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  • Rated R

independent, special interest

Laura Baxter (Cherilyn Wilson) suffers from parasomnia, a bizarre medical condition that keeps her trapped in an almost constant dream state.

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3 stars

Yet another movie I watched to catch up on my Combs filmography. Ok the movie was bad, not even fun. Odd guy falls in love with a woman who only wakes up once a day and there's a psycho with hypnotic powers who has claim on her. The acting through most of the movie by the two main characters sucked but the idea of the film was good. The ending part was worth the wait as the bad guy rocked, Combs added substance to his character by going insane, and the musical score Dance of the Knights from Romeo & Juliet was well paired with the puppets. Do yourself a favor and FF to the last 15 min or so.

- zenmaster112, Wednesday, January 11, 2012

3 stars

My forth movie in 24 hours dealing with dreams or alternate worlds has me feeling like I am dreaming. Maybe I'm just tired though. However, that doens't take away from William Malone's great new horror movie/thriller. While at first I didn't like the dream sequences, they grew on me and towards the end I couldn't wait to see what Laura Baxter (the amazing and beautiful newcomer Cherilyn Wilson) would dream up next. Having the disease of parasomnia that keeps her asleep for several hours or days at a time, her dreams were easily forced onto her by a psychotic book store owner named Byron Volpe (Patrick Kilpatrick) who is only wanting her to be his servant. Is that too much to ask? Apparently it was for Danny Sloan who falls in love with the nearly helpless heroine. Danny is played exceptionally by Dylan Purcell, another newcomer to the horror genre. Jeffery Combs puts in a memorable performance as Detective Garrett, reminiscent of his job as Detective Dammers in Peter Jackson's The Frigheners. Jeffery Combs is slowly turning into a Bruce Campbell type of character actor, and trust me, that isn't a bad thing! This veteran of horror and genre films has the ability to make anything he is in better than it would be without him. Now Sean Young on the other hand? Well, we probably could have did with out her, I mean anybody could have played Volpe's wife really. The effets in this movie are quite good, especially the gore and splatter effects. Included here are a disembowelment, a fist through the head, several stabbings and slicings and a bullet through the side of the face. The creatures Volpe makes poor Laura dream up are creepy and deadly all together. William Malone strikes again in my opinion with latest in a line of well written and directed modern horror films. The ending was't the greatest and that cost it half a star, but the rest of the movie made up for it making it a movie that I will be watching again in the future, and hopefully not in my dreams!

- shawndeeds, Sunday, August 1, 2010

4 stars

An entertaining stylish and bloody thriller not without it's flaws. But where it lacks in plausibility it makes up for it with it's creepy and surreal imagery, nicley tuned atmosphere and a whole lot of heart. It's just a shame this film is being overlooked by the horror community. Give it a glance, you might like what you see.

- PumpkinGetsASnakeBite, Thursday, December 30, 2010