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Parasomnia (2008)

  • Rate: 5.3/10 total 1,348 votes 
  • Genre: Horror | Romance | Thriller
  • Runtime: Germany:103 min (European Film Market)
  • Filming Location: Los Angeles, California, USA
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  • IMDb page: Parasomnia (2008)
  • Rate: 5.3/10 total 1,348 votes 
  • Genre: Horror | Romance | Thriller
  • Runtime: Germany:103 min (European Film Market)
  • Filming Location: Los Angeles, California, USA
  • Director: William Malone
  • Stars: Dylan Purcell, Patrick Kilpatrick and Jeffrey Combs
  • Original Music By: Nicholas Pike   
  • Plot Keyword: Blood | Female Nudity | Self Mutilation | Massacre | Female Killer

Writing Credits By:

    (in alphabetical order)

  • William Malone  writer

Known Trivia

  • Director William Malone funded the entire project himself.
  • Filmed on the same stage as ‘House on Haunted Hill (1999)’, another project William Malone directed.
  • Unknown by some is the fact that this film is not one of the big studio films that the director is noted for, but actually a personal project. Director William Malone (House on Haunted Hill) wrote this while he was working on his Masters of Horror episode “Fair-Haired Child”. He was so taken with the concept that he decided to just make it, rather than taking the usual studio route. He apparently broke the first rule of film-making which is “Never finance your own movies.” One of his friends and he refinanced their houses to fund the project. Interestingly, there is another connection to his MOH episode in that one of the creatures in the film is an unused design from that show. Malone actually built the creature himself for the film. Also, Malone’s High School Garage Band, The Plagues, can be heard on the soundtrack, along with other garage bands from the 1960’s.

Goofs: Revealing mistakes: While Danny is searching for information on Volpe, his screen clearly shows that he is browsing local files rather than internet pages.

Plot: 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. Full summary » |  »

Story: 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  

FullCast & Crew

Produced By:

  • Ambre Elizabeth Earnhart known as associate producer
  • Veronica Hart known as line producer (as Jane Hamilton)
  • Veronica Hart known as producer (as Jane Hamilton)
  • Jon Janotta known as executive producer
  • Staci Layne Wilson known as video segment producer

FullCast & Crew:

  • Dylan Purcell known as Danny Sloan
  • Patrick Kilpatrick known as Byron Volpe
  • Jeffrey Combs known as Detective Garrett
  • Cherilyn Wilson known as Laura Baxter
  • Timothy Bottoms known as Dr. Corso
  • Janet Tracy Keijser known as Sara
  • Kathryn Leigh Scott known as Nurse Evans
  • Brennan Bailey known as Danny – Age 8
  • Dov Tiefenbach known as Billy
  • Alison Brie known as Darcy
  • Katherine Carlsberg known as Miranda
  • Serah D'Laine known as Pretty Young Nurse (as Sarah Laine)
  • Madison Davenport known as Young Laura
  • Jeff Doucette known as Detective Conroy
  • Mekita Faiye known as Nurse / receptionist
  • Enzo Giobbe known as Man in hallway with camera
  • Louis Graham known as Dr. Bhyle
  • Veronica Hart known as TV Reporter (as Jane Hamilton)
  • Valorie Hubbard
  • Ronald Hunter known as Stranger
  • Marty Ingels known as Mr. boudreau
  • Christine Krench known as Sales Clerk
  • John Landis known as Department Store Manager
  • Danielle Langlois known as Anne
  • Sandy Martin
  • Sean McHugh known as Officer #2
  • Ricardo Medina Jr. known as Officer
  • Philip Newby known as Phil
  • Leo Quinones known as Field Reporter
  • Charles Schneider known as Gun selling creep
  • Kent Shocknek known as News Anchor
  • Malcolm Foster Smith known as Security Guard
  • David Ury known as Record Store Owner
  • Sean Young known as Madeline Volpe

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Supporting Department

Makeup Department:
  • Zoe Franklin known as assistant makeup artist
  • Anthony Grow known as special makeup effects artist
  • Charlene Laughter known as key makeup artist

Art Department:

  • Zdzislaw Beksinski known as conceptual artist
  • Aprile Lanza Boettcher known as lead scenic artist
  • Daniel J. Frey known as art
  • Daniel J. Frey known as graphic designer
  • Jason Garner known as conceptual illustrator
  • Aaron Meziere known as swing
  • Dano Moss known as construction coordinator
  • Kristeen Reimnitz known as painter
  • Greg Runnels known as assistant property master
  • Gregory S. Webb known as on-set dresser

