Genre : Horror
Rating : R
Director: Phillip Guzman
As complicated as life can be it is surprisingly simple to stay alive. When it comes survival all humans need are air, water, food and sleep. Even then studies have shown that humans can live without water for three to four days while the world record for days without sleep was set by Roy Gardner in 1964. But what if you didn’t have to? That’s what Professor Ella Whatley (played by Yasmine Aker) wants to discover in Sleep No More.
In the 1980s the professor and a small collection of students are doing a study on sleep deprivation. More specifically, to see what happens when you pass 200 hours without sleep. They theorize that once they hit that point the human body adapts and will never need sleep again. But their university funding is cut off when one of their test subjects kills themselves. Already too deep into the study to quit they band together and find a “cure” for sleep. With the help of the experimental drug Cogniphan students Joe (Keli Price), Frannie (Brea Grant), Holly (Christine Dwyer) and Dale (Stephen Ellis) plan to stay up for over a week. Hours turns into days and the students are feeling the effects. As they get closer to hitting what they call the “lucidity point” they begin to see something humans were never meant to see.
Directed by Phillip Guzman (Dead Awake) and written by Jason Murphy (The League of Extremely Ordinary Gentlemen short), Sleep No More is the latest in a long line of ‘science gone awry’ movies such as The Lazarus Effect and Flatliners. For the most part Sleep No More does what’s expected of those kinds of movies. Whether it is overlooking obvious signs of evil or sticking with the experiment no matter what Sleep No More is a classic example of dumb horror heroes. What makes it stick out from the more recent variations on the trope is its use of an 80’s aesthetic. Similar to movies such as Summer of ’84 and Stranger Things, Sleep No More utilizes older technology, a synth score and a collection of 80’s classics to set the mood. And yet it doesn’t quite feel right. They do an admirable job trying to replicate the Reagan years but the movie feels a bit too glossy to really emulate the era. Unfortunately, the same kind of inconsistency appears in more crucial parts of the film like the special effects.
That isn’t to say all of the effects are bad. In fact, the practical effects look good for an independent title. The suicide that end the initial experiments looks particularly gruesome. The problems arise when it comes to the computer-generated effects. Whenever we are given glimpses of the other world it looks dreadful. Looking like a mix of smoke and The Midnight Man everything looks fake and takes you out the movie. By the time our tired students start to hallucinate the effects look like something out of a Syfy movie. As bad as it looks the cast sell it all flawlessly.
Although Sleep No More has a relatively small cast each of them do a beautiful job showing the wear of sleep deprivation and the experiment. Despite Aker’s Professor Whatley is more of a background character observing the patients she gives the role a professionalism that separates her from the rest of the cast. By her side, at least initially, is Keli Price as Joe. Diving headfirst into the experiment he does a good job anchoring the whole production, exuding an early Andrew Garfield quality in his performance. Providing Sleep No More’s comic relief is Stephen Ellis. Playing Dale, he puts in the most over-the-top performance. It is especially noticeable after as the hours tick by and his performance becomes peak Nic Cage-esque. It really adds some pep to the movie.
Genre favorite Brea Grant (better known for Beyond the Gates and All the Creatures Were Stirring) gives a predictably good performance as Frannie. One of the more developed characters she eagerly goes into the experiment before being forced to tap out early. The only person who doesn’t get a chance to shine is Christine Dwyer as Holly. In fairness that’s hardly her fault. They just don’t develop her character enough and displaying the typical symptoms of insomnia. Despite that hiccup though the cast are definitely the highlight of Sleep No More.
There are many symptoms when it comes to a lack of sleep with the most common being irritability, forgetfulness and headaches. But if I had to ascribe a symptom to Sleep No More would be clumsiness. Despite a good cast and solid direction the movie can’t seem to help but stumble. Whenever the movie gets on a roll we’ll get an appearance from the smoke or a terrible looking ghost that takes you completely out of it. There’s a solid movie in here it just never comes into focus.
