There are movies that come along that really leave you in a state of intrigue and a bit at a loss for words. Most of these kinds of movies come from the foreign film market and usually are a bit confusing and make little to no sense. The latest film comes from the Spanish market called Sleep Tight and takes the viewer down a strange dark path of some worst fears.
Sleep Tight follows the superintendent of an apartment building who on the surface seems like the perfect employee and all the tenants love him, but he secretly enjoys inflicting pain on others. This movie starts off a bit slow and seemingly average, but then it takes a dark twist letting the viewer know that something sinister is going on. The story is simple, but heads down some pretty dark and disturbing directions adding a bit of terror that is even more scary due to the real life nature of it. The performances are pretty subtle overall, but as the truth begins to be revealed there is just enough a change to make it work, but still maintain the creepy simple aspect of it. This is one of the more disturbing movies to come along in some time. Not because of the gore or the scary nature, but because it plays to the simple fears people have and knowing how easy some of this could actually happen.
This is a slow paced film that manages to build to a terrifying reality that affects everyone in the bigger picture. The twists and direction this character goes through to accomplish his goal is disturbing on numerous levels. This is not a scary movie in the traditional sense, but more thanks to the realism. If you weren’t afraid of what’s under your bed already, this film could change your mind. Be warned this movie is in Spanish, so if you do not speak it, then you will have to read the subtitles, but it is worth every word.