I don’t usually do reviews of books or anything else since so many blogs out there do that already. What’s another blog raving about Fifty Shades of Grey (by EL James), the Hackers series (by Meredith Wild), or the Something Great series (by Mary Ting), right? So here’s my review of something non-book related.
Three friends online recommended this movie. It’s only an hour and 10 minutes long (an hour if you cut out the intro to the movie, and the end credits).
The Curse of Sleeping Beauty on Netflix brings a horror-demonic spin to the beloved Sleeping Beauty tale I loved as a child. This is NOT the fairy tale kid’s kind of movie you show little Susie after her playdate. This is a darker, terror version of the cute Disney movie.
The story begins with Thomas who wakes up from a nightmare after seeing the beautiful Beauty asleep in a bed located in a dessert out in the blazing sun (because ya know, the story couldn’t be in a royal palace or something logical like that). Thomas finds out the uncle he only knew as the family reject but never met, died from suicide, and he inherits the giant creepy mansion which he sees in his dreams but never saw in person before. After trying to get an estimate for the old place to sell it, the lady who shows up becomes oddly obsessed with the place, and starts asking all sorts of questions. After some electrical power is restored, Thomas goes exploring, and finds a weird study filled with books, maps, and one particular book he takes out of the room before shutting the door behind him. This study is hidden behind a wall, and to open the wall, he has to cut his finger and smear some of his blood into a statue. (Totally normal, right?) According to Thomas’s research, that mansion has been in his family passed down from one relative to another for several hundred years, and every person who has lived there has died in some weird way or another after going crazy. There’s also several people who have been inside the house but have never returned. That realtor estimate lady’s brother was one of the missings, hence her interest in the house. She’s spent the last year looking for her brother. There’s also a tie between the sleeping beauty in Thomas’s nightmares, and the mansion he just inherited. In his dreams, she claims that she’s asleep in the basement hidden away in the mansion. To wake up, she prompts Thomas to free her with his kiss, but she’s being guarded by a demon, the demon of the veil between life and death. (With all this crap going on, Thomas never questions why she was put to sleep, and locked away at the bottom of a basement in the first place.) The demon of the veil thwarts any intruders to the mansion with her demonic followers. Those demonic followers used to be living people the demon turned into mannequin statues brought back from the dead. That realtor’s brother was one of the mannequins turned demonic. Thomas, being the prince he is, frees the Beauty, and her little secret. She’s not all looks.
The cute pictures on the Facebook page, and the trailers gave this movie a cutesy feel to it when in fact the movie’s very dark. Especially when the weirdo investigator guy got killed by the demon inside the mansion. They didn’t edit out the blood or the gore. There’s also a part of the movie’s intro where a finger is cut by the spinning wheel’s spindle, and a giant blood drop falls down the finger with matching creepy background music.
Overall, I give this movie a decent 4 stars out of 5 because this movie got kind of lengthy during all the dialogue where a “show don’t tell” would’ve worked better. Hey, at least they picked a very pretty girl to play the sleeping beauty, and Thomas was kind of cute.
I think it would’ve been better if the ending didn’t conclude with a cliffhanger.