While visiting a friend in the hospital Danny learns of a young girl suffering from a sleep disorder. After seeing the girl and learning of her fate as a medical test subject, Danny smuggles her from the hospital to keep her safe. In doing so, he also runs afoul of a powerful psychopath with a connection to the sleeping girl’s mind.
Dylan Purcell (Danny), Patrick Kilpatrick (Volpe), Jeffrey Combs (Detective Garett), Cherilyn Wilson (Laura), Timothy Bottoms (Dr. Corso), Janet Keijser (Sara), Brennan Bailey (Young Danny), Dov Tiefenbach (Billy).
Parasomnia is a bit strange to start and doesn’t make much sense for about the first 30 minutes or so. After that the film gets much better after Danny smuggles Laura from the hospital and finds there is a lot more to her than he ever guessed. The blood flows well for a while before the introduction of another twist, being Volpe’s control over Laura’s mind. After that the film turns into something of a low grade horror flick.
Acting was interesting with Purcell being a bit dry. Kilpatrick plays a psychotic well as always, and Combs delivers his usual. Wilson was interesting and showed some diversity but couldn’t do much with the role she had.
Camera work, sets, and backgrounds were okay but felt somewhat unpolished. Effects were decent and supported the film well. Dialogue was good, as was sound and soundtrack.
In the end Parasomnia delivers a good dose of horror along with a somewhat unique story told in an interesting fashion. Those who enjoy a decent storyline along with the blood and guts will enjoy this the most while others may find it disjointed and unfinished.
With plenty of foul language, some solid gore and violence, and nudity save this one for the oldest teens and above.
Parasomnia is no longer showing in any Littleton Colorado movie theatres.
Star rating: 2 out of 5
copyright ©2011 Dave Riedel
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