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Harley Cokliss' Dream Demon
11 June 2002 | by (North Dakota) – See all my reviews

Director and cowriter Harley Cokliss assembles a small cast in a

creepy house and delivers enough scares to recommend this little

sleeper.

Jemma Redgrave, a cousin of the other acting Redgraves, is a

virgin about to marry a Falklands War (anyone remember that?)

veteran. He has bought her a new house that used to be

apartments. A tabloid reporter and his oily photog sidekick begin

bothering the soon-to-be bride, and she takes in an American

(played very well by the underrated Kathleen Wilhoite). Wilhoite is

trying to regain her childhood memories, and she thinks she grew

up in Redgrave's house. Soon, the photog goes missing,

Redgrave and Wilhoite are able to pull one another into their

dreams where they both try to help a blonde haired little girl who is

being abused by her father. This culminates in a finale you kind of

see coming.

Cokliss keeps his cast very small, and that works. There are no

extra characters or red herrings thrown in to confuse you about the

identity of the blonde girl. The setting is very good, with a lot of

action taking place in broad daylight. The scares mostly consist of

very effective (and un-CGI) cheap special effects. A change in the

lighting, or the photog appearing again and again as his face

dissolves are very creepy without overwhelming the suspense

(like "The Haunting" remake). Wilhoite, who I have seen mostly on

TV, is great here, making a small little horror film seem a little

more important than it is.

The film does get into Freddy Krueger territory once in a while,

when Redgrave begs Wilhoite not to let her sleep, and there are

too many scenes where you are supposed to believe the subjects

are awake, when in fact you know they are dreaming and

something bad is about to happen. Redgrave is good, but is

outshined by Wilhoite.

The title is a misnomer as well, since there really is not a demon

in the film. This is entertaining enough, especially if you have

nothing else to do, and you might get a few scares out of it. I will

recommend it.

This is rated (R) for physical violence, sexual violence, gore,

profanity, brief female nudity, and sexual references.


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