Don't Go to Sleep ★★★½

Don't Go to Sleep is one of the better made-for-television horror films, almost matching the success of the title holder - Dark Night of the Scarecrow.

An Aaron Spelling production for ABC, he managed to pull out all of the stops with a pretty stellar cast; from Ruth Gordon all the way to Dennis Weaver who went from playing a bit of an irresponsible drunk in Don't Go to Sleep to the coked-up real estate agent in Cocaine: One Man's Seduction only a year later, and joining them in the cast is Oliver Robins (hot off of his success as Robbie in Poltergeist), Valerie Harper giving a solid performance as a grief-stricken mother, and a young Robin Ignico slaying the film as a completely mad 12-year-old.

What seemingly started off as a possible Poltergeist rip-off quickly changes gears and starts showing signs of being an enjoyable Cathy's Curse-inspired film.

Within a year of a fatal car accident claiming the life of their eldest daughter, Jennifer - Phillip (Weaver), & Laura (Harper), their two surviving children: Mary (Ignico) & Kevin (Robins), and Laura's mother (Gordon) move into a new house which is fittingly numbered "13666." Soon, Mary starts showing signs of a psychotic break as she begins communicating with her recently deceased sister, in light of this breakdown, her remaining family members begin experiencing a string of bad luck.

Being a TV production, there isn't much in way of gore but the performances (skirting a fine line between over-the-top and on-point) and plot keep the audience more than invested.

Don't Go to Sleep is worth the entire running time for Kevin's pet iguana - Ed shown floating through the air at night. Seriously.

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