You Shall Not Sleep (2017) reviews and overview

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‘Your fear will keep you awake’

You Shall Not Sleep is a 2017 Spanish/Argentinian/Uruguayan horror film directed by Gustavo Hernández (Silent House) from a screenplay by Juma Fodde. It stars Belén Rueda (The Orphanage), Eva De Dominici, German Palacios, Eugenia Tobal, Juan Manuel Guilera and Natalia De Molina. The original title is No dormirás

Plot:

In an abandoned psychiatric hospital, a theatrical company experiments with insomnia while preparing for their next stage play. As the days without sleep go by, they cross new thresholds of perception, that expose them to the secrets of the place and the energies that inhabit it.

When Bianca, a young actress,  joins the cast, competing for the lead role, she must survive, not only the intensity of the work and her castmates but the unknown force that’s pulling them towards a tragic outcome…

Reviews [click links to read more]:

” …more convoluted rather than intriguingly twisty, hence despite the competent cast and the utterly haunting atmosphere it does generate through its eerie visuals, No Dormiras never reaches the level of scariness it aims to, leaving quite a lot to be desired.” CineMarvellous!

” …at its heart, You Shall Not Sleep is a damn good ghost story twist on real-life sleep studies compounded with Creepypastas like The Russian Sleep Experiment. And while the conclusion may leave some to be desired, the journey to get there is an imaginative phantasmagoria.” Ghastly Grinning

“When it reaches its climactic arc, it shoves in too many elements which hinder both the psychological aspect of the film and the treachery of evil being inside each one of us. Which submerges the entire plot into a quagmire of juggling themes and never-ending plot twists.” High on Films

“The Uruguayan Hernández shows a masterful control of atmosphere, tension, and general mise-en-scene throughout it all. This is definitely a moody movie. He also gets some great performances from his cast, particularly Spanish actress Belén Rueda, who goes from being the woman-in-jeopardy in Julia’s Eyes to being the one putting women in jeopardy, as Böhm.” J.B. Spins

“Overall, this was a decent Argentine horror film with an interesting concept but its convoluted story makes it difficult to follow, however, the lead performance by Eva De Dominici keeps it watchable.” Keith Loves Movies

Filming locations:

Buenos Aires, Federal District, Argentina
Las Palmas de Gran Canaria, Gran Canaria, Canary Islands, Spain

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