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The Sleeper

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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? SPECIAL FEATURES: - 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

Product Details

  • Directors: Justin Russell
  • Producers: Justin Russell, Matt Baldwin, Dana Jackson, Aaron Russell
  • Format: Widescreen, NTSC, Color
  • 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: 90.00 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 3.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (50 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B006H3NO5M
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #93,241 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)

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19 of 21 people found the following review helpful By Professor_White on 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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13 of 14 people found the following review helpful By Slasher Studios on 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 By Andy on February 17, 2012
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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 By Brandon Thomas on 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 By Richard on February 15, 2012
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'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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