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re­leased 14 Jan­uary 2018 | 15 | dVd

Sleep paral­y­sis is a ripe area for a hor­ror film to ex­plore, but Mara is only a par­tial suc­cess. A trou­bled psy­chol­o­gist (Olga Kurylenko) in­ves­ti­gates an ap­par­ent mur­der, only to find her­self tar­geted by a de­mon that kills peo­ple in their sleep. It’s cre­atively shot and Kurylenko stands out in a gen­er­ally good cast, but the scares are ex­tremely rote and prone to cliché (spooky CCTV footage lost its bite a long time ago…). This isn’t a bad film, but as a hor­ror, it’s more than a lit­tle bland.

Ex­tras None. Will Salmon

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