Sleepless Beauty

Sleepless Beauty (Ya ne splyu) (2020)

“Is this like Saw irl?”, someone asks some way into Pavel Khvaleev‘s Sleepless Beauty (Ya ne plyu).  At this stage the film’s viewers too will be recognising what they are watching as conforming to the conventions of ‘torture porn’ – that horror subgenre of the mid-Noughties, kick-started by James Wan’s Saw (2004) and Eli Roth’s…

III (2015)

Review first published (in a different form) by Sight and Sound “Where am I?” asks a man near the beginning of Pavel Khvaleev’s directorial debut III. He had been a patient in quarantine at a clinic, but has now resurfaced in the middle of a mist-filled lake, as disoriented as the viewer. Before his removal…