Mother, May I Sleep with Danger?

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Mother, May I Sleep with Danger?
Written byEdmond Stevens, based on a novel by Claire R. Jacobs
Directed byJorge Montesi
StarringTori Spelling
Ivan Sergei
Music byIrwin Fisch
Country of originUnited States
Original language(s)English
Executive producer(s)Diane Sokolow
Joan Green (co-executive producer)
Producer(s)Preston Fischer
CinematographyPhilip Linzey
Editor(s)Pia Di Ciaula
Running time90 minutes
Production company(s)NBC
Columbia TriStar Television
Mandeville Productions
The Sokolow Company
DistributorThe Sokolow Company
Mandeville Productions
Columbia TriStar Television
Original networkNBC
Original releaseSeptember 30, 1996

Mother, May I Sleep with Danger? is a 1996 television film starring Tori Spelling, Ivan Sergei, and Lisa Banes. It came out in the same year as Fear, and has been described as a variation on the same in which Spelling and Sergei have the Reese Witherspoon and Mark Wahlberg roles (respectively), and Banes is in William Petersen's. Moreover Todd Caldecott, who co-starred in Fear as one of Wahlberg's victims, also co-stars in this movie.


The film opens with the murder of a teen girl with short blonde hair by her boyfriend, Billy (Sergei), when she attempts to break up with him.

The main plot begins as Laurel (Spelling), a college track star who has struggled with an eating disorder, meets the guy of her dreams: Billy, who has assumed the identify of a former classmate, Kevin Shane, and very soon becomes infatuated with Laurel; she, for her part, is drawn to his intense affection. He becomes overly-attached, however, and doesn't stop at forcing his way into her girls-only dormitory. He apologizes by sending a bouquet of expensive roses, which she accepts.

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

To protect his assumed identity, Billy finds and kills the real Kevin Shane, whom he buries near an isolated log cabin he's purchased. He takes Laurel there and convinces her to move in with him. He further isolates her by not allowing a phone line to be installed, and by lying about making installation appointments. When he disables her car, she walks into town and calls the phone company, thus discovering his lies.

Meanwhile, through professional contacts, Jessica uncovers more 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; the same photo was in his home. The police deduce that Billy has assumed Kevin's identity.

When Laurel confronts Billy and then tries to move out, he drugs her. He loads Laurel into her car, which breaks down, forcing him to call AAA. Jessica's car has a breakdown at the same time; she calls AAA and is notified that her 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, tricks Billy and knocks him unconscious. Then she 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.

As Jessica makes it to the cabin, Billy knocks her out. He then chases Laurel out onto the lake and knocks her out of the boat. She swims back to the docks; as she is hiding there, Jessica rejoins her. Billy shows up again and threatens to kill them both.

Laurel suddenly has a change of heart, blaming Jessica for distorting the truth. Laurel claims she still loves Billy no matter what. When he falls for the ruse, Laurel smashes him over the head with an oar and he falls into the water. Laurel and her mother wait to see if Billy reemerges; when he doesn't, they assume he has drowned.

In the epilogue, a young woman, whose looks resemble Laurel's, goes with her best friend to meet her new boyfriend Preston. The cycle begins anew as Preston turns out to be Billy, who has taken on yet a new identity and 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.

Mill Creek Entertainment re-released Mother , May I Sleep with Danger? along with this remake on DVD.

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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