Creepypasta's Russian Sleep Experiment Is Becoming a Horror MovieBy RodneyHatfieldJr for Movies
Ooo eee ooo ah ah ting tang walla walla bing bang, ooo eee, ooo ah ah ting tang, walla walla, bing bang. I know you are thinking, he has finally lost his ever-loving mind. Nah, my favorite Creepypasta story is being made into a movie, and that makes me happy. What is more surprising to me is that it took so many years for someone to decide to make it.
The Russian Sleep Experiment was written back in 2010 by a user named Orange Soda(no one knows the real name). The tale is about, "Five test subjects being exposed to an experimental sleep-inhibiting stimulant in a Soviet-era scientific experiment." It is ranked as one of the most popular stories to come out of Creepy-P. When you first read the horrific story, it almost seem just realistic enough to work. After all, scientists have studied the effects of sleep deprivation throughout the 20th century. Even today, there are wide reports of meth-induced hallucinations resulting from a lack of sleep. Why wouldn’t a story of a crazy Russian experiment from the 1940s seem plausible? Well it isn’t. End of story. Its popularity has led to various adaptations over the years, including a novel based on the original short story by Holly Ice(good read), which was published in 2015.
The film which will be hopefully released sometime in late 2019 will have Chris Kattan starring, and director Barry Andersson taking the helm of the sure-to-be terrifying film. The film will not have the title Russian Sleep Experiment for unknown reasons (rights and whatnot) but will instead be going by the title “The Soviet Sleep Experiment”, which is about as close as you can get without straight up calling it, Russian Sleep Experiment.
As reported, “Andersson has pulled together a cast of international actors to tell this suspenseful story”, which is described as: A psychological thriller based loosely upon the urban legend which follows a married research team who, under close watch of the Red Army, set out to study the effects of forced sleep deprivation on four patients locked inside an observation chamber for 30 days. The other actors will be Argentinian actress Eva De Dominici (You Shall Not Sleep) as Dr. Anna Antonoff and Polish actor Rafal Zawierucha (Roman Polanski in Quentin Tarantino's Once Upon a Time in Hollywood) portraying her husband, Dr. Leo Antonoff. The film will also star Russian actor Evgeny Krutov (Stranger Things Season 3) as the USSR Captain Yegor Sokolov.
More interesting still is who the movie has lined-up to play the patients. The four test patients plucked from the gulag and promised their freedom in exchange for their participation include Charles Hubbell (Walking With the Enemy), Paul Cram (Wilson), and Michael Villar (Skin), along with get this - as mentioned above - SNL and A Night at the Roxbury star Chris Kattan. Interesting choice? Kattan did star in The House on Haunted Hill remake from 1999, so he gets a horror genre credit for that. Emmy and Peabody Award-winning makeup artist Crist Ballas serves as production designer for the film. Ballis, who was a member of the Academy Award-winning team behind director JJ Abrams' recent hit reboot of Star Trek, is also set to executive produce the film along with Andersson.
So keep an eye out for this sometime this year.