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Sleep No More is available on DVD, Bluray, VOD and Digital HD Now
EXCLUSIVE: Charlie Michael Baker, A 16-Year-Old CEO Changing the World of Autism and Anxiety
Today, at the adolescent age of sixteen, Charlie Michael Baker is already set on his journey to help millions of people worldwide suffering from autism. Baker is more than just an influencer, CEO, and an accomplished author. After being diagnosed with autism Charlie has always tried to transform society and aware people of the difficulties one faces. From being bullied in school to collaborating with Kylie Jenner, Baker is the true definition of a champion as he continues to conquer everything against all odds!
We had the opportunity to connect with Charlie Michael Baker to understand his journey better. Read our conversation below.
At the mere age of 16 you’re helping kids and parents understand autism with your book Charlie Baker: Autism And Me, how do you think it’s creating an impact and helping people going through something similar as you did?
Charlie: At just 16, it feels like I’ve accomplished so much in such a short amount of time and it’s so rewarding! My book, Charlie Baker: Autism And Me, has helped so many people which is such a rewarding thing to me. The whole reason I wrote my book was to help people and I even helped myself more than anything. Speaking up about what happened to me in school was such a relief for me because I felt like I had nobody to talk to when I was going through it.
Raising £350,000 for autism charities is praiseworthy, how do you plan to proceed further to help more autistic people worldwide?
Charlie: So far, we’ve raised just over £400,000 ($485,000+, €458,000+). This is an unimaginable amount of money and has helped lots of people worldwide! I plan to continue to donate every cent of the proceeds to my book to charities helping people with autism forever!
How can other people help in your contribution?
Charlie: Purchasing my book, Charlie Baker: Autism And Me contributes to many charities globally helping autistic people who are not able to work due to their disability. Purchasing my book is a massive help to everyone currently struggling!
You suffered a lot, and even got suicidal at one point, how do you think the youth can protect themselves from situations like you faced?
Charlie: I was in a really dark place at that time… suicide crossed my mind a few times and it was so bad that I even had to lock myself into school toilets to get away from my bullies. My book was my only escape. I found myself in my writing and it’s honestly the most rewarding thing ever! If anyone is going through any sort of unkindness, tell someone that can help! Tell an adult, a friend, a family member. They can help so don’t be afraid to ask for it!
You once mentioned that you were physically assaulted and your teacher “did nothing about it”. Do you think your life would have been different if some action was taken?
Charlie: I was physically assaulted by another student at a school I was at and we were even right beside a teacher…. Not just any teacher, though, the head of safeguarding. The lead of the safeguarding team ignored what had just happened even though it was caught on camera. Many teachers have even bought my book and they were just as disgusted at this behaviour and have been very vocal about it! My book does circulate some school libraries in England which is such a rewarding feeling. Teachers and schooling staff know of my existence and I know some action is being taken off the back of people like me speaking out.
How do you feel about your bullies now?
Charlie: My bullies still message me to this day. Whether it’s asking me for money, or asking me to shout them out on Instagram… they are still around!
You once mentioned about having a job and working 9 to 5, what do you aim for your future?
Charlie: I work a 9-5 currently at a beauty company in Manchester, England and I love it there! I’ve always loved working and not just ‘sitting around and making money off of Instagram’ as some people may think that’s what we do, so I work full time! All money that I make through Instagram goes into a trust and is helping me build my future. I’m so thankful to every one of my followers, fans and even my not – so – friendly followers. Just remember, it’s nice to be nice!
Baker has been vocal about anxiety, ADHD, autism, and mental health problems. He continues to donate and help people in all ways he can. You can support his cause by getting a copy of his book Charlie Baker: Autism and Me.
On Sale Today: The Kick-A** Book of Cobra Kai
The perfect tie-in for the fifth season of ‘Cobra Kai’ is here.
This feature was made possible by an advance copy from Harper Collins and Dey Street Books.
As the holiday season approaches and fans of the wildly-popular Cobra Kai have likely binged the show’s fifth season, a new addition has arrived that is a must-have for any true sensei. That would be The Kick-A** Book of Cobra Kai; a new book chronicling the history and making of the Netflix series.
Serving as the official companion to the series, The Kick-A** Book of Cobra Kai is filled with vibrant page-turning designs with complete character breakdowns, interviews (including an insightful chat with stunt coordinator Don Lee) and beautiful pictures from the show and behind-the-scenes.
