Wednesday, 23 June 2010

Coming soon - Neo-Noir 'The Perfect Sleep'

Perfect Sleep

Reading the synopsis & watching the trailer for this movie, I had to stop and think for a while as to whether or not I should post this here or at Brutal As Hell. It certainly looks more than a little dark and weird, as befits the horror sensibilities of that site. But hey, it may be a bit premature of me to assume that Ka-Boomski has so clearly defined a personality just yet. The Perfect Sleep has all the film noir staples of classic cars, glamourous dames and hard-boiled tough guys, and from the look of things also has its fair share of cans of whoop-ass being opened. I'd say that works for Ka-Boomski.


In a timeless, unidentified city (which may or may not be Los Angeles), a man with no name (Pardoe) returns to the violent, brutal domain of gangsters and assassins he left ten years before, back when they dubbed him The Mad Monk for his disregard for his own life and his intense devotion to one woman, Porphyria (Roselyn Sanchez).

The girl he grew up with and the love of his life, Porphyria is now a beautiful woman - the only thing he has ever wanted and the one thing he can never have. She, alone, is the reason for his return. Her life now in danger, he is the only man who can save her. But waiting for him are several killers who would like nothing more than to see him die a painful death, while standing at their forefront is the formidable Nikolai (Patrick Bauchau), the man who raised him and just might be his father. To protect Porphyria, this unnamed man must revisit his former life of torment and torture and confront the father figure he turned his back on so many years ago.

It's the directorial debut of Jeremy Alter, written by Anton Pardoe who also plays the lead, and co-starring Roslyn Sanchez, Partick Bachau, Peter J Lucas and Michael Pare. No, I'm not familiar with any of them either. But for the many of us who are long since sick of waiting for Sin City 2 to materialise (I for one am coming around to thinking it never will), could The Perfect Sleep be the next best thing? Judging by the cover art, somebody certainly wants us to think so; though the image is a little more reminiscent of The Spirit. I couldn't really pass comment as I've still yet to brave The Sprirt, but I'm given to understand that holding your movie up to it as an indication of quality might not be the best marketing move...

The Perfect Sleep (tbc) is released on DVD (£15.99) by Icon Home Entertainment on 26th July

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