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The Sleeper

Brittany Belland , E. Ray Goodwin Jr. , Justin Russell  |  Unrated |  DVD
3.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (46 customer reviews)

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  • Actors: Brittany Belland, E. Ray Goodwin Jr., Jason Jay Crabtree, Joe Bob Briggs
  • Directors: Justin Russell
  • Producers: Justin Russell, Dana Jackson, Aaron Russell, Matt Baldwin
  • Format: Color, NTSC, Widescreen, DVD
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated: Unrated
  • Studio: Gamma Knife Films.
  • Run Time: 90 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 3.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (46 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B006H3NO5M
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #104,537 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)

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Bloody Disgusting
"a balls-out and bloody good time. Sleep with one eye open..."
"What Ti West did for the 70's, Justin Russell has done for the 80's...A Must See Slasher!"

It's 1981 and the girls of Alpha Gamma Theta sorority are having a party. Amy, sick of living in the dorms, invites her roommate Ava to attend the party with her in hopes that they'll both become Thetas. As the girls arrive, so does an uninvited guest watching them in the shadows. Amy's choice quickly becomes a nightmare as the Theta girls begin to disappear one by one. Announcing his victims, the killer calls the house whispering the next to die. The police hunt for the missing girls and the killer, but will they find him in time? Or will all the girls sleep for good?


- Director's Commentary

- Shooting a Nightmare in 13 Days (Hour Long Featurette)

- Joe Bob Briggs' Drive In Total

- Theatrical Trailers

- Lost Trailer Series: Don't Go In The Attic

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17 of 19 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Films like this make me happy to love indie horror. February 5, 2012
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Justin Russell's The Sleeper was a great film and I really loved it. It was well directed, well thought out and well made. It's super rare these days because a lot of people love using "grindhouse" type of films as an excuse to make stupid movies badly by saying "They're suppose to be dumb". But Russell isn't just trying to make a throwback to the classic slasher but also trying to make a good film and it shows. He has a clear vision of what he wanted this film to be and does his best to really create it. This film, unlike most of the throwback films or modern slasher films, is actually pretty suspenseful and really keeps you interested. Most films are too interested in the campy side of the slasher films (like hatchet and others) and forget that they can also be scary. I loved the score for the film and really made the film stick out. Most slasher fans will be familiar with the story concept but Russell really makes it his own so it didn't just seem like he was copying 100% instead he took a simple slasher concept from the 80's and told it his way. The film was shot on a super low budget but looks better then most films out there. He was able to tell a period piece and not for a lot of money. Great way to use what you have. I thought the acting was actually pretty good in this film. something again, rare in films made for the money he had. It's really inspiring for me as a film lover and a film maker. Films like this make me happy to love indie horror.
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12 of 13 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Party Like It's 1981 February 21, 2012
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It's 1981 and the girls of Alpha Gamma Theta sorority are having a party. As the new pledges arrive, so does an uninvited guest. Little do the sisters know someone is watching them in the shadows. As the girls shower, study, eat and sleep the stalker studies the girls. One by one he finds the girls at their most vulnerable and murders them. The police hunt for the missing girls and their killer, but will they find them in time? Or will the girls be forced to fight for their lives...

As I read that synopsis on IMDB, I knew to myself that I had to find this movie, "The Sleeper", and so I spent the next month of my life hunting down this homage to the 80's slashers that I hold near and dear to my heart. As I received my dvd for "The Sleeper" from Amazon, I ripped off the shrink wrap and threw the dvd into my player. Would I be disappointed like I have been with so many other 80's slasher homages ("Frat House Massacre" and "Psycho Sleepover"...I'm looking directly at you) or would this be the rare slasher homage that actually works and take us back to a more innocent time?

