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Don't Go to Sleep

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Don't Go to Sleep
DVD cover
Written byNed Wynn
Directed byRichard Lang
StarringValerie Harper
Dennis Weaver
Ruth Gordon
Robin Ignico
Oliver Robins
Kristin Cumming
Theme music composerDominic Frontiere
Country of originUnited States
Original language(s)English
Executive producer(s)Douglas S. Cramer
Aaron Spelling
Producer(s)Richard Lang
Claudia Myhers Tschudin (associate producer)
E. Duke Vincent (supervising producer)
Production location(s)Warner Brothers Burbank Studios - 4000 Warner Boulevard, Burbank, California, USA
CinematographyChuck Arnold
Editor(s)Patrick Kennedy
Running time93 minutes
Production company(s)Spelling Television
Warner Bros. Television
Warner Bros. Television
Original networkABC
Picture formatColor
Audio formatMono
Original releaseDecember 10, 1982 (1982-12-10)

Don't Go To Sleep is a 1982 American made-for-television horror film that was produced and directed by Richard Lang. The movie features Dennis Weaver, Valerie Harper, Ruth Gordon, and Robert Webber, and youngsters Kristin Cumming, Robin Ignico, and Oliver Robins.

The film focuses on the daughter, Mary, and her sister Jennifer, who died in the family's car crash and is out for revenge.


The film starts off with a family, consisting of Phillip, Laura, Kevin, and Mary moving to a house up north in the countryside, bringing along Grandma Bernice, for whom nobody in the family other than Laura cared very much. The family had recently lost their other daughter Jennifer, and they are looking to start a new life without her and put the tragedy behind them.

Just as they move into their new home, Mary begins hearing the voice of her dead sister under her bed, calling her. Eventually, Mary goes underneath the bed. She finds that the ghost of Jennifer, who keeps appearing to Mary in secret, was the one that was calling her. Jennifer hopes to kill off her family as an act of revenge, but to spare Mary.

Immediately after these meetings with Mary, one-by-one her family members meet twisted fates. Grandma suffers a heart attack from being spooked by Kevin's pet iguana, which was released onto her bed; Kevin falls off the roof after retrieving a Frisbee, and Phillip is electrocuted in the bathtub when the radio he is listening to falls into the water. Laura barely escapes despite injuring her leg.

After it is discovered that Mary committed all of the killings, she is placed in a mental institution, where a flashback occurs about the fate of Jennifer. Riding home from their grandmother's house, Kevin convinced Mary to play a prank on their sister, so Kevin tied Jennifer's shoes together. Apparently they were both jealous of the favouritism their sister was receiving, as well as her constant bullying. When their car is struck by a van, all except Jennifer are able to get out of the car. Jennifer begs for help, but Mary runs away to inform her father of Jennifer's plight. Just as Phillip is about to go back to get her, the car bursts into flames. Mary says that she is Jennifer and that Mary is dead, after being possessed by her. Mary screams for Jennifer to not leave her as she "loved her."

As Laura sleeps alone in her bedroom, she is awakened by a sound at the foot of her bed. Jennifer's ghost pops up and says, "Hi, Mommy."



Don't Go to Sleep garnered positive reviews upon its initial broadcasting, with many praising the film's suspense and performances. Maitland McDonagh of TV Guide awarded the film three out of five stars, commending the film's acting, screenplay, and suspense, calling it "a tight, genuinely scary made-for-TV thriller".[1] Todd Martin from offered the film similar praise towards the performances, suspense, and script, as well as the film's ominous tone, and soundtrack.[2] Brian Collins from Birth.Movies.Death, in a retrospective, praised the film's scares, performances, and mounting tension as still being effective years after its first release, although Collins did note that the film's pacing was slower than it should be.[3]


  1. ^ McDonagh, Maitland. "Don't Go To Sleep - Movie Reviews and Movie Ratings". TV Guide. Retrieved 23 April 2020.
  2. ^ Martin, Todd. "Film Review: Don't Go to Sleep (1982)". HorrorNews. Retrieved 23 April 2020.
  3. ^ Collins, Brian (November 29, 2011). "Terror Tuesday: TV Movie Trauma From 1982's DON'T GO TO SLEEP". Birth.Movies.Death. Retrieved 23 April 2020.

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