Release Date: October 26, 2012 (limited theatrical) Studio: Dark Sky Films Director: Jaume Balaguero Screenwriter: Alberto Marini Starring: Luis Tosar, Marta Etura, Alberto San Juan, Pep Tosar MPAA Rating: Not Yet Rated
Cesar works as a doorman in a Barcelona apartment building. Happiness eludes him and he feels the need to reaffirm his reasons for living on a daily basis. He goes about his day to day work mainly unnoticed by the residents of the building, but he pays close attention to them. He knows all the intimate details of their lives, everything about them, especially one of them. Clara is a happy-go-lucky young woman, who always looks on the positive side of things. Her cheery attitude to life makes Cesar’s skin crawl. He won’t be happy until he has wiped that smile of her face once and for all, because Cesar feeds off other people’s pain. He delights in the unhappiness and anguish of others and he loves nothing more than to plant the seed of misery and watch it grow. In Clara he has found the perfect target, and he will go to extreme lengths to make her life miserable. But Cesar is starting to get a bit too cocky, and soon his carefully thought out plans will start to unravel. Luckily for him, he has one last ace up his sleeve.
The Filmax venture Summer Camp is a title we first told you about a year ago at the American Film Market 2012. The film has been in development since then with Alberto Martini at the helm. He scripted Sleep Tight for Filmax.
This weekend, news of some progress has come forward.
Peter Safran, the producer of The Conjuring, and Patelion Films, a division of Lionsgate, are coming aboard to shepherd the project with Filmax.
Shooting begins in Barcelona February 2014. Head inside for plot details!
Look for a “best of 2012″ list from each of Shock’s contributing writers throughout the week!
Optimism has been renewed. Things might be looking up for horror. For the last two years or so, I always frowned at the task of creating a year-end “top 10” list. It got to a point where I felt compelled to par back and draft only a “top five.” This year, however, I break the norm and present eight films. I’m happy to say coming up with top five was all too easy and I really didn’t want to leave three titles behind, so here are my “top eight horror films of 2012.”
Over-all, the year was a mixed bag – as each year in the genre tends to be – although I’m always hopeful that we’ll soon have 12 months where the good far outweighs the bad. Speaking of “bad,” let me take a moment to fire off some of the titles that would have made a “worst of 2012” list had I created a separate article. You ready? The Devil Inside (atrocious, not to mention incomplete), House at the End of the Street (inept), The Woman in Black (generic), The Raven (predictable), Silent Hill: Revelation (boring) and Smiley (nonsensical drivel).
This year proved that the big studios still don’t know quite what to do with the genre, so we get clunky fare like Abraham Lincoln: Vampire Hunter or Dark Shadows, the aforementioned The Raven or The Apparition. Three of the films that made my top six this year were studio release; out of that group one was long-delayed and another was made through a smaller company yet given a wide release. This further reinforces that the studios in the Hollywood system are slightly misguided about the genre and for quality and diversity, horror fans should turn their attention towards the direct-to-DVD or VOD market.
This review originally ran in 2011 and is being re-posted for the October 26, 2012 U.S. release.
When he was flying solo, Jaume Balaguero’s career was synonymous with mediocrity. But this Spanish genre filmmaker’s oeuvre strengthened when he partnered with colleague Paco Plaza for the Rec films. With the first two entries in that horror series, the pair’s combined ferocious sensibilities kicked international horror fare in the ass. After Rec 2, however, Balaguero opted to venture out on his own again. And he had a lot to prove. Would he slip back into the muddled, languid storytelling that plagued previous efforts like Darkness or Fragile? The answer is a resounding “no.” His latest effort, Sleep Tight, is a top-notch, disturbing thriller demonstrating the work of a maturing director who has learned from past mistakes. Balaguero mines familiar territory, yet his film still manages to work its way under your skin thanks to a script by Alberto Marini. It will provoke many to check under their bed before they go to sleep.
One of my favorite films from last year’s Fantastic Fest is making its way into theaters this fall. The Dark Sky Films acquisition, Sleep Tight, hailing from Spain, is opening simultaneously on VOD and in U.S. theaters on October 26th.
You can read our review here.
Toiling silently amongst the residents of an everyday Barcelona apartment building, doorman Cesar (Luis Tosar) harbors a dark secret: his sole desire in life is to make others unhappy. When he sets his sights on Clara (Marta Clara), one of his building’s cheeriest residents, his sick need blossoms into a full-fledged obsession.
One of my favorite films to play Fantastic Fest 2011 was Jaume Balaguero’s Sleep Tight, the creepy thrilller from the co-director of Rec and Rec 2. Many months later, I’m happy to report that the Spanish import is coming to the U.S.
MPI Media Group has acquired the rights to release the film and will do so through Dark Sky Films. Alberto Marini scripted Sleep Tight which stars Luis Tosar, Marta Etura, Alberto San Juan and Pep Tosar.
A fall release is being planned. Head inside for a synopsis and English-subbed trailer.
Kidnapped solidified Miguel Angel Vivas as a “director to watch” for us.
Although his relentless home invasion flick brought nothing new to the table story-wise, it was tough as nails and packed plenty of style. Now, it appears he’ll be reuniting with Kidnapped’s production house, Filmax, for another new film, I Will Die Tonight.
Vivas is going to work from a script by Alberto Marini, who scripted Jaume Balaguero’s superb Spanish thriller Sleep Tight.
That’s the art for the film that was whipped up in anticipation of the Cannes film market. Head inside for the synopsis.