Mother, May I Sleep with Danger?

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Mother, May I Sleep with Danger?
Genre Thriller
Written by Edmond Stevens, based on a novel by Claire R. Jacobs
Directed by Jorge Montesi
Starring Tori Spelling
Ivan Sergei
Music by Irwin Fisch
Country of origin United States
Original language(s) English
Executive producer(s) Diane Sokolow
Joan Green (co-executive producer)
Producer(s) Preston Fischer
Cinematography Philip Linzey
Editor(s) Pia Di Ciaula
Running time 90 minutes
Production company(s) NBC
Columbia TriStar Television
Mandeville Productions
The Sokolow Company
Distributor The Sokolow Company
Mandeville Productions
Columbia TriStar Television
Original network NBC
Original release September 30, 1996

Mother, May I Sleep with Danger? is a 1996 television film starring Tori Spelling and Ivan Sergei.


At the start of the film we see a teen girl with short blonde hair get attacked and killed by a boyfriend with whom she was attempting to break things off.

Laurel (Spelling), a college track star who has struggled with an eating disorder, meets the boyfriend of her dreams in Billy (Sergei), who has assumed the identity of former classmate Kevin Shane. He is the killer from the opening scene of the film, which she doesn't know. He becomes infatuated with her very quickly, and she is drawn to his intense affection. He quickly becomes overly-attached, however, at one point forcing his way into her girls-only dormitory. After apologizing by sending a bouquet of expensive roses, she forgives him.

Once meeting Laurel's mother Billy becomes increasingly more aggressive and jealous. He convinces Laurel to cut and dye her hair, partly to incense her mother but also because it resembles the haircut of the girl he killed. Laurel's mother begins to get suspicious, and it becomes apparent to her that "Kevin" is not who he claims to be.

Billy finds and kills the real Kevin Shane, and buries his body by an isolated log cabin he's purchased. He takes Laurel there and convinces her to move there with him. He then begins to further isolate her by not allowing a phone line to be installed, lying about making installation appointments. He disables her car, and she walks into town and calls the phone company, discovering his lies.

Meanwhile Laurel's mother, through professional contacts, uncovers several of Billy's lies and contacts the police. They refuse to help her until she recognizes a photo of the girl Billy killed on the missing persons bulletin board as one in a photo that was in his home. The police deduce that Billy has assumed Kevin's identity.

Laurel confronts Billy and finally comes to her senses, but he drugs her drink when she is trying to leave. He gets into her car with her in the passenger seat but it breaks down and he has to call AAA. Laurel's mother has a breakdown at the same time, and upon calling AAA is notified that the card was just used elsewhere. This leads her to assume Laurel is at their family cabin.

Billy takes Laurel to her family cabin, which happens to be near the one he bought for them. She wakes up and tries to escape, but be gets physically violent. She knocks him unconscious and locks herself in the cabin, but he breaks in with an axe. She escapes through the back exit and down to the lake, where she boards a rowboat and begins to row away.

Laurel's mother makes it to the cabin, but Billy confronts her and pushes her down a hill where she lands unconscious by a tree. Laurel makes it out into the lake but Billy swims out to her and knocks her out of the boat. She swims away and hides under the docks, where her awakened mother runs out to meet her. Billy emerges and threatens to kill them both.

Lauren suddenly has a change of heart, blaming her mother for distorting the truth and claiming she still loves Billy no matter what. In his moment of weakness, wanting to accept her deception, she smashes Billy over the head with an oar and he falls into the water. Laurel and her mother wait to see if Billy emerges, but he doesn't, so they assume him to be dead.

In the final scene we see another young woman who looks like Laurel with a friend as they head to meet her boyfriend. It is Billy, under a new identity and with an altered appearance.



Although originally planned to be released in theaters,[citation needed] the film failed to find a distributor and finally made its United States debut on NBC 30 September 1996. It was later released in cinemas in both Sweden and Argentina in 1999 and 2000, and it was released direct to VHS in Japan in 1998.[citation needed]

DVD release[edit]

In January 2004, Tori Spelling began a campaign to get Mother, May I Sleep With Danger? released on DVD worldwide. Seven years later, on June 6, 2011, Sony Pictures Entertainment finally issued a DVD release.

DVD Name DVD Release Date Run Time Discs Format Region Studio Extras
Mother, May I Sleep With Danger? June 6, 2011 90 minutes 1 NTSC All Regions SPE -Cast Interviews
-Behind-the-Scenes Featurettes on the movie's ending, history, and climax
-Alternative ending


Lifetime announced a remake of the film in December 2015 with James Franco serving as executive producer. The plot involved a young woman who falls for another woman who happens to have a vampire form. The remake starred Leila George as Leah, Emily Meade as Pearl, Nick Eversman as Bob, with James Franco, Ivan Sergei, Emma Rigby, and Tori Spelling as Leah's mother Julie.[1] In April 2016 Vulture revealed that Franco had reimagined the film as a "a same-sex vampire love story."[2] Franco had stated that he was partly inspired by Will Ferrell's Lifetime movie A Deadly Adoption to make "a very non-Lifetime movie on Lifetime."[2] It first aired on the Lifetime Network on Saturday, June 18, 2016.


  1. ^ Wagmeister, Elizabeth. "James Franco Remaking Tori Spelling's 'Mother, May I Sleep with Danger?' for Lifetime". Variety. Retrieved 8 April 2016. 
  2. ^ a b Adalian, Josef. "James Franco's Mother, May I Sleep With Danger? Is Going to Be a Lesbian Vampire Movie". Vulture. Retrieved 8 April 2016. 

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