INSOMNIUM (2016) Reviews and overview

  

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‘It’s time you knew about the girl upstairs.’

Insomnium is a 2016 American supernatural horror feature film written and directed by Scott Powers. The movie stars Brad Pennington, Clint Browning, Gena Shaw and Larena Reyna.

Plot:

Long time friends George (Brad Pennington) and Phinneas (Clint Browning) share a duplex apartment in Los Angeles. Their Russian landlord, Mr. Romanovsky (Leon Shparaga) lives in the upstairs unit.

George’s girlfriend Kim (Gena Shaw) and her friend Olivia (Larena Reyna) come over and after some drinking, they bring out a Ouija board. That night, Phinneas begins to exhibit disturbing nocturnal behaviour…

Reviews:

“With a handful of equally creepy music […] Insomnium is a feature film that straddles the line between horror and drama, mystery and thrills. While it delivers on some of these elements, I found that it’s horror level was a little low. Still, it was impeccably produced and stars a cast of true professionals.” Horror Society

“The use of a possession plot is nothing new, but Insomnium puts a fun new twist on it – besides the use of a strong bro-mance bond at its center, it uses the simple idea of proximity, rather than demonic, Regan-esque possession of the innocent as its central idea.” Horrorfreak News

Cast and characters:

Brad Pennington … George Fishburn
Clint Browning … Phin O’Connell
Gena Shaw … Kim Anderson
Larena Reyna … Olivia Monae
Leon Shparaga … Mr Romanovsky
Alexandra Lavrova … Sophie
Brian Julian … Andre
Barbara Gruen … Mrs Ivanova
Sae Imai … Diana
Mikel Mansour … Dan Fogel
Violeta Mallmann … Party Girl
Lori Ann Piscioneri … Receptionist (voice)

Technical details:

81 minutes

Notes:

The first public showings for Insomnium were in 2016, however, the movie’s Facebook page indicates it was completed as early as 2012.

Trailer:

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