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Company

Production Companies:

  • Luminous Processes
  • Rising Storm Productions

Other Companies:

  • Panther Dollies & Cranes  grip and lighting equipment (dollies)
  • Signature Entertainment  production services

Distributors:

  • E1 Entertainment
  • Eagle Films (2008) (non-USA) (all media) (Middle East)
  • HBO Hungary (2009) (Hungary) (TV) (original airing) (Cinemax)
  • KMY Films (2009) (Cambodia) (all media)
  • Murena International (2009) (Russia) (all media)

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Other Stuff

Special Effects:

  • Fantasy II Film Effects (special effects)
  • Obscure Artifacts (automaton suit fabrication)

Visual Effects by:

  • Tony Magaletta known as first assistant cameraman: miniatures, green screen and underwater units
  • William Malone known as digital effects artist
  • Robert Short known as digital effects artist
  • Eric Valente known as digital effects artist
  • Gene Warren III known as digital effects artist
  • Gene Warren III known as visual effects supervisor

Release Date:

  • USA 17 October 2008 (Screamfest Film Festival)
  • USA 7 November 2008 (American Film Market)
  • Germany 10 February 2009 (European Film Market)
  • UK 7 September 2009 (DVD premiere)
  • Hungary 9 October 2009 (TV premiere)
  • Italy 25 November 2009 (DVD premiere)
  • Japan 19 February 2010 (DVD premiere)
  • USA 13 July 2010 (DVD premiere)

MPAA: Rated R for strong bloody violence, language and some nudity

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Filmography links and data courtesy of The Internet Movie Database


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Posted on March 30, 2012 by Harry in Movies | Tags: , , , .

9 Comments

  1. Claudio Carvalho from Rio de Janeiro, Brazil
    30 Mar 2012, 10:56 pm

    While visiting his friend Billy (Dov Tiefenbach) in the rehabilitationof a local psychiatric hospital, the arts student Danny Sloan (DylanPurcell) decides to see the serial killer Byron Volpe (PatrickKilpatrick), who is a deranged hypnotizer that used his ability tocontrol his victims and keeps saying "tick tick" that is arrestedwearing a hood to cover his eyes, in a cell in the end of the corridor.When he passes by the room of Laura Baxter (Cherilyn Wilson), hebecomes fascinated with her angelical beauty and discovers that she hasParasomnia or the Sleeping Beauty syndrome, sleeping most of the timeand awaking briefly on a few moments only. Billy visits the girl inother occasions falling in love with her; when he finds that she willbe transferred to serve as experiment in a clinic with bad reputation,he decides to abduct Laura and bring her to his apartment. However,Byron also loves Laura and controls her nightmares, and uses his powerto bring her back to him in a trail of blood.

    First of all, the weird "Parasomnia" definitely has potential ofcult-movie. The absurd and odd story begins like a romantic tale (Ibelieved it would be an update of Sleeping Beauty), introducing thegorgeous and lovely Cherilyn Wilson (her breasts are perfect); shiftsto horror, supported by a magnificently bizarre cinematography thatrecalls in some moments Guillermo Del Toro's "El Laberinto del Fauno";a cameo of Sean Young and John Landis; the cult Jeffrey Combs in therole of Detective Garrett; and a creepy and evil villain, performed byPatrick Kilpatrick. The overture of "Romeo and Juliet" is used in oneof the most bizarre, disturbing and imaginative scenes I have ever seenin a horror movie. Last but not the least, there are lots of gore tosatisfy the fans. My vote is seven.

    Title (Brazil): "Sonâmbulos" ("Sleepwalkers")

  2. BenjAii from Dublin, Ireland
    30 Mar 2012, 10:56 pm

    It's somewhat telling that most of the great reviews for the film onIMDb all come from people who have only reviewed one film in theirentire IMDb career and yes you've guessed it, that film is"Parasomnia". I've often suspected suspiciously good reviews on IMDbfor what turns out to be an anything but good films as underhandmarketing , but it seems fairly transparent in this case.

    That's not to say Parasomnia is terrible, but it stops well short ofbeing the good or great film it had the potential to be.

    On the plus side, it has a great baddie in Patrick Kilpatrick who doesa brilliant job projecting menacing and evil, I could easily see himhaving what it takes to play a truly memorable baddie on a par withHannibal Lecter. There are some beautiful visuals in the dreamsequences, in fact if the film had decided to explore that terrain moreit might have been something better. The actual concept of deviousmisuse of hypnosis is great too.

