Last year, Mike Flanagan’s Oculus was the rare breed of horror film that saw a wide release and didn’t suck. Trust me, that’s quite an accomplishment when films like Ouija, Annabelle and The Pyramid (to name a few) really stunk up the place. Flanagan, a truly exciting new genre director, returns to horror this summer with a tale that literally brings nightmares to life in Before I Wake. Relativity Studios released the film’s first trailer through Twitter (neat), displaying gorgeous visuals and haunting nightmares.
Maybe it’s just The Mist fanboy in me, but I’m incredibly excited to see Thomas Jane leading a new horror film that’s getting a wide release. It also helps that Before I Wake looks like A Nightmare on Elm Street meets Insidious, infesting a house in demons conjured up by a child’s nightmares. This concept is truly fantastic and I can’t wait to see if Flanagan pulls it off.
Jessie and Mark decide to take in a sweet and loving 8-year-old boy, Cody. Unbeknownst to them, Cody is terrified of falling asleep. At first, they assume his previous unstable homes caused his aversion to sleep, but soon discover why: Cody’s dreams manifest in reality as he sleeps. In one moment they experience the incredible wonder of Cody’s imagination, and in the next, the horrific nature of his night terrors. To save their new family, Jessie and Mark embark on a dangerous hunt to uncover the truth behind Cody’s nightmares.
Before I Wake also stars Annabeth Gish, Dash Mihok, and Jacob Tremblay.
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