearing that a sleep doctor known for his patients dying on him might harm her. When Danny discovers that Volpe is haunting Laura's nightmares while she's asleep, causing her to kill while under a type of hypnosis, he decides to purchase a gun and raid Byron's padded cell to end his reign of terror..but, all doesn't go according to plan. Interference from a security guard and a nurse Volpe induces his spell on halt Danny from shooting Byron and he eventually escapes. Meanwhile, Detective Garrett Jeffrey Combs is hunting for Danny, believing he had something to do with the murder of a partner found butchered in Sloan's apartment. Volpe's goal is simple, to force Laura and Danny apart by his powers of suggestion so he can have her all to himself.William Malone may've finally done it. PARASOMNIA is the film that Malone has come close to over the years, but he needed the right kind of material to go with his stunning visual style and art direction. He also aligns himself with one hell of a cast, with a likable Purcell as the young hero in love with the gorgeous Wilson, also providing Kilpatrick with his best part in ages. Combs has also starred in Malone's FEARDOTCOM & HOUSE ON HAUNTED HILL, and he adds the idiosyncratic gum chewing as a trait that distinguishes his nervy detective, bummed that he must continue to come across bloody crime scenes. Tiefenbach has another memorable weirdo, his Dornbuss a quiet-voiced metal-artist whose works are used by Volpe at the end for two "orchestral symphonies" featuring two kidnapped pretty violinists playing classical tunes while "assistants" made out of metal scrap parts and other junk yard objects turn devices which accompany the music. Timothy Bottoms has a small role as one of Laura's caring doctors who explains her condition to Danny and later, at the end, to Danny's music-loving rock aficionado pal, Phil Philip Newby . Sean Young has a cameo, and does it leave an impact opening the film, expressing Volpe's insane abilities to cause humans to do whatever he so wishes, including suicide. As with any Malone film, there are these really disturbing images which make you shudder, coming in the form of these creatures which pop up in Laura's Volpe-controlled nightmares, mirrors off the ground and moving in a clock-wise motion also distinctive when we get a glimpse inside what she must endure when not given brief moments of freedom awake. John Landis American WEREWOLF IN London has a funny cameo as a store owner, annoyed at discovering another "vagrant" Laura, in this case sleeping in a bed inside his establishment. Malone should be proud of this movie, because it very well could be his finest hour as a director..unlike films of the past, PARASOMNIA doesn't wallow in unpleasantness although it certainly has a nasty psychopath, probably Malone's most effective human monster even though, Stephen Rea wasn't no boy scout .
Very good but not to mainstream viewers (by mattiasfyhr)
At first glance the movie might seem like its using clichéd motifs & themes, like "boy meets girl" and "the intelligent serial killer". In fact it uses these to create something new. But in order to appreciate it one has to to know a little horror and to think a little for oneself - not much, no riddles here, its just that unless you've seen a lot of horror movies and read horror literature, you will probably not see whats new here. So, what is new, you might ask. Well, for instance: a serial killer who is in fact a mesmerizer, which together with the focus on <more>
dolls and automatons puts us back to the early 19th century, with stories such as "Der Sandmann" by Hoffmann.This is not a movie for the viewer whose experience in horror movies only encompasses the new sequel to "The Texas Chainsaw Massacre", "Paranormal Activity" etc, and feels violated when a movie doesn't explain everything at all time not that there's any riddles here , and, on top of it, if one dislike movies that don't actively grab the viewer by the collar, making up for his/her innate lack of engagement, then one is bound to be disappointed in this movie. Which is a good thing since mainstream movies that fulfill these criteria will never last especially long.This is an intelligent, Gothic, movie, for the connoisseur. :-