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At Dawn They Sleep

2.4 out of 5 stars 7 customer reviews

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Product Description

Brian Paulin’s stylish and ambitious film is a brutally violent, actionpacked horror epic featuring horrific special fx and amazing stunt work.

Synopsis: Stephen and Ian are ruthless drug lords in the middle of a vicious battle with their competition. After spending a wild night with two sexy, yet strange and mysterious women, Stephen and Ian wake up feeling oddly sick - their lives changed forever. They discover the women are actually Angels who have infected them with a vampire type virus. In exchange for immortality, Stephen and Ian, along with an army of throat-tearing monsters, must kill off the human race so the Angels can take over the world. As the vampires begin the gruesome and unstoppable slaughter of mankind, the Demon world rears its ugly head to end the Angels’ bid for earthly domination. A three-way war is on…and no-one may survive the bloody and horrifying carnage.


"A freight train of a film aimed straight between the eyes" -- Rue Morgue Magazine

"An outrageous mix of extreme horror and over-the-top action" -- Tom Savini, Director - Night of the Living Dead (1990)

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Product Details

  • Actors: Brian Paulin
  • Format: Color, Director's Cut, NTSC
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated:
    Not Rated
  • Studio: Video Outlaw
  • DVD Release Date: October 18, 2004
  • Run Time: 180 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 2.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (7 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B0006AZ4O6
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #230,369 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
  • Learn more about "At Dawn They Sleep" on IMDb

Customer Reviews

Top Customer Reviews

Format: DVD Verified Purchase
This is filmed on video; they probably used a mini DV camcorder. It's only recommended if you're looking for nothing but nudity, graphic gore, bizarre horror sequences, and action. It wastes no time getting started and displays nudity within the first minute. A coherent plot, good character development, suspense, good scenery, a lot of atmosphere and great directing aren't the focus of the film; the film may be boring to many people because of the lack of all those things. The incoherent story involves a couple of guys who are bitten and become vampires. In a bizarre sequence, they become cocooned after they are bitten and are reborn into vampires. They meet an angel who says that the church isn't telling the correct story and has apparently screwed everything up. Then we later meet a demon and learn that the angels excised them and also want the earth which God gave to the humans. Basically, the angels and demons are all scumbags and are fighting each other and then you have these vampires. If you want nudity, you get some really good nude scenes with attractive women; full nudity is present, and I thought that one girl in particular was really good looking. There's a fairly explicit lesbian oral scene where one women chews off a bit of flesh from the other girls crotch, and there's other nude scenes as well to please exploitation fans. The gore is plentiful with blood-spattering gun shots and assorted graphic gore for the gore fans. This is an action/horror exploitation flick for those who like to watch these video trash movies. It's fast-paced with plenty of violence and exploitation, and the low budget FX are good. Adding in some more atmospheric scenes along with better scenery and improving the directing would've helped the film, but this is just a weird trash flick.Read more ›
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Format: DVD
I feel like I'm the one who has slept through something because the ending of this film does not make one bit of sense to me. The first half of At Dawn They Sleep was good enough to make me think there might really be something to this film. The acting wasn't all that bad (with one exception) and the plot was interesting albeit weird and fuzzy. There are these two drug lords (or a drug lord and his lackey-like buddy) who aren't afraid to kill anyone who crosses them, nor are they afraid to take their chances on ladies of the night. It's safe to say they never met any girls like the two they brought home at the start of the action here, though. These girls are vampires - wait, they do chomp down on the guys' jugulars but - hey, wait a minute, one of them unfurls a pair of wings - of course, what we have here are angels turning our main characters into vampires. Why would sweet little angels do this? Well, these angels aren't even angelic. They hate mankind and have apparently waited a long, long time for their chosen ones in the form of our total loser protagonists to come of age. Apparently, these guys are supposed to kill everyone on earth for the angels so that they can come down and live on earth - or something like that. Well, our guys take to vampirism like ducks in a pond, digging in to their victims to get all the good juicy stuff inside. At this point, some type of demon appears and offers the tough guy a better deal; the filmmakers went to some trouble to make the demon's voice sound all dark and evil with reverberating echoes. Unfortunately, all it really accomplished was to make two-thirds of the demon's words totally incomprehensible. Perhaps writer, director, and star Brian Paulin sensed that this was a mistake because I lost the trail of the plot right there.Read more ›
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Format: VHS Tape
At Dawn They Sleep is a modern day action suspense story involving vampires, demons and angels. Director and screenwriter is Brian Paulin. Tom Savini (fx artist for Dawn of the Dead and Director for Night of the Living Dead 1990) says At Dawn They Sleep is "An outrageous mix of extreme horror and over the top action."
Ian (Brian Paulin) and Stephen (Rich George) are like brothers. Together they are among the city's leading drug pushers. A deal turns to doublecross as a gang looks to make an instant name for themselves. After the slaughter, Ian and Stephen awake to find that they have been granted a second chance.
Soon after they arrive home to recoup, their rewards continue when they each get a visit by a sexy woman. The women turn out to be angels who reveal to the guys that they are the chosen ones. Chosen to exterminate the human race.
Forgiveness proves to not be an angelic trait, as satisfying their thirst for revenge is first on the agenda. Along with restored health, their senses of awareness is heightened with their physical abilities enhanced. They prove this by making their rivals into easy kills. A new craving overtakes them as they discover another thirst that is only quenched by the life's blood of their prey.
The feeding evokes a rush stronger than any drug. Stephen longs for more. He abides by the angels. Ian opts to follow his doubts, and his curiosity is answered in the form of a demonic force. The imposing figure is too powerful to contend with. The demon's intent through is to warn of the angel's ulterior motives and offers an alliance with the vampires.
Ian's doubts lead him towards a darker path. Stephen refuses to listen to Ian, as his habits in bloodlust would spell overdose with any other drug.
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