Don't Sleep (2017)

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After moving into a cottage together, two young lovers confront horrors of a forgotten childhood.

"Don't Sleep" is a 2017 mental scary film directed by Rick Bieber, and starring Dominic Sherwood, Charlbi Dean, Drea de Matteo, and Jill Hennessy. The movie combines the genre of psychological horror with thriller and drama. It principally explores styles of dark memories, suppressed fears, and how they affect our subconscious mind.

Plot Summary
The motion picture follows Zach Bradford (Dominic Sherwood) and Shawn Edgington (Charlbi Dean Kriek), a young couple who move into a new home. Mystical and frightening occasions quickly unfold in their new surroundings. The story revolves mainly around Zach and his haunting problems sourced from his repressed childhood experiences.

The movie opens with Zach experiencing a chilling nightmare of a disturbing figure streaming from a shadowy fog who imparts a stone onto him. As upsetting occasions continue to happen, Zach discovers from his mother (Jill Hennessy) and his youth psychiatrist Dr. Richard Sommers (Cary Elwes) that these aren't just nightmares. Rather, they are repressed memories from his youth.

Zach had a pal in childhood, called Shawn, who was thought to be an imaginary friend due to his peculiar behavior. It is later revealed that "Shawn" was not a good friend however an ancient, demon-like entity that eats fear, and Zach has usually regained memory of this threatening figure.

Twists and Turns
As the film advances, the foreboding environments, paired with psychological thriller, deepen the secret. Zach's memories reveal that the satanic force had actually eliminated his childhood good friend Shawn. This discovery intensifies the fear for his sweetheart Shawn, sharing the exact same name as his youth pal.

Zach's attempts to eliminate and conquer his fear by dealing with the satanic force not only risks his life however likewise Shawn's. The couple's desperation for survival tests their love, trust, and psychological endurance.

In the climax, things come to a head as the couple need to face the devil. The regret of not saving his childhood good friend enhances the hazard for Zach. He should face the devil in a dire struggle to secure Shawn and show his love.

The climax ends with Zach and Shawn living to inform the tale but living under the constant danger of the demon's return. The thriller element persists up until completion, leaving the audiences on a cliffhanger.

Critical Review
"Don't Sleep" captures the essence of the mental scary category with its inexplicably unfolding, intense story, and appealing efficiencies. However, the movie has actually gotten combined reviews for its execution. Some critics praised its unusual plot and the lead stars' performances, especially Sherwood and Hennessy. Still, others discovered the story rather complicated and the ending somewhat abrupt and insufficient.

Despite the mixed reception, "Don't Sleep" stands as a fascinating exploration of subconscious fears and their repercussions. It certainly leaves a mark on the audience's mind, providing lots of scares and thriller along the method.

Top Cast

  • Cary Elwes (small)
    Cary Elwes
    Dr. Richard Sommers
  • Dominic Sherwood (small)
    Dominic Sherwood
    Zach Bradford
  • Drea de Matteo (small)
    Drea de Matteo
    Jo Marino
  • Jill Hennessy (small)
    Jill Hennessy
    Cindy Bradford
  • Andrew Lewis Caldwell (small)
    Andrew Lewis Caldwell
    Timmy Mickelsen
  • Alex Rocco (small)
    Alex Rocco
    Mr. Marino
  • Alex Carter (small)
    Alex Carter
    Vincent Marino
  • Marem Hassler (small)
    Marem Hassler
    Sandy Sommers
  • Charlbi Dean (small)
    Charlbi Dean
    Shawn Edmond
  • Dash Williams (small)
    Dash Williams
    Young Zach
  • Riley Lio (small)
    Riley Lio