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Don't Sleep (2017)

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After moving into a cottage together, two young lovers confront the horrors of a forgotten childhood.

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Credited cast:
Cary Elwes ... Dr. Richard Sommers
Drea de Matteo ... Jo Marino
Jill Hennessy ... Cindy Bradford
Dominic Sherwood ... Zach Bradford
Charlbi Dean Kriek ... Shawn Edmon
Alex Rocco ... Mr. Marino
Andrew Caldwell ... Timmy Mickelsen
Dash Williams ... Young Zach
Alex Carter ... Vincent Marino
Marem Hassler ... Sandy Sommers
Jason Alan Smith ... Daniel
Chloe Noelle ... Young Girl
Muriel Minot ... Blind Woman
Riley Lio ... Andre
Sinclaire Schaefer ... Lilah Cross
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Shawn and Zach are young lovers who move into a guest house together on an estate owned by Mr. and Mrs. Marino. When bizarre events begin to occur with increasing danger, Zach slowly remembers a forgotten time in his childhood when he suffered from what appeared to be a severe and violent psychosis - memories erased by as series of electroconvulsive shock treatments administered by his psychiatrist. As the terrors surrounding their lives grow to deadly proportions and innocent people are slaughtered, Zach is forced to question his own sanity and fears for Shawn's safety. Once the threat of psychotic behavior turns into the possibility of demonic possession, Zach is confronted with a horrific reality he never could before have imagined Written by MiNDS i CiNEMA

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Country:

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Language:

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Release Date:

29 September 2017 (USA) See more »

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MiNDS i CiNEMA,Santisound See more »
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Complete waste of time!
30 September 2017 | by stephenw-30180See all my reviews

I'm pretty surprised with the talent of actors like Elwes, DiMatteo and Alex Rocco of "God Father" fame would be in a film with such a stupid plot and terrible, Total "B" class production value. This is not to say any of these actors are top notch Hollywood "A" listers. They are, however, talented and have been in some very good films and TV shows.

That said, this is simply one of yet another non-relevant mediocre at best, attempt to delve into a Horror story that tries to be different. Let's face it, it's not the easiest task of creating a "new" type of horror film that has not been done in one way or another 100's X's over. But, every once in a while a really good new film comes out that does manage to be original despite using formats already used many times. (Sinister, The Conjuring, Paranormal activity, Saw, Hostel Deliver us from evil etc)....

It seems as though anyone with a few bucks and a decent camera can write, produce, direct and sell crap dressed up as scary and unique yet, us Horror and Thriller fans pay (with time and $) hoping we find something worth telling your friends about. They are few and far between. If you do tell anyone about this film in the form of a recommendation, make sure you say "steer way clear".

Don't Sleep is no different. Acting was way below par surprisingly. One caveat, in defense of Cary Elwes, he is only in a few scenes. Direction was all over the place and the flashback scenes made no sense. Frankly, it was a boring film that I had to struggle to get through. The makeup (for the Demons/Ghosts?) was akin to something you would expect from a 10 year old kid showing up at your door on Holloween. Yes, it really Is that bad.

I don't like writing spoilers in any of my reviews and won't do that now, although I should and save you all a lot of wasted time and $.

The name of this film should have been "Do sleep"! And there should have been a recommendation at the beginning of the film advising to do just that for the next 97 minutes rather then a quote from Nitsche, which was, BTW, the best part of the film.

Go and rent ANY of the films I mention above if you want to see an original, worthwhile film that will put a fright into you.


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