If you’re not Walt Disney Studios, chances are you’re having a bad time at the box office this summer. While Disney is rampaging this year with several billion dollar box office hits (and many more to come), other studios have been failing at getting their sequels and reboots off the ground. Whether it’s Men in Black: International (2019) or Godzilla: King of the Monsters (2019), audiences are being put to sleep by boring and lackluster sequels. Rather than be put to sleep, why not watch a movie about sleep?
Specifically, you can select one in which sleep plays a major part in the plot. There are several critically acclaimed movies that feature sleep in a significant way that are a good watch for a summer night. Some of them are accurate in their portrayal of sleep, while others are completely fictional, or draw inspiration from real-life cases.
1) A Nightmare on Elm Street (1984). This film, written and directed by the master of horror Wes Craven, is considered one of the greatest horror films of all time. What makes it so great is that it manages to make sleep, something that every single person does, scary. Freddy Krueger, the movie’s villain and monster, invades and kills people in their dreams, thus killing them in real life. While Krueger and the main premise of this movie are completely fictitious, there were several sleep-related deaths that inspired the film. Craven was intrigued by several Southeast Asian refugees, who suffered from severe and disturbing nightmares and refused to sleep. Some of these refugees then died in their sleep during their nightmares, inspiring Craven to write the screenplay.
2) Fight Club (1999). The film, based on the 1996 book of the same name, remains one of David Fincher’s best. **This next sentence is going to have massive spoilers, so if you haven’t seen it yet feel free to skip this paragraph**. For much of the film, Edward Norton’s character has insomnia, which ends up impacting his life tremendously. We find toward the end of the film that