DVD Review: SLEEP NO MORE

SLEEP NO MORE was directed by Phillip Guzman from a screenplay written by Jason Murphy and stars Keli Price, Lukas Gage, Yasmine Aker, Brea Grant, Stephen Ellis and Christine Dwyer. The movie was executive produced by Jeffrey Reddick, the creator of Final Destination

In SLEEP NO MORE, five graduate students are conducting a study to prove the theory that once you’ve passed 200 hours without sleep, you will never need sleep again. As the hours tick by and their struggle to stay awake intensifies, they each start to have strange and unsettling experiences. Visions from the past, violent impulses and terrifying waking nightmares begin to take hold and turn this experiment into a desperate fight for survival.

This 80’s style supernatural creeper follows this group of college friends that begin their sleep deprivation experiment that deals with no sleep for a cetain amount of time where they end up discovering something terrifying that comes with it. What happens is, their experiments/classes end up getting cancelled but the students quietly move forward with them while their professor oversees things periodically. One of the students is also having a fling with the professor so this helps them with the continuation of the experiments.

It doesn’t take long for things to get super creepy and extremely deadly for them when they start encountering these otherworldy soul stealers that slowly takes them out one by one in terrifying fashion. These creatures feed off of a person’s pain which allows the victims to put themselves through some insane amount of turture until the soul stealers thirst is satisifed. Unfortunately, the thirst doesn’t stay satisfied for long which means there’s no escape once these things latch on to you.

The packaging comes with a slipcover. The front features the artwork you see at the top of the page and the back includes movie details, some images and specs. The DVD disc also includes some artwork that matches the front cover. Inserting the disc, the menu screen was simple and easy to navigate. The picture and sound quality for this standard-definition release were really good. I didn’t have any issues with the video and audio.

Bottom line is, Sleep No More was an okay watch that reminded me of horror classics like Flatliners and maybe a little Dream Warriors thrown in, but make no mistake about it, this one isn’t as good of those two. That doesn’t mean it’s not good because the movie has an interesting concept that deals with sleep deprivation, it also has a great cast, cool music, plus there’s some cool monsters on the prowl and nobody is safe. You have to remember that this is indie film which means it had a small budget to play with which also means that the special effects are hit and miss. Yes, the monsters are CGI and early on some of it looks pretty cheap but there are a few scenes where these smokey soul stealers look pretty darn creepy as the movie plays out. Sleep No More had it’s entertaining moments that featured a few thrills and chills, and just like the other movie I just reviewed for RLJE Films, it’s the perfect time of year to drop a horror movie like this because Halloween is right around the corner. Sleep No More will be available on DVD on October 2nd.

Distributor: RLJE Films

Run Time: 91 Minutes

Rated: Not Rated

DVD Video: Widescreen (2.35:1)

DVD Audio: English Dolby Digital 5.1

Subtitles: English SDH and Spanish

Special Features: N/A

 

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