« Big Momma, The Shaggy Dog, and Danny Zuko Take on the Hell’s Angels | Main | The Daily Memo - 3/17/06 »

George Romero’s Sleep Eaters

New York attorney Susan Chana Lask has filed a lawsuit on behalf of so called “sleep eaters,” people who claim that the popular sleep pill, Ambien, causes them to eat at night but wake up with no memory of it. As reported by the New York Times, sleep eaters “sometimes sleepwalk into their kitchens, claw through their refrigerators like animals and consume calories ranging into the thousands,” and then wake up in a pile of food crumbs with inexplicable heart burn. Prescribed more than 26 million times last year, most Ambien users experience no side effects, but an estimated number of users in the thousands experience some form of sleep disorder, from sleep eating to hallucinations, violent outburts, and sleep driving.

I don’t know much about the merits of the case, but the concept just screams George Romero. It would be a perfect bookend to a career that included the zombie classics Day of the Dead and Dawn of the Dead: A real life documentary on sleep eaters, who abuse Ambien and go on brain-eating benders only to awake with no memory, other than the trickles of blood drooling on their pillow.