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Following her recent divorce, a writer moves into a new home to begin penning her next book. Little does she know this house has some dark secrets... See more » | Add synopsis »
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Taylor Nicole Adams ... Kelly Garner
Bob Dennis
Steve Diasparra ... Pete Peterson
Ashley Galloway ... Nancy Peterson
Ken Van Sant ... Walter Gilman

Directed by
Brett Piper 
Writing credits
(in alphabetical order)
Brett Piper 

Produced by
Mark Polonia .... producer
Original Music by
Jon Greathouse 
Cinematography by
Matthew S. Smith 


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80 min (original release)


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8 out of 9 people found the following review useful.
Lovecraft meets Harryhausen, 28 April 2013
Author: rcappelletto from United States

*** This review may contain spoilers ***

Dark Sleep is inspired by the short story "Dreams in the Witch House"; I stress the term "Inspired". Only a few of the elements of the original Lovecraft story are present in Piper's script. Not a problem for me, but a lot of Lovecraft fan boys tend to obsess on changes made to the original material. That said, all of the truly fun element of the original Lovecraft story remain: Brown Jenkin, Euclidian Geometry, and Surreal Dream Sequences.

Piper's film follows a young writer who is recently divorced from her husband and is struggling to put her life back together in a new house. And if her life wasn't bad enough, the house she has just moved into has Brown Jenkin living in the walls, and a dimensional portal in the basement.

If you are familiar with the films of Brett Piper you will already know of his use of Old School Stop-motion FXs, which is what really adds to the charm of this production. Sure the acting is forced and stilted; sure the scripting of some of the scenes are overly drawn out and in need of some editing; but in the end Piper delivers what we paid the price of admission for: dumb girls being chased around by claymation monster.

If you want ponderous melodrama then go see Spielberg's Lincoln; if you want to eat popcorn and shout at the screen then see Dark Sleep -- you won't be disappointed.

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