Well my dear slasher fans, "The Sleeper" is a hoot for beginning to end. The deaths are graphic and over-the-top in the best ways possible and the direction and screenplay by Justin Russell is pitch perfect. As I watched this film, a smile grew on my face. I saw the references to "Halloween", "Friday the 13th", "Slumber Party Massacre", and "Black Christmas" and appreciated them more than I can possibly let on. This was made by someone who loves and cherishes the slasher genre and that heart and soul is in every frame of the film. Sure, the movie isn't perfect.
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20 of 24 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars An unapologetic, classic-style slasher film February 17, 2012
By Andy
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Just when you think you've seen every 80's slasher, a new one appears.... in 2012. Nowadays, it seems directors will only make a slasher if it's a parody or the characters (e.g. Scream) are self-aware of "the rules". The young director of The Sleeper, who probably wasn't born the year his film was set, made an unapologetic, formulistic 80's slasher film. Bravo! I love formulaic movies if the formula is solid. And the classic slasher formula has the works: beautiful girls, a mysterious killer, slow building tension, gratuitous nudity, leap outs, kills, and, of course, the sweet, quick-footed final girl. Other film makers try to re-invent the wheel and end up with movies about ghost-werewolves. Give me tried and true. The Sleeper is not perfect, but I enjoyed this "period piece". Despite a small budget, it captured the spirit of the genre in so many ways.
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars The Real Deal February 6, 2012
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It was only this time last week that I even found out about a little film called "The Sleeper". I was only interested initially because of the local Ohio connection, and I like to support and follow local talent. I became more interested after watching director Justin Russell's Grindhouse-esque trailer "Don't Go in the Attic". I thought to myself then, "The kid has chops and knows his horror". I ordered "The Sleeper" on Friday.

"The Sleeper" wears its 80s homage badge directly on its sleave. I want you to forget the word "homage" in this instance. These guys made the real deal. It's fun, hokey, cheesey, gory and soaked in 80s slasher atmosphere. Yeah, the acting from most of the cast is a little rough around the edges, but the same can be said for any 80s slasher flick.

I will definitely be following what Justin Russell does next, and I can only hope that he stays in the horror genre.
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8 of 9 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars An homage to '80s slasher films done right! February 15, 2012
By Richard
'The Sleeper' is an entertaining and well-made (especially considering the (lack of) budget and resources) love letter to early '80s slasher films. I can't wait to see what Justin Russell does next.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars this one was an older movie which i like towatch like back in 80s when...
this one was an older movie which i like to watch like back in 80s when i was younger i though it was scary also
Published 1 month ago by amy belcher
3.0 out of 5 stars 80's slasher about a killer stalking a sorority house of ...
80's slasher about a killer stalking a sorority house of girls. After each one is killed he marks out there face with a red marker and laughs.
Published 3 months ago by Alissa Nicole Koblentz
1.0 out of 5 stars It's a home movie
This movie does not look like it takes place in the 80's. The first few minutes I realized this....the shaky camera, the look of the girls were just some of the obvious giveaways. Read more
Published 11 months ago by J. A. Cole
5.0 out of 5 stars Very fun film
Anyone who loves good old slasher films with authentic blood and gore, this is it. My favorite scene was at the end with Joe Bob Briggs as the doctor. Read more
Published 14 months ago by duspan
1.0 out of 5 stars The Snoozer tried but?
I was suckered in again by all the high ratings and watched this movie slowly deteriorate before my eyes. Read more
Published 15 months ago by Ron
4.0 out of 5 stars Very good throwback to early 80s slashers
This is the best example to an 80s movie being made this generation. It's almost spot on the entire time as feeling like an 80s movie. Read more
Published 17 months ago by Cward55
2.0 out of 5 stars Close, but no cigar.
Imagine if you will an oddly deserted college campus. The student body largely absent despite the looming spectre of finals. Read more
Published 17 months ago by Evan Schackmann
4.0 out of 5 stars Good for the budget
I commend the director for producing such a slick flick with an obviously limited budget. The camera work is excellent. Read more
Published 18 months ago by Sly
1.0 out of 5 stars WOW...THIS IS ONE TERRIBLE MOVIE!
After reading comparisons to The House of the Devil, which gave you that nostalgic feel pretty spot on in my opinion, I was excited to watch The Sleeper. Boy, was I disappointed. Read more
Published 19 months ago by gbv4me
3.0 out of 5 stars Sleeper
Yep this has the right title The Sleeper and a sleeper it is. I hung in there to finish the movie. It was probably a good little movie for back in the day but with all the... Read more
Published 21 months ago by maggie
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