Slumber movie A doctor Investigating A family Terrorizing Sleep Experiences (2019)
Anyone who gone through an Episode of sleep paralysis knows how briefly terrifying it can be. You are seemingly fully conscious yet totally unable to move your limbs or any other part of your body with hallucinations frequently involved as well. Fortunately the creepy phenomenon generally lasts little more than a minute or two. Unfortunately slumber jonathan hopkins horror movie inspired by real events lasts far longer.
Maggie Q currenly seen as a tough FBI agent on ABC’s designated survivor plays the central role of alice a doctor specializing in sleep disorders who haunted by nighmares related to the sleepwalking death of her younger brother when she was just a child. Among her current patients are the members of a family all suffering from infirmities includes sleep paralysis in which they are terrorized by a malevolent figure known as the night hag. The youngset boy danny lucas bond proves particularly vulnerable to physical harm during the episodes although his severse bruises may be being inflicted by his possibly abusive father sam troughton. That theory seems to be borne out when the unconscious father attacks alice during an overnight sleep study but bad things continue happening to his family members even after he locked up.
Alice who has her own sleep issues to deal with eventually comes around to the idea that supernatural forces may be involved. Helping to convince her are the sleep center oddball orderly vincent andriano and his even more bizarrely eccentric grandfather sylvester Mccoy chewing the scenery so severely that one fears for his dental health who have personal experience with the sort of demons who populate nightmares.
Although relatively subdued for much of its running time slumber eventually devolves into a lengthy over the top climax that both visually and narratively cheesy. Its a sharme that it resorts to such mechanical elements after its low key buildup much of it taking place in a sleep study facility that while certainly antiseptic is not likely to induce many viewers to sign up to spend a night in one. The movie most chilling moments are the comparatively low key ones such as when one character desperately tries to prevent her newly wobbly teeth from falling out of her mouth.
Q who also executive produced delivers a solid turn in the central role effectively conveying alice vulnerability as well as her fierce determination to help patients and also prevent her young daughter from falling victim to the same phenomena she encounters in her professional life. But her efforts as well as the visually creepy atmospherics permeating the proceedings are not enough to rescue slumber from its cliches. I need to get some sleep Q’s character desperately proclaims at one point. That wont be a problem faced by viewers of this sluggishly paced B movie shocker.