Director: Jonathan Hopkins
Writers: Richard Hobley, Jonathan Hopkins
Stars: Maggie Q, Will Kemp, Sylvester McCoy
Plot: A sleep doctor tries to protect a family from a demon that feeds on people in their nightmares.
Running Time: 86 Minutes
IMDB Score: 4.7
Why I Watched It: Cause I like Maggie Q, it was horror and it was on sale at iTunes for $2.99, I know I like a deal.
Random Thoughts: Went in pretty cold with this film, I first saw the poster on iTunes, I hadn’t heard about it read the plot and went for it. I think Maggie Q is under used for the most part and it was good to see her in a horror film.
What I Liked: This is one of those middle of the road films, not bad, not good, watchable but nothing to hang your hat on just the same. Now the two good things for me was Maggie Q, she was good in the lead and she didn’t sleep walk, excuse the pun, she didn’t act down cause it was horror. The standout for me was Sylvester McCoy, he plays an odd character but he’s really the only bit of life in the film. Honestly he’s the only thing that made it a bit different. He was funny but he was also the guy with the rules, the one to explain what needs to be done to fight the sleep demons.
It was filmed well and the idea was solid enough and they were smart to keep it under 90 minutes just not enough story.
What I Didn’t Like: The plot being centred on sleep and nightmares should have been pushed more cause really what we end up with could have been a ghost story, setting it in dream or when you’re asleep really added nothing to the film. The film was bland, except for McCoy’s character the film was pretty boring and sadly none of the effects or scares really worked. Director Hopkins didn’t bring anything new to the table, it was competent but it needed some flare. When you tell a bare bones horror story you better be packing some flare and here Slumber didn’t have any flare.
Final Thoughts: Slumber is the kind of film that is often hard to review cause it isn’t bad enough to rant and rave and not good enough to go on about, it’s a middle of the road film but it’s sunk with being boring for the most part.