    Although I understand suspension of disbelief is necessary forimmersion in any good story, it's the mark of a good story that itsucceeds in letting you do that. If you find yourself being annoyed atwhat you find illogical or just plain silly, then the story is losingyou and that's what kept happening to me with this film. Otherreviewers have mentioned this here and I don't want to get into spoilerterritory, but I will say the setup at the ending was particularlyludicrous and disappointing, not too mention the varying mental age ofa character that is only supposed to have experienced a few years oflife.

    All in all, there is the germ of a great idea here in diabolicallymisused hypnotism, but sadly this film fails to realise it intoanything special.

  3. facethespam from United Kingdom
    30 Mar 2012, 10:56 pm

    I watched this movie after seeing other comments on IMDb, evenconvincing my wife that it was a "unique horror movie." I wanted tolike this movie, but was unable to.

    The "love story" was good, but the horror aspect was quite bad. If thestory was just about a young man who fell in love with a girl sufferingfrom parasomnia, then it would have been a better movie.

    The care centre stretched credulity well past the limits, in fact itwas quite ridiculous. The doctor happily ignors privacy laws andprofessionalism. A nurse goes into a room for a routine feeding of adangerous patient (without security escort), and drops the tray andruns out of the room screaming for no apparent reason. The forensicpatient (and the film's villain) is tied up in a standing positionfully clothed – apparently for years? None of it makes much sense.

    The movie even had some actors that I've liked in other things, such asthe detectives, but still I can't recommend this movie.

  4. A F McNeil from United States
    30 Mar 2012, 10:56 pm

    OK, I'm now convinced that, not only is Hollywood illiterate but nowthey don't even know how to watch movies. Why doesn't his movie have abig release in this country? While visiting with a friend in L. A., Isaw this at a special screening in Hollywood at the Egyptian Theater.The director said they were still looking for a distributor. A fact Ifind unbelievable. I had never heard of this film yet what I saw lit upin the dark was one of the best… I was going to say horror movies…but JUST PLAIN MOVIES that I've seen. Instead Hollywood gives usover-blown remakes of remakes. This is one of the most original, fun,and entertaining films I've ever watched. Are these guys asleep at theswitch?

    This movie is really interesting because it starts out slowly and thenbegins turning the thumb screws down until you're about to yell. We seethis kid (Danny) through a series of very bad decisions… get himselfdeeper and deeper into a hole until you wonder how he's ever going tobe able to get out of it. What's cool is his actions are completelyunderstandable because of his obsession with this sleeping girl..(Thechick who plays her is VERY HOT!!!! BTW). This movie does somethingthat you just don't see in movies now. The build to the end gets moreand more intense and reveals more layers and convolutions than a Nixoninvestigation. I'm not going to say more than that, 'cause I don't wantto give anything away but the last half of this movie is just plaingreat. This has one of the best endings in a film ever. Judging fromthe films I've seen in the last few years this must be hard to do. Thelook and mood of the film is unique. The movie is lush and creepy likea dream that you don't want to wake up from. You just want to go backthere and revisit those places and live in that world with thosepeople.

    OK, I'm gong to be kind and imagine that Warner Bros, Sony, MGM, 20thCentury Fox and all those guys have never heard of this film either…Yeah.. That's it.

  5. Michaelckdk from Washington, DC
    30 Mar 2012, 10:56 pm

    OK so the movie does not have a high budget. The acting from the twoyounger leads is mediocre at best. But the psycho killer character andthe unusual production style are what keep the momentum and interest inthis movie going. I found elements of "The Cell", "Silence of theLambs", and "Saw" all wrapped in one. The quirky style of many scenesin the movie has elements of Tim Burton and "Puppet Master". The creepyand astounding score also lend major points to an otherwise averagehorror thriller story. The movie was genuinely creepy and somewhatscary at several moments, but scary in a suspenseful way and not somuch a frightening way. With the slew of horrible horror movies, highbudgets and low, this one definitely stands out as above average andunique in it's own way. If you can get past the amateurish acting ofthe two young leads and the low budget aspects of the film that areapparent here and there, you will find a fantastic and gripping horrormovie.

  6. john-souray from United Kingdom
    30 Mar 2012, 10:56 pm

    This film is very creepy indeed. Unfortunately, not for the reasons thefilm makers would hope.

    There's a mastermind serial killer too, but he's not what's creepyeither. He's just your standard comic book villain, a cross betweenHannibal Lecter and Freddie Kruger, though with nothing particularlyfresh to add to either. Incidentally, for even the vilest and mostreprehensible of criminals, can they be detained chained in a stressposition, on their feet, arms outstretched 24 hours a day week in weekout? I suppose in the world that gave us Abu Ghraib and Guantanamo Bay,anything's possible.

