Mother, May I Sleep With Danger? — Version 2.0

UnREAL returned for a second season last Monday, and it’s still as nasty, cynical, and brilliant as it was last year.  This is Peak Golden Age television.  The Guardian called it “‘Walter White in power heels'” and said “UnREAL is evil, twisted, unmissable TV.”

In addition to welcoming the return of one of the best written and acted shows on TV, those of us who saw the first episode got a special treat:  A teaser for a made-for-television movie.

Not just any movie.

It was 20 years ago that NBC broadcast a film with the enigmatic title Mother, May I Sleep With Danger?—I still have no idea what that was supposed to mean—starring Tori Spelling and Ivan Sergei.  Spelling’s days on Beverly Hills, 90210 were long gone, and she was trying to break out of her Donna Martin image.  Sergei was just starting out, and was still a couple of years away from his breakout role in The Opposite of Sex.

Mother, May I Sleep With Danger? wasn’t a Lifetime woman-in-danger-from-psycho-male movie, but it could have been.   It was bad.  It was really bad.  So of course it was immediately proclaimed a camp classic.

Enter James Franco.

To celebrate the 20th anniversary of the original film, Lifetime teamed up with Franco to create an homage to the movie.  Franco brought back Spelling  and Sergei, but the plot of the new version is a bit different.   This time around, Tori Spelling plays the mother, and the daughter’s “danger” comes from being in “a same-sex vampire love story.”

As the trailer notes, it’s not a remake of the first film, it’s a re-vamp.  Here’s the trailer:

Doesn’t Tori Spelling look great?

The première is on Saturday, 18 June 2016, on Lifetime.  Unmissable.

Surprising Musical Note

The score for the new version of Mother, May I Sleep With Danger? is by James Iha, former guitarist for Smashing Pumpkins.  (Iha’s the ex-Smashing Pumpkins member who didn’t go crazy.)  He’s written other movie scores, but as A.V. Club notes “this will most likely be his first time writing music for a Lifetime movie about lesbian vampires that’ll be directed by James Franco.”


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