In the early 2010s, there was a spate of big-budget fairytales, all given a dark adult spin with the likes of Red Riding Hood (2011), Mirror Mirror (2012) and Snow White and the Huntsman (2012), among others. The Asylum leapt aboard these with their own set of cheap fairytale adaptations, all designed to come out at the same time. These include Grimms Snow White (2012), Hansel and Gretel (2013) and Jack the Giant Killer (2013). Sleeping Beauty was released to come out at the same time as Disneys live-action Sleeping Beauty reworking Maleficent (2014).
Sleeping Beauty was directed by actor Casper Van Dien, known for a great many genre roles in the likes of Starship Troopers (1997), Tarzan and the Lost City (1998) and a whole mountain of B movies he was also Rumpelstiltskin in The Asylums subsequent fairytale mash-up Avengers Grimm (2015). Casper brings his family with him. He and his wife Catherine Oxenberg (who divorced him shortly after the film came out) play Sleeping Beautys parents, Sleeping Beauty herself is played by his daughter Grace, while his other daughters Celeste and Maya also have small roles in the film.
Sleeping Beauty is cheaply made. It is however not uninteresting. For one, the story takes a very different interpretation than other versions of the tale namely in that it takes the point-of-view of Prince Charming as he sets out on his expedition (where here he is no more than the serf of another self-styled rescuer) where the film then becomes more of a fantasy adventure about them entering the castle grounds and encountering various monsters and zombies. Though Sleeping Beauty is cheaply made, it has been shot in the grounds of Bulgarias picturesque Ravadinova Castle, which adds considerably to the look of the film. This is occasionally brought down by some tatty CGI effects and rather ridiculously affected attempts to write cod-mediaeval dialogue You paltry little nymph, Olivia dAbo, the broadest of the performers, is fond of saying.
Sleeping Beauty was a directorial debut for Casper Van Dien. He subsequently went on to make Patient Killer (2015) and Storage Locker 181 (2016).