The Sleeping Room – Reviewed
The Sleeping Room, New British horror and directorial debut from writer/producer John Shackleton.
Orphaned 19 year-old Brighton call girl Blue (Leila Mimmack – Becoming Human) is sent by her violent pimp Freddie (David Sibley – Downton Abbey) and his blowsy partner Cynthia (Julie Graham – Tower Block) to meet a new punter in Brighton, unaware of the horrifying impact it will have on her life.
As Blue begins to fall for the quirky charms of her client Bill Hepworth (Joseph Beattie – Hex), she's even more intrigued by the grand Regency terraced house that he is renovating; a once infamous Victorian brothel.
Together they uncover a secret room that unlocks many dark and terrifying secrets relating to Blue's murky family past and the death of her mother. A terrible supernatural force is about to be unleashed and nobody will escape its monstrous power unless a score for a heinous felony is settled.
It all starts to kick off when bill shows Blue on of the old end of the pier “What the Butler saw machines” but what’s on the reel of old flick film in the machine isn’t some old time titillation type of movie this one is called “Dance with the Devil” It appears to show an old man in a sack mask in a room with two ladies, he produces a knife and what at first seems to be some kind of magic trick turns into a throat slitting Victorian snuff movie!
She returns back to chat with madam Cynthia and Freddie and tells them what she has seen, Cynthia then proceeds to tell her the story of a Victorian brothel owner that had a nasty habit of sex with all his own family as well as wanting to film the girls in so called action, the thing was that if they refused they would disappear, Until one day when all the ladies apparently got together to put a stop to all his evilness and he mysteriously disappeared………
The sleeping room is a good low budget horror story, The back story of the guy in the film Dance With the Devil was solid but I would have liked to see a lot more about it maybe we will get a follow up/prequel? That would be great! The actors were all pretty good especially Blue (Leila Mimmack) she is definitely an actress to keep you’re eye on. The Sleeping room will be available on VOD 27th April and you can own it on DVD on 11th May.