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HP Lovecraft's The Dark Sleep (2012)

Taylor Nicole Adams , Bob Dennis , Brett Piper  |  Unrated |  DVD
3.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (6 customer reviews)

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  • Actors: Taylor Nicole Adams, Bob Dennis, Steve Diasparra
  • Directors: Brett Piper
  • Format: Color, Dolby, NTSC, Widescreen
  • Language: English
  • Region: All Regions
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.33:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated: Unrated
  • Studio: Bayview Entertainment/Widowmaker
  • DVD Release Date: April 16, 2013
  • Run Time: 81 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 3.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (6 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B00B8O4WQA
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #201,377 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)

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The Dark Sleep is a new horror film depicting a nightmarish journey into another dimension when a young woman discovers the remnants of an ancient cult beneath her house. The Dark Sleep features amazing stop-motion animation special effects in the Ray Harryhausen tradition and writer/director Brett Piper's visual flair brings this adaptation of H.P. Lovecraft's DREAMS IN THE WITCH HOUSE to vibrant frightful life.

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4.0 out of 5 stars Lovecraft and Old School FXs, a perfect combination April 21, 2013
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Being a fan of low-budget H.P. Lovecraft adaptations and a big fan of the films of Brett Piper, buying a copy of Dark Sleep was a no brainer. Dark Sleep is inspired by the short story "Dreams in the Witch House"; I stress the term "Inspired". Only a few of the elements of the original Lovecraft story are present in Piper's script. Not a problem for me, but a lot of Lovecraft fan boys tend to obsess on changes made to the original material. That said, all of the truly fun element of the original Lovecraft story remain: Brown Jenkin, Euclidian Geometry, and Surreal Dream Sequences. Piper's film follows a young writer who is recently divorced from her husband and is struggling to put her life back together in a new house. And if her life wasn't bad enough, the house she has just moved into has Brown Jenkin living in the walls, and a dimensional portal in the basement.
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1.0 out of 5 stars Ashley Galloway's performance creates an annoying film December 29, 2013
THE DARK SLEEP is not totally inept. The stop-motion animation and CGI effects are nicely done. Low-budget, but still impressive.

But the bad outweighs the good...

* Poor actors. Most lines are delivered flatly, or stilted, or affected. These people are obviously "acting" -- or trying to -- rather than performing naturally, seamlessly, so as to resemble real people rather than "actors." The cast performs with the skills of a high school drama class.

But okay, I've seen plenty of low-budget horror films with stilted acting. I can forgive that if the film is entertaining. But THE DARK SLEEP has other problems which kill any potential for fun.

* The worst element is Ashley Galloway's performance. Her performance, rather than just her, because not only is she a poor actress (like the rest of the cast), but she makes poor choices, which indicates that the director is also to blame. A poor actress, badly directed.

Galloway plays the lead -- the heroine -- which is a problem because her character, as written and played by her, is so UNLIKEABLE. A real byatch. She carps and complains like a spoiled brat. She snaps at or threatens even decent people who are trying to help her (e.g., the exterminators, the professor). She's usually in a bad mood. But even in a good mood she's unlikeable, because then she gloats or smirks.

Part of the problem is how her character is written. But that's only part of the problem. Galloway infuses sarcasm or petulance into lines that might have been delivered sympathetically. All through the film, I was waiting for her character to get her comeuppance, but it turns out we're supposed to root for her character.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Atmosphere September 3, 2013
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I really enjoyed this film. Yes, it was done on a low budget, most indies are. However, the CGI, although not up to blockbuster standards was still decent. The main protagonist, although whiney and bitchy at times, was easy on the eyes and proved to be a strong character in the end. Along with Dirt Dauber and Die Farbe this is one of the better Lovecraftian films out there, not on the level of HPLHS, but just bubbling under.
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