Reviewed byArgemalucoVote: 6/10/10
Despite what the title suggests, The Curse of Sleeping Beauty isn't a"re-imagination" of the classic fairy-tale, but an adaptation of a "webcomic" created by Everette Hartsoe (which I have never read), which waspartially inspired by the tale Little Briar Rose, by the GrimmBrothers... also known as Sleeping Beauty. Mmh... after all, I think itis in fact a "re-imagination" of the fairy-tale. Anyway, there's asleeping woman at the center of the movie, and a main character withthe mission to awake her. But there's also a demon with a female voice,sinister apparitions inside the abandoned mansion and an inexplicableabundance of mannequins which occasionally display signs of life.Despite such a far-fetched premise, The Curse of Sleeping Beauty startsdecently, with a well raised mystery, while director Pearry ReginaldTeo (of whom I had only seen the ambitious but failed science fictionmovie The Gene Generation) lets the narrative flow organically, at thesame time he shows an interesting visual style. Unfortunately, thescreenplay loses focus and consistency after half an hour, when it addsnew variables, such as the hateful hacker/comic relief who musttranslate a document written on an unknown language; and an "expert" inparanormal affairs. I guess I understand what screenwriter Josh Nadlerwas trying to do with the latter character (a kind of a paranormal DocBrown), but instead of bringing him personality, he only highlightedthe foolishness behind the theories and conclusions of the specialist.It's a pity that The Curse of Sleeping Beauty ended up being anunsatisfactory film, because it showed some promise during thebeginning. The problem is that the screenplay quickly crumbles, andthat made me lose any interest. Having said that, I will keep expectingTeo's future films with interest; the movies I have seen from himhaven't been good due to their poor screenplays, but he obviously hasvision and narrative abilities which could be exploited with betterwritten stories and more resources. For the rest, The Curse of SleepingBeauty is another good reason to leave fairy- tales in peace, unlessauthor Neil Gaiman is involved.
Reviewed byHellmantVote: 5/10/10
'THE CURSE OF SLEEPING BEAUTY': Two and a Half Stars (Out of Five)
Another B-horror flick based on a classic Brothers Grimm fairy tale.This one is a dark modern update of 'Sleeping Beauty' (written by theBrothers Grimm and Charles Perrault); it deals with an art painter, whoinherits an ancient curse (which involves dreams of a 'sleepingbeauty'). The film was directed by Pearry Reginald Teo; and it wasscripted by Teo and first time feature film writer Josh Nadler (basedon the comic book by Everette Hartsoe). It stars India Eisley, EthanPeck, Natalie Hall and Bruce Davison. The movie received harshlynegative reviews from critics, and a large percentage of viewers aswell. I hated it at first; but then I grew to enjoy it more, as it wenton.
The story centers around an art painter, named Thomas Kaiser (Peck),who keeps having dreams of a beautiful sleeping woman (Eisley). Hecontinuously tries to wake her, but is unsuccessful. Thomas laterlearns of his uncle's suicide, and the mansion he left him; which hadbeen in his family for generations. While investigating the property,for appraisal reasons, Thomas also learns of an ancient curse there,and his role as the 'protector'. He must keep the demons in his newhome imprisoned there, while also trying to awake the sleeping beauty.He finds help from a friendly realtor (Hall), and a paranormalinvestigator (Davison).
For the first 45-minutes of the movie, I was completely bored (andfalling asleep). The acting and writing were atrocious; and the filmwas really repetitive, and uninvolving. Then, about halfway through themovie, it got a lot more interesting, and entertaining. Once it got tothe story, it became filled with more tense, and very gruesome, imagery(and stunningly beautiful women). At that point, I enjoyed it a lotmore. It's still mostly a bore, and a misfire, but a sequel could be alot better (which the end is completely set up for).
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Reviewed byRenee HarperVote: 4/10/10
I was more than intrigued by this take on Sleeping Beauty, and itshowed a lot of promise. It wasn't fancy or big budget, and the actinghad some not-so-great moments, but I still highly enjoyed it. Until theend. It doesn't end, it just stops. It sets up for a sequel, but youcan do that without having such an unsatisfying ending. And if nosequel is planned that makes it even worse. There is no resolution, noconclusion...it just stops. And leaves you angry. I liked it otherwise,but I just can't get past the end.
"The Curse of Sleeping Beauty" is an entirely new, dark vision of the classic Brothers Grimm adventure. Thomas Kaiser inherits an ancestral mansion that has been in his family for generations, only to learn that he has also inherited an ancient curse stemming back to the Crusades. Forced into his new role as "protector", the guardian appointed to keep the evil demons in the house at bay, Thomas must unravel the mystery of the house, while struggling to awaken the beautiful Briar Rose, held captive in a terrifying netherworld seen previously in his dreams.