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Sleepwalker DVD+Blu-ray

Saxon Logan, 1985

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Film Details

Directed by Saxon Logan

Produced in 1985

Main Language - English

Countries & Regions - British Film

MovieMail's Review

This is truly scarifying stuff and its neglect is unaccountable - a neglect remedied by this authoritative BFI release. The 27th title in the BFI's pioneering Flipside series, which is supported by the director Nicolas Winding Refn, is Saxon Logan's long-unseen horror satire Sleepwalker from 1984. It is remastered from the only surviving print and presented for the first time on any home video format. This Dual Format Edition (Blu-ray and DVD) also contains two short films by Saxon Logan and the rare 1971 mid-length fantasy, The Insomniac, directed by Rodney Giesler. When wealthy couple Richard and Angela visit Marion and Alex in their decaying family home, an evening of drunkenness and sexual rivalry turns bloody as the guests fall victim to an unhinged attacker.

Barry Forshaw on 30th September 2013
Author of 630 reviews

Film Description

When wealthy couple Richard and Angela visit Marion and Alex in their decaying family home, their differing social and moral attitudes create uneasy tensions. An inharmonious evening of drunkenness and sexual rivalry soon turns bloody as the guests fall victim to an unhinged attacker.

Featuring a rare performance from Bill Douglas (Bill Douglas Trilogy, Comrades), and starring British screen greats Joanna David and Heather Page (both of whom would go on to work with Douglas in Comrades), Sleepwalker is an outrageous and incendiary mix of biting satire and bloody horror that is at once reminiscent of otherwise unlikely bedfellows Lindsay Anderson and Dario Argento. The stellar cast also includes Nikolas Grace, and features cameos by Fulton MacKay, Michael Medwin and Raymond Huntley.

Remastered from the only surviving print, this long-unseen mid-length film is presented here for the first time on any home video format, along with two shorts by its director, Saxon Logan, and the rare 1971 mid-length fantasy, The Insomniac, directed by Rodney Giesler.

DVD+Blu-ray Details

Certificate: 18

Publisher: BFI

Length: 50 mins

Aspect ratio: 1.85:1 widescreen

Format: DVD+Blu-ray Colour

Region: 2

Released: 23rd September 2013

Cat No: BFIB1147

DVD+Blu-ray Extras

  • 2 discs
  • Presented in High Definition and Standard Definition
  • The Insomniac (Rodney Giesler, 1971, 45 mins): a man experiences a night-time world that is part foreboding nightmare, part sexual fantasy
  • Stepping Out (Saxon Logan, 1977, 10 mins): a couple’s untraditional early morning ritual is observed in a short drama which originally supported Polanski’s The Tenant in UK cinemas
  • Working Surface: A Short Study (with Actors) in the ‘Ways’ of a Bourgeois Writer (Saxon Logan, 1979, 15 mins): Bill Douglas plays a writer struggling with a script about the interior lives of two women (playing by Joanna David and Heather Page)
  • Extensive booklet with essays and complete credits.

Community Reviews

“Sleepwalker”
by Stephen on 14th July 2013

Saxon Logan's extraordinary 49 minute feature pitches four people into a class war situation with a vicious sting in the tale. After a not entirely stress-free journey... Read on

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