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Parasomnia (2008)

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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.

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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
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Madeline Volpe
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Byron Volpe
Dylan Purcell ...
Danny Sloan
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Laura Baxter
Philip Newby ...
Phil
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Record Store Owner
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Sara
Mekita Faiye ...
Nurse Receptionist
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Billy Dornboss
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Head of Security
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Dr. Emil Corso
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Nurse Margaret Evans
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Young Danny Sloan
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Anne Sloan
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Mrs. Mulliner
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In "Parasomnia," a stylish horror/thriller from director William Malone ("House on Haunted Hill," "Masters of Horror,") Laura Baxter is a young woman, literally a "sleeping beauty," who suffers from a medical condition called "parasomnia." A childhood accident victim, she is actually sleeping her life away, awakening briefly on rare occasions. Art student Danny Sloan falls in love with her, unaware that her hospital neighbor, a terrifying mass murderer and mesmerist named Byron Volpe has other, more sinister plans. Sloan helps Laura escape from her hospital prison only to discover that Volpe is about to enter her dreams. Written by Anonymous

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Rated R for strong bloody violence, language and some nudity | See all certifications »

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Trivia

Director William Malone funded the entire project himself. See more »

Goofs

While Danny is searching for information on Volpe, his screen clearly shows that he is browsing local files rather than internet pages. See more »

Quotes

Billy: Pretty things always have a tragic end. It's one of the laws of nature and only serves to make them more beautiful.
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References Frankenstein (1931) See more »

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Entrance of the Montagues and Capulets
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from the ballet music to "Romeo and Juliet"
Written by Sergei Prokofiev
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Dream-watching
24 September 2010 | by See all my reviews

I am not an expert, but I have heard of Narkolepsy. So while this is something real, the movie still has more of a "dream quality" to is (no pun intended). But even taking that under consideration, it's a shame that not more could have been done with the idea at hand here, which ultimately must have been the directors fault.

The actors are borderline OK, most of the time, though they are not really convincing. The best one of the bunch (Kilpatrick) unfortunately only getting little screen time. One scene between him and Combs was the best the movie had to offer. But too little too late it was by the point the scene took place.

And while we have a wonderful cameo (they have John Landis in there, how did they manage that? OK they called him, but still? The audio commentary wasn't really helpful, just thanking Landis for doing the small bit/part) the characters are dreadful. Their actions are not comprehensible, like talking about something, does not mean it exists, like a feeling -> "I hate/love you" is easily said, but I couldn't say it was delivered in a probable manner or was convincing in any sort of way.

A friend of mine, who watched it too, liked it a bit more than me. And it is shot in a nice fashion, I'll admit that. But the script and the characters could've done with as much care as some of the visuals got ...


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