    No, what's really creepy about this film is the central character,Danny. This unappealing young man, aided and abetted it's true by someludicrously lax security arrangements and a doctor entirely careless ofany notion of professional ethics or patient confidentiality, wandersinto the hospital room occupied by what can only be described as ahighly vulnerable and defenceless young woman, and on the basis ofnothing whatsoever (her chronic sleeping precludes from being able togive anything like informed consent) imagines himself to have some sortof special relationship with her.

    Seemingly within days, he has arrogated to himself the right to abducther, believing (completely falsely, as we discover) that he is betterable to care for her than anyone else, and within minutes of gettingher back to his apartment, is sexually molesting her though she is(again due to her sleepiness) entirely unable to consent or resist.

    Our suspicions as to why he would feel this connection are pretty soonconfirmed. He is of course more or less unable to form any mature adultfriendships, let alone sexual relationships, so instead falls back onthis essentially infantilised woman, who because of her permanentsleeping has a mental age corresponding to a lived experience of only afew years. The scene where she discovers ice cream is particularlycringe-making, and the coyly knowing look she gives him when hegloatingly says he'll have to clean her up again causes a particularshudder of horror. But again, I'm afraid, not that shudder of horrorthe film makers were hoping for, but a much more straightforward spasmof revulsion. We can all see clearly what's on the end of our forkshere – it's the paedophile's perfect dream of innocence, sexualcompliance and utter dependence. Horrible, horrible, horrible.

    What else have we got in this mish mash? Twisted dreamscapes not quiteas good as del Toro. The compulsory "You need to go to the police"argument, where the lead character always has a reason for not doing soeven though it's the only sensible course of action. The automatonsequence, much praised in the comments here, though completely andutterly pointless ("It serves no function!", as Sigourney Weavermemorably protested in Galaxy Quest) and looking to me just like theAbominable Doctor Phibes rehashed in one of the Saw derivatives.

    Jeffrey Combs does his best though, so a star for that, and a couplemore because you have to keep lower rankings for films that are evenworse than this, and in general this is well-shot and competentlyperformed.

  7. sinflux from United States
    30 Mar 2012, 10:56 pm

    I watched this knowing almost nothing about it, other than the briefdescription I read here. After watching it I was originally going tosay that the director shows promise but seems kind of amateurish, thenI looked at the other stuff he's done to see if this was his first orsecond movie, but no, he did House on Haunted Hill and Fear Dot Com. Hesort of missed the mark on both those movies and it was the same withthis one.

    The story was pretty awful too, could someone just fall in love with agirl because she's pretty but has the mind of a child? I gave it a 3because there were some visuals that I rather enjoyed near the end butas a whole this movie is pretty terrible.

  8. peace-of-mind from Canada
    30 Mar 2012, 10:56 pm

    this is my first review but I decided to review this title because Ihad a real appreciation for this film. I randomly found this title anddecided to check it out … I was quiet surprised. This is quiet abeautiful film, the story line, the graphics, its all very well puttogether. The acting is pretty good I will give it a 7/10 there are afew plot holes but it isn't really noticeable,This is probably the bestfilm yet by William Malone, he has come a long way from the failedfeardotcom. The film itself is really enjoyable to watch, the gore isminimal, and it keeps your attention.

    I would suggest this for a rainy night in

  9. kosmasp
    30 Mar 2012, 10:56 pm

    I am not an expert, but I have heard of Narkolepsy. So while this issomething real, the movie still has more of a "dream quality" to is (nopun intended). But even taking that under consideration, it's a shamethat not more could have been done with the idea at hand here, whichultimately must have been the directors fault.

    The actors are borderline OK, most of the time, though they are notreally convincing. The best one of the bunch (Kilpatrick) unfortunatelyonly getting little screen time. One scene between him and Combs wasthe best the movie had to offer. But too little too late it was by thepoint the scene took place.

    And while we have a wonderful cameo (they have John Landis in there,how did they manage that? OK they called him, but still? The audiocommentary wasn't really helpful, just thanking Landis for doing thesmall bit/part) the characters are dreadful. Their actions are notcomprehensible, like talking about something, does not mean it exists,like a feeling -> "I hate/love you" is easily said, but I couldn't sayit was delivered in a probable manner or was convincing in any sort ofway.

    A friend of mine, who watched it too, liked it a bit more than me. Andit is shot in a nice fashion, I'll admit that. But the script and thecharacters could've done with as much care as some of the visuals got…

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