Whereas his character seeks escape, the movie itself is something of an inspirational homecoming for the actor.
With his new SAW adventure SPIRAL delayed till 2021, the director will be represented this year by a horrific mystery.
It’s underheated for the first hour or so and absurdly overplotted in its final act.
The frightening phenomenon of sleep paralysis has already been given a pretty definitive screen treatment in Rodney Ascher’s documentary THE NIGHTMARE, which mixed interviews with chilling recreations. SLUMBER makes a decent go of giving it a full narrative treatment (also “inspired by real accounts”), but is ultimately undone by familiarity, even if you haven’t seen Ascher’s film.