The Sleeping Room
Release Date: 11 May
2014 | 15 | DVD
This tale of
seaside seediness falls somewhere between Broadchurch and The Woman In Black. It follows Blue ( Leila Mimmack), a call girl who discovers a stash of Victorian snuff movies and attracts the ire of a murderous spirit.
The first half is nicely atmospheric, with loving shots of Brighton and a brooding score. Mimmack is a strong lead, too.
The carefully balanced tone slips as the supernatural elements come to the fore, and the ending is messy, but overall this is solid and effective. Can we call a moratorium on horror villains wearing hessian masks now, though?
Extras: A three- minute short, an interview with director John Shackleton, an effects featurette, behind- the- scenes footage, a trailer and a gallery. Will Salmon