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Cast: Ethan Peck, Natalie Hall, India Eisley, Bruce Davison

Director: Pearry Teo

Genre: Fantasy, Mystery, Thriller

Year: 2016

Rating: NR

"The Curse of Sleeping Beauty" is an entirely new, dark vision of the classic Brothers Grimm adventure. Thomas Kaiser (Ethan Peck) inherits an ancestral mansion that has been in his family for generations -- only to learn that he has also inherited an ancient curse stemming back to the Crusades. Forced into his new role as "protector" -- the guardian appointed to keep the evil demons in the house at bay -- Thomas must unravel the mystery of the house, while struggling to awaken the beautiful Briar Rose (India Eisley), held captive in a terrifying netherworld seen previously in his dreams.

"The Curse of Sleeping Beauty" tells the tale of Thomas Kaiser who inherits an old, run down mansion that has been in his family for generations. What he doesn't know is as a male he also inherits the family curse. Now those strange dreams about a woman he sees sleeping and attempts to kiss begins making a lot more sense. He also finds out that he cannot stay away from the mansion for very long or he ends up very sick and could even die from it.

Through some research he finds out the girl in his dreams is Briar Rose who is being held captive by a demon. Thomas comes to the conclusion that Rose holds the key, if he can awaken her the curse will be lifted but sometimes things are not as they seem.

I was looking forward to seeing this film but wasn't sure how good it was going to be but I was interested in seeing how this dark twist on the classic Grimm Brothers fairy tale turned out. What I got was a film that could have been better but at the same time it has a lot going for it. For starters the look, the mansion all run down just gives you chills. The atmosphere is thick and it is very creepy and haunting. And I thought the demons were well done and even chilling at times.

Another plus was the cast, Ethan Peck did a very good job playing Thomas and the supporting cast was all excellent as well including, Natalie Hall, India Eisley and Bruce Davison. The one thing I wasn't sure about was the ending. It certainly seemed a bit rushed to me and the way it ended left me guessing there was more of this story to come which I hope so because it left a lot of things unanswered. But overall I thought it was an entertaining film that grabs your attention right from the start and it keeps it all the way to the end. It is not perfect but if you like this sort of Fantasy/Thriller that comes with a big dose of mystery then I recommend checking it out. "The Curse of Sleeping Beauty" is in Theaters on May 13 and on VOD May 17 so now is the time to see it.

Released by XLrator Media

*** 1/2 Out Of *****