SLEEPLESS BEAUTY (2020) Reviews and overview


Sleepless Beauty is a 2020 Russian horror feature film about a young woman who is kidnapped and psychologically tortured in a sick experiment. The original title is Ya ne splyu [“I Am Not Sleeping”].

Directed by Pavel Khvaleev from a screenplay co-written by Aleksandra Khvaleeva, Evgeniy Gagarin and Elena Gagarina, the movie stars Polina Davydova, Evgeniy Gagarin, Sergey Topkov, Andrey Tereshenko. Produced by Elena Talyanskaya, Georgiy Smirnov, Evgeniya Mustafina and Frank Ellrich.


A young woman named Mila is kidnapped. The unknown abductors keep her in an old garage, talk to her through a loudspeaker and set strict rules: she must not sleep but has to fulfil weird tasks that they’ve prepared for her. It all looks like someone’s sick ideas and gloomy entertainment. Still, the girl doesn’t suspect that she’s part of a ruthless gruesome experiment…


“It’s all wonderfully dismal […] The nightmarish sequences, both live-action and animated, are choreographed and executed with a deftness I long to see in more horror films that utilize such implements. It’s a film on level with its contemporaries from a technical standpoint, it simply lacks the narrative heft and cohesion.” Killer Horror Critic

Sleepless Beauty is well-made and doesn’t get over-the-top on gore, a valuable restraint. It does mean however that the film falls a bit between two targets. Gorehounds may want more pepper, while I could have done with a bit more thriller.” Screen Anarchy


Sleepless Beauty is being distributed by Black Mandala Films.

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