The Sleeping Room – UK, 2014 – overview and reviews

 
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‘Don’t wake it’

The Sleeping Room is a 2014 British horror feature film directed by John Shackleton. The movie stars Leila Mimmack, Joseph Beattie and Christopher Adamson.

Funding for The Sleeping Room was raised using equity crowdfunding and is credited as being the first British film to use this method.

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Plot:

Blue (Leila Mimmack) is a call girl working out of Brighton. She has been sent out to an old building that Bill (Joseph Beattie) is trying to restore. She’s somewhat surprised when he shows little interest in getting down to business, but ends up staying in the house with him since he has paid for her time.

As she is looking around, Blue discovers a Mutoscope (an early motion picture device), through which she sees a series of moving images depicting a hooded man (Christopher Adamson). Shortly after that, Blue and Bill discover a secret room that is the key to unlocking many dark and terrifying secrets relating to Blue’s family, and the death of her mother…

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Reviews [click links to read more]:

“A superb example of modern British horror, The Sleeping Room, like fellow FrightFest movie The Forgotten, marks a new bright future for genre filmmaking in the UK that, in a perfect world, would be held in the same esteem as Hammer’s prolific output.” Nerdly

“The Sleeping Room is an accomplished directorial debut from Shackleton. It’s a slow burner that relies on brooding atmospherics and a growing sense of dread fuelled by throw backs to the darkside of the Victorian seaside resort’s long forgotten history. Shot out of season there’s a rainy, end of the road feeling that permeates Blue’s search for answers and the need to escape the chains of her past, Bill’s alter ego and ultimately from this town for good.” Britflicks

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” …big on atmosphere but low on budget and plot cohesion. Someone must have been doing their homework to know that Brighton was a kind of mini Hollywood in the early days of film and the sense of place is well established. But unfortunately it’s all a bit silly and while the performances are earnest they’re also rather dull.” Dark Eyes of London

“What really shines through is the sheer pace and bare-boned narrative efficiency, which represents both the film’s most idiosyncratic strength and its deepest flaw. While this breakneck pace never allows the viewer’s attention to meander from the plot’s unstoppable trajectory, it also leaves certain story elements somewhat underdeveloped…” Exquisite Terror

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