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Old 09-25-23, 12:00 AM
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"Sleepless" Reviews/Discussion - 2023 Horror Challenge

Sleepless (2001)

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These "October Horror Movie Challenge" threads are for the discussion of the films in the 31 FILM SUBSET list.

The plan is for everyone to watch this film on the October day in the thread title, and to start discussing it the morning of the following day.
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Re: "Sleepless" Reviews/Discussion - 2023 Horror Challenge

On the English dub I have access to (I assume in general) the killer's voice (at least on the phone) sounds just like Roger Jackson (the 'ghostface' voice on Scream franchise) - distractingly so.

Max Von is an epic actor but seems miscast as a forgetful burnt detective; he seems un-naturally humble here.

The nursery rhyme based killer is a good idea but that is one far out rhyme it's hard to easily keep track of all the animals.

Itís strange how many parallels get drawn between horror and ballet.

I did not expect that killer reveal, not sure anyone could - its a stretch that is a cool visual but a bit nonsense.

A shame that Sleepless reminds so much of Giallo classics while being just serviceable itself; Im hoping Argento got his 'mojo' back for Dark Glassess.

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Re: "Sleepless" Reviews/Discussion - 2023 Horror Challenge

As far as later Argento films go, you can do far worse than this one. It's serviceable if a little long. There are definitely some memorable kills. I had forgotten the one with the musical instrument. That was rough as was the smashing of the teeth. The final gunshot to the head was nicely done as well.

I saw this once years ago and thought it was super slow. I did like the movie more on rewatch, but as deliberately paced as most of the movie is, that ending sure felt rushed. It just felt weird, perhaps even more so with the end credits going over the final scene.

The only thing I really remembered about the movie once it got started was who the killer is but couldn't exactly remember the reasoning for it. The one thing that did feel obvious was that it wasn't a dwarf. The reveal made for a good explanation. You'd think Giacomo would have known the killer was a kid, though. Oh, the actress who played Gloria reminded me so much of Asia Argento.
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Old 10-25-23, 11:37 PM
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The pacing on this one was pretty off and hurt a decent story. Also, a lot of the acting, dubbing, and dialogue was so bad that it kept making me chuckle which would destroy whatever minor tension this film could possibly offer.

The gunshot at the end was awesome but gunshot guy's voice was so damn funny that it made it even more laughable that he was revealed to be the killer.

There is a good movie in here somewhere. The effects and score were definitely solid on this one.

My rating: ** out of *****
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Re: "Sleepless" Reviews/Discussion - 2023 Horror Challenge

Max Von Sydow was a treat, as always, and the mystery was sufficiently twisty. I suspected the father of the bff early on, but wasn't disappointed with the real ending. The "killer dwarf" stuff reminded me of Don't Look Now. I enjoyed the old detective/young boy collab. 3/5 stars for me.

What a horrible nursery rhyme! I hope that wasn't a real book that was actually published anywhere and that it was just made up for the film.

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