Isaacs Picture Conclusions

THE SLEEPER (2012) FIVE TOP HATS

Ladies and Gentlemen,

I would not present myself to you today and report back that this is a perfect movie – five top hat style. I stand before you this morning to tell you this: I FUCKING LOVED THIS. I loved this from the opening scene to the very end. Well wait, let’s go back in time a minute.

This movie falls into my favorite category – The Group Of Girls Trapped Somewhere Being Picked Off One By One. You might think I am pre-disposed to favoring this kind of thing, but if you’ve ever looked at my TGOGTSBPOOBO page you’ll see that I have seen my share of shitty stinkers. But this – this is not shitty – I thought this was fantastic and right up my alley. It was old school, good fun with rotary telephones and big puffy jackets and a synth score and filled with hot chicks and it was nicely gory and awesome and – to cap it all off – right about in the middle is one of the best group line dance scenes I’ve seen in years!!! I mean – it rocked so much!! Anyway – THE SLEEPER isn’t going to be for everyone but I’ll take this and BLOODY BOODY BIBLE CAMP any day of the week.

In my opinion, they totally nailed this one for what they wanted to do. I mean, I assume they wanted to make a throwback to the 80s horror films when they set it in 1981 in a sorority house where everyone is chased around by an awesome killer-with-a-hammer who likes to call the house and cry on the other end of the line. I also thoroughly enjoyed that all of the chicks (all hot) weren’t giant, fake chested floozies – this made them more relatable and fun. The two or three lead dudes didn’t spend a lot of time on screen but they weren’t too bad but I did really enjoy the character and acting of the guy that played Detective Drake – very serious, very tough.

I also liked that we didn’t have to deal with any fluffy bullshit – it’s a guy killing people with a hammer and an axe and a knife. That’s it. No sub or back stories. Chicks are making it with dudes, chicks are playing basketball and swimming, and a maniac is killing them off.  Like I’ve always said, to each their own and this might not be for everyone, but it was just right for me. I think it was when I wrote about PATHOLOGY that I relayed my story about using the word TITS incorrectly. Well that was the 80s and since this is when this takes place, let’s go with “This movie is TITS!!”

Lastly – you who are helping me write KNIFE! (even though we’re going very slowly {my fault}) – this is pretty much how I envision the world of KNIFE! being… if you wanted to do some homework 🙂 Now I am going to go watch this again before my rental expires.

I REALLY liked Jenna Fournier

P.S. Filmmakers – sequel PLEASE????????

24 comments

    • theipc

      Well – I sure hope you like it but even if it doesn’t fill you with warm happiness like it did me – we’ll be on the road to epicness…. you HAVE to tell me what you thought of that dance…

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      • theipc

        When they first started dancing I was like – whoa… and then two seconds into it I was like – I LOVE THIS!! I watched it (that scene) three or four times. I like the chick in the second line / the middle who looks like she’s really having a good time – and then the guy in the back who keeps messing up : )

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    • theipc

      It looks like they released a special DVD box with this cover that came with a VHS in it! I really want to buy it but I don’t have a VHS player any more : (

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  1. goregirl

    Really love that retro cover! …”one of the best group line dance scenes I’ve seen in years”? Haha! Well I might have to see it just for that! I’ve never even heard of this one; but than again I am always pitifully behind on new horror titles. You’ve convinced me…I’ll put it in the queue.

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      • catalinmesaru

        I know a lot of people that hated it which makes me sad inside. I think it would make a great double feature with Ti West’s House of the Devil.

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      • theipc

        100%!! When I was writing this up last week I was going to say “if you like House of the Devil (which I do) you’ll likely love this.’ But then I remembered that a lot of people rag on HOTD (for some reason??) (sure I guess it’s too slow for some folks) and didn’t want to turn them away because this is really good. You’re the only other person I know who’s seen it so my score card is 100% positive : )

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      • catalinmesaru

        You’re not the only one person i know that’s seen it but you’re the second person I know that liked it. 🙂

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      • jpthorn

        “I also liked that we didn’t have to deal with any fluffy bullshit – it’s a guy killing people with a hammer and an axe and a knife. That’s it.” – loved that part, lol.

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      • theipc

        I have two screenplays in the works – one is a “grindhouse” with a potentially six story plot – the other is about a guy killing coeds with a KNIFE!. No fluff. Just action : )

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