CURSE OF THE SLEEPING BEAUTY [Blu-ray]
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Thomas Kaiser (Ethan Peck) inherits an ancestral mansion that has been in his family for generations -- only to learn that he has also inherited an ancient curse stemming back to the Crusades. Forced into his new role as "protector" -- the guardian appointed to keep the evil demons in the house at bay -- Thomas teams with an ambitious local realtor (Natalie Hall) and paranormal cleric (Bruce Davison) to unravel the mystery of the house, while struggling to awaken the beautiful Briar Rose (India Eisley), held captive in a terrifying netherworld seen previously in his dreams.
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I'm watching this movie, it's ok, not great, not good but ok; there's some money in it and there's even a couple of actors I recognize, but things are disjointed, and the pace is kind of dragging..
Now we're about an hour into it and things have just started to pick up, a few minutes later, and.............. it's over..no ending, no reach around, nadda
..We go from So So to NO NO..
No one to blame but myself; I've recently found that the "Rotten Tomatoes" website can be very helpful in making better decisions, and HOLY MUTHER F#$%&ER!!!! who do you think forgot to check it?!!!
I think this might have been a failed pilot for TV, I noticed (sadly after viewing) a TV-14 moniker just above the IMDB rating, which is probably a red flag...
I'd write more, but I'm still in a daze from realizing I just watched a ninety minute nominally ok movie that turned into a crappy cliffhanger ..
**Best recipe to enjoy this is to wait until it gets to Prime, then when you have to run an errand but you want to make it look like someone is home, you play this, get in the car or on your bike, AND GO...... Don't return for at least 90 minutes
I absolutely hated Sleeping Beauty's Dream Costume. The eyelashes and makeup were over the top, and you could see the comb on the back of her headdress that fastens the stupid thing to her head in a scene showing her back. I did like her costume once she finally woke up.
I wish it were better, as I love the idea. Unfortunately, it just didn't do it for me.
With a little more vision and money, I think this could have been a pretty cool story. The actors did a decent job with what they had--the script could have been a lot better, and there were some gaping plot holes by the end. But there were a few moments of genuine comic relief that I actually snickered aloud at. They also had an awesome creepy house and some interesting sets, but because of budget I guess, they kept the number of sets very limited so you don't get to know the house or the grounds of the estate which is a shame. The house is called Kaiser Gardens but you never see the grounds except for what's around the house in the house establishing shots, and you certainly never see any gardens, which would have been a great opportunity to expand that world just a little. And while the house is bursting with all kinds of weird and mysterious stuff, nothing gets explained aside from the mannequins, so it feels a little like the prop department had a blast but it didn't advance the storytelling--or the story didn't take advantage of the stuff, either way. I'm thinking specifically of the secret chamber. A lot of their budget and time i think went into the sleeping beauty wardrobe and sets which were really pretty cool. And I've got to say the mannequins were actually pretty creepy. I kept thinking while I was watching it that I should be laughing at the mannequins, but it was just creepy enough that I wasn't.
As for the ideas, without spoilers, it's a horror/demonic-supernatural take on the Sleeping Beauty fairytale, and the ideas had a really interesting direction that with some finesse could have made a higher quality story. I don't typically do horror, but I obsessively collect fairytales, and I really liked what they did and tried to do with the story. Especially the spinning wheels.
The biggest complaint I saw in the reviews was the ending. While it got a little sloppy and rushed by the end, the actual "cliffhanger" that people were complaining about I actually liked. I don't see it as a cliff hanger. I see it as the ultimate unhappy ending. And I loved that.
So if you're expecting Guillermo del Toro or even something like The Huntsman movies, you'll be wretchedly disappointed with this. But if you like fairytales, it's worth watching just for the glimmer of its own potential.
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