‘Enter new dimensions of horror’
The Sleep is a 2022 American horror film about a group of young adults who are put through a supernatural experiment on Halloween Night. They must survive real-life horrors as well as the ones unlocked deep within their minds and kill one another or themselves in the process…
Written, directed by and co-starring Devin Rice.
The movie also stars Stephanie Pearson, Jacqueline Rice, Samantha Jean, Casey Leach, Kendall Chappell, Kaylah Pantaléon, Jordan Wilson, Giselle Torres and Chris Cleveland. Produced by Devin and Jacqueline Rice.
The Sleep, originally titled The Sleep: Survival Horror (Part One), opens with the following message, “The director recommends that you watch this film as BIG as you can, as LOUDLY as you can, and in a dark room…”.
That is followed by another message “WARNING This film contains true psychological terror… that can lodge in your mind without you knowing it… Some have likened this film to being a patient within an insane asylum. If you are mentally frail, we advise you to stop the movie immediately.” Sounds like someone is trying a bit too hard, doesn’t it?
After yet a third message about The Sleep being a work of fiction that could happen to anyone we finally get to the actual film. A news anchor talks about mass shootings followed by a commercial for Paxoloft, an anti-anxiety and depression medication. Then we’re thrust into a ham-handed “debate” on gun control with both sides taking extreme positions. I’m just six minutes in and I’m ready to turn it off.
It’s Halloween Eve and several friends including Stacy (Giselle Torres, Misfit; I Want You Back), Jack (Casey Leach, Pam & Tommy; Sodom & Gomorrah), and Brandon (Devin Rice) have gotten together for a party. However, it seems to have gone down a rabbit hole of conspiracy theories instead.” Read the full review at Voices from the Balcony
The Sleep is currently available on Digital platforms.
Cast and characters:
Devin Rice … Brandon
Stephanie Pearson … Luna
Jacqueline Rice … Monica
Samantha Jean … Lily (Crazy Girl)
Chris Cleveland … William Karl (The Superintendent)
Megan Rach … Ghost
Nelson Hayne … Psychiatrist
Sandra Santiago … Luna’s Mom
Sean Gunnell … Runner Zombie
Kendall Chappell … Britney
Giselle Torres … Stacy
Casey Leach … Jack
Kevin Scott Allen … Briefcase Man
Madison Brunoehler … Ghost / Zombie(voice)
Michael DeBartolo … Ghost