Parasomnia (2008)

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  • IMDb page: Parasomnia (2008)
  • Rate: 5.3/10 total 1,348 votes 
  • Genre: Horror | Romance | Thriller
  • Runtime: Germany:103 min (European Film Market)
  • Filming Location: Los Angeles, California, USA
  • Director: William Malone
  • Stars: Dylan Purcell, Patrick Kilpatrick and Jeffrey Combs
  • Original Music By: Nicholas Pike   
  • Plot Keyword: Blood | Female Nudity | Self Mutilation | Massacre | Female Killer

Writing Credits By:

    (in alphabetical order)

  • William Malone  writer

Known Trivia

  • Director William Malone funded the entire project himself.
  • Filmed on the same stage as ‘House on Haunted Hill (1999)’, another project William Malone directed.
  • Unknown by some is the fact that this film is not one of the big studio films that the director is noted for, but actually a personal project. Director William Malone (House on Haunted Hill) wrote this while he was working on his Masters of Horror episode “Fair-Haired Child”. He was so taken with the concept that he decided to just make it, rather than taking the usual studio route. He apparently broke the first rule of film-making which is “Never finance your own movies.” One of his friends and he refinanced their houses to fund the project. Interestingly, there is another connection to his MOH episode in that one of the creatures in the film is an unused design from that show. Malone actually built the creature himself for the film. Also, Malone’s High School Garage Band, The Plagues, can be heard on the soundtrack, along with other garage bands from the 1960’s.

Goofs: Revealing mistakes: While Danny is searching for information on Volpe, his screen clearly shows that he is browsing local files rather than internet pages.

Plot: A horror-thriller centered on a woman (Wilson) suffering from a medical condition that causes her to sleep her life away, waking briefly on rare occasions. Full summary » |  »

Story: In "Parasomnia," a stylish horror/thriller from director William Malone ("House on Haunted Hill," "Masters of Horror,") Laura Baxter is a young woman, literally a "sleeping beauty," who suffers from a medical condition called "parasomnia." A childhood accident victim, she is actually sleeping her life away, awakening briefly on rare occasions. Art student Danny Sloan falls in love with her, unaware that her hospital neighbor, a terrifying mass murderer and mesmerist named Byron Volpe has other, more sinister plans. Sloan helps Laura escape from her hospital prison only to discover that Volpe is about to enter her dreams.Written by Anonymous  

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Produced By:

  • Ambre Elizabeth Earnhart known as associate producer
  • Veronica Hart known as line producer (as Jane Hamilton)
  • Veronica Hart known as producer (as Jane Hamilton)
  • Jon Janotta known as executive producer
  • Staci Layne Wilson known as video segment producer

FullCast & Crew:

  • Dylan Purcell known as Danny Sloan
  • Patrick Kilpatrick known as Byron Volpe
  • Jeffrey Combs known as Detective Garrett
  • Cherilyn Wilson known as Laura Baxter
  • Timothy Bottoms known as Dr. Corso
  • Janet Tracy Keijser known as Sara
  • Kathryn Leigh Scott known as Nurse Evans
  • Brennan Bailey known as Danny – Age 8
  • Dov Tiefenbach known as Billy
  • Alison Brie known as Darcy
  • Katherine Carlsberg known as Miranda
  • Serah D'Laine known as Pretty Young Nurse (as Sarah Laine)
  • Madison Davenport known as Young Laura
  • Jeff Doucette known as Detective Conroy
  • Mekita Faiye known as Nurse / receptionist
  • Enzo Giobbe known as Man in hallway with camera
  • Louis Graham known as Dr. Bhyle
  • Veronica Hart known as TV Reporter (as Jane Hamilton)
  • Valorie Hubbard
  • Ronald Hunter known as Stranger
  • Marty Ingels known as Mr. boudreau
  • Christine Krench known as Sales Clerk
  • John Landis known as Department Store Manager
  • Danielle Langlois known as Anne
  • Sandy Martin
  • Sean McHugh known as Officer #2
  • Ricardo Medina Jr. known as Officer
  • Philip Newby known as Phil
  • Leo Quinones known as Field Reporter
  • Charles Schneider known as Gun selling creep
  • Kent Shocknek known as News Anchor
  • Malcolm Foster Smith known as Security Guard
  • David Ury known as Record Store Owner
  • Sean Young known as Madeline Volpe

..{tab=Supporting Department}Makeup Department:

  • Zoe Franklin known as assistant makeup artist
  • Anthony Grow known as special makeup effects artist
  • Charlene Laughter known as key makeup artist

Art Department:

  • Zdzislaw Beksinski known as conceptual artist
  • Aprile Lanza Boettcher known as lead scenic artist
  • Daniel J. Frey known as art
  • Daniel J. Frey known as graphic designer
  • Jason Garner known as conceptual illustrator
  • Aaron Meziere known as swing
  • Dano Moss known as construction coordinator
  • Kristeen Reimnitz known as painter
  • Greg Runnels known as assistant property master
  • Gregory S. Webb known as on-set dresser


Production Companies:

  • Luminous Processes
  • Rising Storm Productions

Other Companies:

  • Panther Dollies & Cranes  grip and lighting equipment (dollies)
  • Signature Entertainment  production services


  • E1 Entertainment
  • Eagle Films (2008) (non-USA) (all media) (Middle East)
  • HBO Hungary (2009) (Hungary) (TV) (original airing) (Cinemax)
  • KMY Films (2009) (Cambodia) (all media)
  • Murena International (2009) (Russia) (all media)

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Special Effects:

  • Fantasy II Film Effects (special effects)
  • Obscure Artifacts (automaton suit fabrication)

Visual Effects by:

  • Tony Magaletta known as first assistant cameraman: miniatures, green screen and underwater units
  • William Malone known as digital effects artist
  • Robert Short known as digital effects artist
  • Eric Valente known as digital effects artist
  • Gene Warren III known as digital effects artist
  • Gene Warren III known as visual effects supervisor

Release Date:

  • USA 17 October 2008 (Screamfest Film Festival)
  • USA 7 November 2008 (American Film Market)
  • Germany 10 February 2009 (European Film Market)
  • UK 7 September 2009 (DVD premiere)
  • Hungary 9 October 2009 (TV premiere)
  • Italy 25 November 2009 (DVD premiere)
  • Japan 19 February 2010 (DVD premiere)
  • USA 13 July 2010 (DVD premiere)

MPAA: Rated R for strong bloody violence, language and some nudity


Filmography links and data courtesy of The Internet Movie Database

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