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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.Read more ›
"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.
Another complaint, is that people say it's too slow. I totally disagree! It's about the same pace as movies like Black Christmas, He Knows You're Alone, & Don't Go In The House, & NEVER boring.
One reason this is such a great indie slasher-flick, is that the kind of gore & camera-shots Russell pulls off on a tiny budget, are better than most Lionsgate or After Dark: 8 Films to Die For horror flicks. To me, that's impressive, since those go to theaters! And the killer is pretty menacing in this flick too! He's not in a mask, which sometimes kills a slasher-film, but in this case it works in it's favor. He makes creepy phonecalls, strikes out of nowhere, & has some pretty weird eyes. The acting in this is usually mentioned in a negative light, but it's not terrible. I actually found most of the actors to be pretty good, & definitely better than ANY Brain Damage, Asylum, or Channing Tatum film.Read more ›
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This movie isn't even set in the 80's. It's just shot to look like it was made in the 80's but it's pure garbage and the movie itself is just god awful. Read morePublished 8 months ago by Chantal Lamb
During the last five or so years, various art forms seem to be undergoing something of a "turn back the clock"-type retro movement. Read morePublished 9 months ago by Tom P. the Underground Navigator
Seriously a bad movie, I was expecting a lot more, and this is coming from a veteran slasher fan. They made no effort to make the actors look like they're actually living in 1981. Read morePublished 18 months ago by Omar Larson