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Parasomnia (2008)

R  |   |  Horror, Thriller  |  17 October 2008 (USA)
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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 overview, first billed only:
Madeline Volpe
Byron Volpe
Dylan Purcell ...
Danny Sloan
Laura Baxter
Philip Newby ...
Record Store Owner
Mekita Faiye ...
Nurse Receptionist
Billy Dornboss
Head of Security
Dr. Emil Corso
Nurse Margaret Evans
Young Danny Sloan
Anne Sloan
Mrs. Mulliner


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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Release Date:

17 October 2008 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Das Dornröschen Massaker  »

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Filmed on the same stage as 'House on Haunted Hill (1999)', another project William Malone directed. See more »


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


Byron Volpe: Shes mine in time, in time shes mine.
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Crazy Credits

Guy who did a whole bunch of stuff - Robert Parigi See more »


References Masters of Horror (2005) See more »


You're The Girl
Performed by The Bossmen
Written by Dick Wagner
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Above average horror movie hybrid of The Cell meets Silence of the Lambs meets Tim Burton
3 August 2010 | by (Washington, DC) – See all my reviews

OK so the movie does not have a high budget. The acting from the two younger leads is mediocre at best. But the psycho killer character and the unusual production style are what keep the momentum and interest in this movie going. I found elements of "The Cell", "Silence of the Lambs", and "Saw" all wrapped in one. The quirky style of many scenes in the movie has elements of Tim Burton and "Puppet Master". The creepy and astounding score also lend major points to an otherwise average horror thriller story. The movie was genuinely creepy and somewhat scary at several moments, but scary in a suspenseful way and not so much a frightening way. With the slew of horrible horror movies, high budgets and low, this one definitely stands out as above average and unique in it's own way. If you can get past the amateurish acting of the two young leads and the low budget aspects of the film that are apparent here and there, you will find a fantastic and gripping horror movie.

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