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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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William Malone

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William Malone
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Sean Young ... Madeline Volpe
Patrick Kilpatrick ... Byron Volpe
Dylan McKnight Dylan McKnight ... Danny Sloan (as Dylan Purcell)
Cherilyn Wilson ... Laura Baxter
Philip Newby Philip Newby ... Phil
David Ury ... Record Store Owner
Janet Tracy Keijser ... Sara
Mekita Faiye Mekita Faiye ... Nurse Receptionist
Dov Tiefenbach ... Billy Dornboss
Malcolm Foster Smith ... Head of Security
Timothy Bottoms ... Dr. Emil Corso
Kathryn Leigh Scott ... Nurse Margaret Evans
Brennan Bailey ... Young Danny Sloan
Danielle Langlois ... Anne Sloan
Valorie Hubbard ... Mrs. Mulliner
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Storyline

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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Genres:

Horror | Thriller

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

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

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Details

Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

17 October 2008 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Das Dornröschen Massaker See more »

Filming Locations:

Los Angeles, California, USA

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Technical Specs

Runtime:

(European Film Market)

Sound Mix:

Dolby Digital

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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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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Crazy Credits

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

Connections

References Frankenstein (1931) See more »

Soundtracks

Entrance of the Montagues and Capulets
(uncredited)
from the ballet music to "Romeo and Juliet"
Written by Sergei Prokofiev
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9 January 2009 | by twizzfactorSee all my reviews

So I saw this film at Screamfest in Los Angeles a couple of months ago. I enjoyed the film a lot, but I usually do not write reviews so a nice night out was all that was going to come of it. Anyway, I came across an article about the real condition of parasomnia, and now I can't stop thinking about the movie. When I saw it, I just figured it was a re- telling of the sleeping beauty story in an updated fashion. What I didn't know at the time was that the real condition of parasomnia has ordinary people doing crazy things in their sleep. The article I read was from the NY Times I believe, and it was a whole study on how people do absurd and often violent things while dreaming and can't remember a thing in the morning. Their dreams are so realistic they can't discern reality from fiction. ANYWAY, knowing this now I must say the film really takes the images of dreams and turns them into something so much more terrifying. The dream sequences have amazing visuals, and images that on their own are quite amazing. It is however, a lot more terrifying to know that people with this disorder could actually be going through the same thing as the main character of this film. It would be a living hell!! On its own the film was really fun to watch, and had some really tense moments. There is also a sequence at the end that involves some strange props (vague I know, but I'm trying to spoil it) which are really unsettling. Definitely worth a watch if you like horror films that do not rely on lame CGI, and like films that have great visuals.


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