I’ve been a fan of “[Rec]” co-director Jaume Balaguero way back when “Darkness” was first making the rounds back in 2002, a film that I still believe gets the short end of the proverbial stick from genre fans. Before getting back to business with “[Rec] 4: Apocalypse”, the extremely talented filmmaker will unleash the chilling thriller “Sleep Tight” upon the horror-obsessed masses. From the looks of the latest trailer, Balaguero is heading back to his atmospheric roots to tell the story of a demented doorman named Cesar and his diabolical quest to violently disrupt the life of a beautiful young lady. Sounds like a potential winner to me.
Specifically, here’s the plot:
Cesar works as a doorman in a Barcelona apartment building. Happiness eludes him and he feels the need to reaffirm his reasons for living on a daily basis. He goes about his day to day work mainly unnoticed by the residents of the building, but he pays close attention to them. He knows all the intimate details of their lives, everything about them, especially one of them. Clara is a happy-go-lucky young woman, who always looks on the positive side of things. Her cheery attitude to life makes Cesar’ skin crawl. He won’t be happy until he has wiped that smile of her face once and for all, because Cesar feeds off other people’s pain. He delights in the unhappiness and anguish of others and he loves nothing more than to plant the seed of misery and watch it grow. In Clara he has found the perfect target, and he will go to extreme lengths to make her life miserable. But Cesar is starting to get a bit too cocky, and soon his carefully thought out plans will start to unravel… Luckily for him, he has one last ace up his sleeve.
As always, the trailer has been embedded below for your immediate enjoyment.