Mother, May I Sleep with Danger? (2016 film)
Mother, May I Sleep with Danger? is a 2016 American television thriller film directed by Melanie Aitkenhead, written by Amber Coney, and starring James Franco (who conceived the story), Emily Meade, Tori Spelling, Leila George, Ivan Sergei, Nick Eversman, Emma Rigby, Amber Coney and Christie Lynn Smith. It is a remake of the 1996 film Mother, May I Sleep with Danger?, but with a vampire theme as well as original actors Tori Spelling and Ivan Sergei in different roles. The film premiered on Lifetime on June 18, 2016.
|Mother, May I Sleep with Danger?|
|Based on||Mother, May I Sleep with Danger?|
by Claire R. Jacobs
|Screenplay by||Amber Coney|
|Story by||James Franco|
|Directed by||Melanie Aitkenhead|
|Country of origin||United States|
|Producer||Steven J. Brandman|
|Running time||86 minutes|
|Production companies||The Sokolow Company|
Rabbit Bandini Productions
|Distributor||Sony Pictures Television|
A college girl named Leah (Leila George) befriends a fellow student named Pearl (Emily Meade) and falls in love with her much to the dismay of her mother Julie (Tori Spelling). Leah learns that Pearl is a Nightwalker (a vampire), needing to kill people to consume their blood. Pearl belongs to a gang of female Nightwalkers that preys on abusive men and forcibly inducts women into their group by biting and then not eating them. The Nightwalker Queen (Zoe Sidel) has her sights set on Leah as the next member and wants Pearl to bite her, threatening to bite her herself if Pearl doesn't comply. There is a sexual component to biting, as is discussed in a thematic English class' discussion of vampire novels Dracula and Twilight, characterizing the threat as one of rape.
Julie tries to get Leah interested in dating a man, Bob (Nick Eversman), who she knows to be attracted to Leah. Bob feels entitled to Leah as a long-time friend and is upset when Leah indicates contrary interest in women as a lesbian. He conspires with Julie to expose Pearl as a bad person to win Leah's heart. When this is ineffective, he spikes her drink with a date rape drug and attempts to rape her. The Nightwalkers attack him and start to eat him but are interrupted, allowing him to transform into a Nightwalker.
Now given enhanced abilities, Bob leads the Nightwalkers in an assault of Leah. Julie is killed trying to rescue her, and Leah takes vengeance by bludgeoning him to apparent death. Pearl apparently kills the other Nightwalkers and bites Leah on her request so that they can live forever as a romantic pairing. In an epilogue sequence, we see the heavily-scarred Nightwalker gang still active, now influenced by Bob to attack women without reservation.
- James Franco as Play Director
- Emily Meade as Pearl
- Tori Spelling as Julie Lewisohn
- Leila George as Leah Lewisohn
- Ivan Sergei as Teacher
- Nick Eversman as Bob Segal
- Emma Rigby as Nightwalker
- Amber Coney as Sonté
- Taylor Laughlin
- Hadley Winn as Violet
- Christie Lynn Smith as Coral
- Gabrielle Haugh as Nightwalker
- Zoe Sidel as Nightwalker Queen
Critical reception for the film has been mixed. The review consensus at Rotten Tomatoes for Mother, May I Sleep with Danger? had 62% of critics recommending the film, based on 13 reviews and an average rating of 5.4 out of 10. Mother, May I Sleep with Danger? was met with mixed reviews from critics noted at review aggregator Metacritic. This release received a weighted average score of 46 out of 100, based on 10 reviews. Sam Adams of Rolling Stone wrote a mostly favorable review, commenting that the film was "junk that knows it's junk" and that its "great feat is that it's a movie that manages to be both exploitative and progressive, in the way that Russ Meyer's movies feature strong female role models and also provide ample opportunity to peer down the front of busty young women's blouses." Daniel Fienberg of The Hollywood Reporter wrote that the film took itself too seriously in its first portion but that its third act "kicks into gear".
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- Adams, Sam (June 18, 2016). "Why 'Mother, May I Sleep With Danger' Is Smarter Than You Think". Rolling Stone. Retrieved 2017-01-25.