The Curse of Sleeping Beauty seems like the perfect blend of kitschy fairy tale lore and creep factor that can make thrillers feel like horror films. The premise is that Thomas Kaiser (Ethan Peck) inherits a mansion that has been in his family for generations. He learns that along with the home, he has inherited an ancient curse. He is forced into the role of “protector”, the guardian appointed to keep the demons in the house at bay. All the while, he’s plagued with dreams of a beautiful woman who’s held captive in a previous netherworld, waiting for his kiss to release her.
Overall, the movie looks promising. Aside from the somewhat dorky repetition of the idea that the damsel is waiting for his kiss, it’s something I’d definitely want to watch. The gothic, spooky look of the attire and the Guillermo del Toro inspired creatures and scenery gives me hope that it’ll do better at putting a dark spin on classic fairy tales than The Huntsman franchise’s attempt at breathing life into Snow White.