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From William Malone, director of House on Haunted Hill
Parasomnia begins where your nightmare ends.” –Wes Craven. Laura Baxter (Cherilyn Wilson) suffers from “parasomnia,” a bizarre medical condition that keeps her trapped in an almost constant dream state. Art student Danny Sloan (Dylan Purcell) falls in love with the sleeping beauty, unaware that terrifying mesmerist and mass murderer Byron Volpe (Patrick Kilpatrick) has sinister plans to claim her as his own. Also starring Jeffrey Combs, Timothy Bottoms, Dov Tiefenbach and Sean Young.

Special Features

Audio commentary with director William Malone, making-of featurette, deleted scenes
Cast and crew Interviews, stills library, “The Plagues” music video

Product Details

  • Actors: Sean Young, Patrick Kilpatrick, Dylan Purcell, Cherilyn Wilson, Philip Newby
  • Directors: William Malone
  • Writers: William Malone
  • Producers: William Malone, Ambre Elizabeth Earnhart, Jon Janotta, Veronica Hart, Wolfgang Marum
  • Format: Multiple Formats, AC-3, Color, Dolby, NTSC, Widescreen
  • Language: English
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.77:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated: R (Restricted)
  • Studio: E1 Entertainment
  • DVD Release Date: July 13, 2010
  • Run Time: 98 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 3.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (18 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B003GOOZOO
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #57,660 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
  • Learn more about "Parasomnia" on IMDb

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3.3 out of 5 stars

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27 of 31 people found the following review helpful By Larry G. Boyle on April 17, 2010
Format: DVD Verified Purchase
It's about time someone decided to release this film. I've been watching scenes and outtakes and previews from this film and was hoping someone would have enough sense to release this nightmare motion picture. From the weird visuals and creations to the love story between the girl with Parasomnia(Cherilyn Wilson) and the art student (Dylan Purcell) who falls for her and finds himself in a battle for the young lady by uber villain (Patrick Kilpatrick)who has been locked in the room next to hers. Bound with chains and shackles, he is known as, "the doctors say, "The only man they've ever met without a soul" Mr. Kilpatrick causes others to kill themselves with just a suggestion.A lot of this film is spent in Cherilyn's dream world as the hero and villian fight for her soul.

This is one of Bill Malone's best films and the visuals are very creepy. This should end up being one of those horror movies that people will add to their 'lists' of favorite nightmares. Like I said, it's about time someone wised up and is releasing this film. Even if it's going straight to DVD. It would be a wonderful film to see in the theatre on the large screen though..

Hopefully, we won't have to wait this long for Mr. Malone's next film to find a a distributor.
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Parasomnia is William Malone's latest directorial effort. As a director, he's pretty hit and miss, but he's always had a keen sense for visuals. His Masters of Horror episode (The Fair Haired Child) was rock-solid and probably one of his best films...until Parasomnia.

While Parasomnia does have its share of issues-- spotty dialogue, moments where the script fails to be convincing, overall it succeeds in its goals, which, of course, are to entertain and dazzle. Without spoiling much, the plot revolves around a "sleeping beauty" who is plagued by terrifying nightmares. A literature-loving psychopath hypnotist has somehow gotten hold of her dreams and wishes to be with her for eternity, but of course Prince Charming comes along to try and mess everything up.

The acting is generally good, with varying levels of quality. Jeffrey Combs is great, as always. The main actress is convincing in most scenes, and Patrick Kilpatrick is appropriately creepy. But what makes the film REALLY work are the visuals, of which there are many. Besides the nightmares, a particular scene that comes to mind involves a bunch of twisted automatons dancing while a policeman plays Russian roulette by himself. This might sound less than amazing, but if you've seen the film, you know what I'm talking about. Also, I can't think of a horror film in recent memory that has a better opening than this one.

It's nice to see a film that makes genuine effort to entertain with its own sense of identity, rather than joining the ranks of torture films, "camera" horror, and cheap slashers. If you've got time to kill and prefer your horror films visceral, bizarre, and with a little bit of fantasy, you would do well to check out Parasomnia. Bare in mind that many of the flaws of the horror genre are present here, but they aren't enough to detract from the overall product, which is one of quality.
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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Amazon Customer VINE VOICE on August 22, 2010
Format: DVD
This was an entertaining movie, but discontinuously so. In general, the film tells the story of an individual having the ability to enter one's dreams and direct their behavior, but he remains locked up in a psych ward. If you make eye contact or he otherwise telepathically hunts you down, you're his minion. Unfortunately, the movie was half good. The awake scenes were somewhat slow and discontinuous; the story jumped around and things happened without any particular logical sequence. The dream scenes, on the other hands, were very cool. Comparisons to Hell Raiser are somewhat accurate, although Hell Raiser was much more graphically and violently intense than this film is. Dreamers are in this surreal world populated by fiendish demon-like creatures who flit around, obviously stalking their prey - very creepy. Overall, despite the lacking awake scenes, its still a 3/5 due to high production values, good enough acting and the dream sequences. Certainly worth a rental, but not sure whether its compelling enough to justify a purchase for repeated viewings.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By M. Zveris on May 23, 2011
Format: DVD
***This review is chock full of delicious spoilers***

I watched this film with a friend and my house turned into something akin to Mystery Science Theatre 2000. When it was over, we both sat silently watching the credits. I asked him what he thought and he said he wasn't sure; I was at a loss for words. Neither of us was particularly sure what to make of this movie right away, it was just so incredibly off the wall as to be ridiculous. Not the fun sort of ridiculous that lives on the fringe of creepy, the kind of ridiculous you get when you see a steampunk automaton opera with a chick impaled with feathers to look like an angel.

The story revolves around a girl who sleeps almost her entire life due to a strange disorder, and is in a hospital on the wing for mental patients being cared for quite well even though she has no family and the hospital looks like it is falling apart. Creepily (though not seemingly intentionally) everyone wants to have sex with her, which is so far from appropriate that could have been the actual horror in the film. The doctor, the art student, the crazy and obsessive while also magical serial killer...everyone apparently thinks it's just A-O.K. to want to make love with a comatose woman. I mean, isn't that just grand? It's also presented as totally fine, even understandable, I mean someone is putting makeup on her so Sleeping Beauty must want this sort of attention.

When she does wake up, she's like an infant because of her stunted understanding of the world around her.
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