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Don't Go to Sleep

Don't Go to Sleep (1982)


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Release Date: Dec 10, 1982 Wide

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Release Date: Dec 10, 1982 Wide



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Little Mary (Robin Ignico) is haunted by the guilty memory of her sister Jennifer, who died in an auto accident not long ago. Jennifer had always been more adored by their parents, and Mary can't help thinking that her jealousy was behind Jennifer's death. Soon, Mary begins to imagine that there's something, or someone, hiding under her bed, and it becomes apparent that the nocturnal visitor is her dead sister. The apparition, who is only seen by Mary, is not satisfied being the only member of


Television, Horror, Mystery & Suspense

Jun 12, 1991

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Pretty old movie. Not that bad. I watched this at night but wasn't scared at all. But I have to admit that the ending was scary.
January 15, 2010
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I stumbled on this movie purely by accident. (I'm glad I did) I don't usually find many movies that "scare" me, but there are exceptions "In Possession", "The Grudge" (Japanese version), "Ghostwatch" and finally "Don't go to sleep".

The story centres on a family who a year before has a car accident as the father has had one too many drinks and their eldest daughter gets killed due to a prank done on her by her younger siblings. The family move in with their grandmother so they can look after her. (Played by Ruth Gordon)

She then later comes back as a ghost and haunts the younger sister who after a while becomes friends when Jennifer the older sister reveals herself to her, but this friendship becomes sinister when the sisters (mostly Jennifer who is out for revenge) decides to kill off other members of their family.

The grandmother gets killed when the brother puts his pet Lizard under her sheets, scaring her to death. The second member is the brother (played by Oliver Robins from Poltergeist), he gets killed when he is trying to retrieve a Frisbee which gets stuck on the roof of the house, while he is climbing on the roof gets knocked off when an invisible force opens the window. The third member who gets killed is the father, (played by Dennis Weaver) while he is taking a bath and a radio falls into it.

Later on, because the younger sister is labelled mentally unstable, she is sent to a lunatic asylum and Jennifer leaves her behind. Later on while her mother is sleeping, (played by Valerie Harper) Jennifer appears in front with a very evil grin on her face. When her mother screams, the movie ends.

Although this was a very low budget TV movie, the storyline is the main theme which makes this film creepy and very scary. Don't underestimate it, although very similar to "The Grudge". "The Grudge" concentrated more on special effects in order to make it scary. Don't go to sleep concentrated more on the story. This is a brilliant ghost story and I recommend you see it.

I must congratulate the entire cast and the director and I wish ABC would release it because it is very rare movie to find and if you do find a copy, you're extremely lucky.
July 17, 2009

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Hilarious made-for-TV horror flick which has a family moving into a new home after the death of one of their girls. The dead girl haunts her sister and seems to compel her to kill off the entire family. There's some fun creative death scenes in this movie. I loved the banter between the two sisters. Dennis Weaver and Valerie Harper do not seem like a good match. Ruth Gordon makes a decent Grandma appearance. Oliver Robins plays the brother, and similar to his "Poltergeist" character. Don't expect any major gore or frights. It's a lot of fun, and considered an 80's cheesy classic.
August 27, 2007

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