The Sleep­ing Room

SFX: The Sci-Fi and Fantasy Magazine - - Rated dvd & blu-ray -

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

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