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Don't Go to Sleep (1982)

A young girl begins seeing the ghost of her sister who died in an accident a year earlier.

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Richard Lang

Writer:

Ned Wynn
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Cast

Cast overview:
Dennis Weaver ... Phillip
Valerie Harper ... Laura
Robin Ignico Robin Ignico ... Mary
Kristin Cumming ... Jennifer
Oliver Robins ... Kevin
Claudette Nevins ... Dr. Robin Samuel
Ruth Gordon ... Bernice
Robert Webber ... Dr. Cole
Marilyn Coleman Marilyn Coleman ... Sarah
Tim Haldeman ... Intern
Haven Earle Haley Haven Earle Haley ... Priest
Ned Wynn Ned Wynn ... Paramedic
Ross Porter Ross Porter ... Radio Sportscaster (voice)
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Storyline

A young girl (Mary) and her family move into a new home along with her Grandmother. The Family have recently been recovering from the loss of their daughter (Jennifer). The family Members are; The mother- Laura, The father-Philip, The little Girl- Mary, The little Boy- Kevin and their Grandmother. Written by Ruby Frost

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Mary thinks there is something alive under her bed. Mary is right.

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Horror | Mystery

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

10 December 1982 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

No te vayas a dormir See more »

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Mono

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.33 : 1
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The address of the house the family moves into is "13666." See more »

Quotes

Bernice: [after seeing Mary's bed on fire] The kid shouldn't have been smoking in bed!
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Very good for a TV movie
22 April 2008 | by jdollakSee all my reviews

I've rated this movie higher than I would if it were theatrically released. One of the biggest problems with nearly every TV movie is pacing. Arranging the story so there is enough suspense to keep an audience through commercials tends to create awkward pacing, and this movie is no exception. But the movie has enough of a story to keep things moving forward. Direction is largely competent, except for a very poor opening credits sequence. Script is also acceptable. Characters are not especially likable, but in a story like this, that doesn't matter much.

There are two scenes that especially stuck in my memory as a child; the first being the frisbee scene. The second was the pizza cutter. Given the lack of real menace in the movie, the direction was surprisingly effective in making things creepy.

I only wish that made-for-TV productions kept this sort of sensibility.

Entirely worth tracking down for aficionados of early 80s horror.


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