For a complete synopsis of what to expect from the book, see the official one courtesy of Harper Collins below:
The Kick-A** Book of Cobra Kai is a celebration of the superfans — an essential companion to the show acting as a master sensei ready to guide readers through the karate-crazed San Fernando Valley. The legacy of The Karate Kid and Cobra Kai continues with never-before-seen photographs and illustrations as well as interviews with Ralph Macchio (Daniel LaRusso), William Zabka (Johnny Lawrence), Martin Kove (John Kreese), Xolo Maridueña(Miguel Diaz), Mary Mouser (Samantha LaRusso), and MUCH MORE!
The show’s creators will give an unprecedented look inside the making of Cobra Kai: the writing, directing, and production of this beloved franchise that has grown from scrappy underdog to a global phenomenon. You will hear directly from the show’s crew, including our stunt team who will give you an exclusive behind the scenes look into fight choreography, journey through the Valley from the magical retreat of the Miyagi-do dojo to the humble strip mall that houses the Cobra Kai dojo with our set designers, and hear from our composers how the badass soundtrack for the show was conceived. And much more!
What better time than while you wait for the sixth season of the show to read through this incredible guide to all things Cobra Kai? Plus, what would your sensei likely suggest you do? Strike first and get your copy of The Kick-A** Book of Cobra Kai today.
Check out their official website for more information, including where to buy the book.
‘A Haunting in Venice’ Marks the Return of Branagh’s Poirot
Production on 20th Century Studios’ “A Haunting in Venice,” an unsettling supernatural-thriller inspired by Agatha Christie’s novel Hallowe’en Party, is set to begin next month. The film, which is directed by Oscar® winner Kenneth Branagh (“Belfast”) and features a screenplay by Oscar nominee Michael Green (“Logan”), will shoot at Pinewood Studios outside London and on location in Venice. A brilliant acting ensemble portraying a cast of unforgettable characters will be featured, including Kenneth Branagh, Kyle Allen (“Rosaline”), Camille Cottin (“Call My Agent”), Jamie Dornan (“Belfast”), Tina Fey (“30 Rock”), Jude Hill (“Belfast”), Ali Khan (“6 Underground”), Emma Laird (“Mayor of Kingstown”), Kelly Reilly (“Yellowstone”), Riccardo Scamarico (“Caravaggio’s Shadow”), and Michelle Yeoh (“Everything Everywhere All at Once”). “A Haunting in Venice” will open in theatres nationwide in 2023.
Set in eerie, post-World War II Venice on All Hallows’ Eve, “A Haunting in Venice” is a terrifying mystery featuring the return of the celebrated sleuth, Hercule Poirot. Now retired and living in self-imposed exile in the world’s most glamorous city, Poirot reluctantly attends a séance at a decaying, haunted palazzo. When one of the guests is murdered, the detective is thrust into a sinister world of shadows and secrets.
Kenneth Branagh will once again reprise the role of Poirot and will direct the movie as well. Michael Green penned the script, based on Agatha Christie’s Hallowe’en Party. And Production will take place at Pinewood Studios outside London and on location in Venice. In a statement, Kenneth Branagh said:
“This is a fantastic development of the character Hercule Poirot, as well as the Agatha Christie franchise. Based on a complex, little known tale of mystery set at Halloween in a pictorially ravishing city, it is an amazing opportunity for us, as filmmakers, and we are relishing the chance to deliver something truly spine-chilling for our loyal movie audiences.”Kenneth Brannagh
Steve Asbell, president of 20th Century Studios, added, “We are enormously privileged to continue our long collaboration with the incomparable Sir Kenneth Branagh and couldn’t be more excited by the bold new creative direction Ken, Michael, and the rest of the filmmaking team have taken with this latest film. We also remain grateful to James Prichard and the rest of our friends at Agatha Christie, Ltd., for their partnership and for once again entrusting us with, as Poirot modestly calls himself, ‘probably the greatest detective in the world.’”
I’m such a huge fan of Agatha Christie and of what Branagh has done with the last two films. He’s brought Christie into a contemporary era as we’ve ventured from a murder aboard the Orient Express to a Death along the River Nile. His adaptations are beautifully stylised and this Haunting aesthetic is going to be perfect for an October release maybe?
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