DVD Review – The Curse Of Sleeping Beauty (2016)

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Lionsgate Home Entertainment presents this classic fairy tale retold for a new generation. On DVD and Digital download this Halloween season!

In The Curse Of Sleeping Beauty, (Ethan Peck)Thomas inherits the house in the middle of nowhere fro an uncle he knew nothing about, from an uncle he had never met. Once there he begins to experience strange and bizarre dreams, once he has had all of his adult life, this time, though the dreams are clearer and all are leading to a secret buried within the house. Unknown to him the secrets his film have kept all this time comes with a deadly curse on that can only be broken with true love’s kiss.

I was very excited to see this film, so when I was offered the chance to see this I jumped at it. As a Disney fan, the story of Sleeping Beauty has always been a favourite. To see Lionsgate put a darker spin on it and give it more or a horror feel, I was all for it!

This was a film that really could have went either way, been terrible or amazing. I am pleased to say the film, despite many negative reviews, was actually so awesome. I completely loved and enjoyed this film. This is the kind of film treatment I’d love to see more fairy tales get.

Seeing a darker Brothers Grimm take on the story (as this version of the story was based on of the Brothers Grimm version and not the Original story of which the Disney film was based off) It was just so refreshing to see a new unique take on this classic story.

The effects as well were brilliant very Silent Hill styled. It really goes to show when you have a vision what you can do. This film totally oversaw all my expectations and I am so pleased with that. It wasn’t you typical Sleeping beauty story and even though many people said they saw the ending coming, and I guess looking back it wasn’t a unique ending, but I did really like where they went with it and how the film played out.

It was an original concept with a new take on a classic story, one we all know and hopefully love. After maleficent from Disney a couple of years ago, Live action adaptions of fairy tales are becoming a sort of genre of their own, what with Disney’s Alice Through the Looking Glass and The Jungle Book also making way in the sub-genre. This is why I think you need to be careful and try and do something a little different, separate yourself from the crowd a little so that your film stands out. This does that no bother at all.

My only main criticism is that I felt at the time the acting was a little, wooden I guess would be how I described it. None the less this film was great and really, to me anyway, had a Crimson peak vibe about it, which is a good thing as I loved that film.

So there you go another film to look out for this Halloween season, although not a horror film exactly, it is thrilling enough if you are just looking for something to watch and know you will enjoy, or if you are one of those people wanting to get into the horror genre this might be a good stepping stone for you.

The Curse Of Sleeping Beauty is a  true tale of Myth and legend for the new generation.

[rating=4] | Ross Wilcock

Fantasy, Drama | USA, 2016 | 15 | Lionsgate Home Entertainment | 17th October 2016 (UK) | Dir.
Pearry Reginald Teo |Ethan Peck, India Eisley, Natalie Hall, Bruce Davison | Buy [DVD]