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Before I Wake (2016)

PG-13 | | Drama, Fantasy, Horror | 5 January 2018 (USA)
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A young couple adopt an orphaned child whose dreams - and nightmares - manifest physically as he sleeps.


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Cast overview, first billed only:
Topher Bousquet ...
Canker Man
Antonio Evan Romero ...
Sean (as Antonio Romero)
Vice Principal
Uniformed Officer


In this intense and heart pounding supernatural thriller, Jessie (Kate Bosworth) and Mark (Thomas Jane) 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. Written by Relativity

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Fear your dreams

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Rated PG-13 for violent content and terror including disturbing images | See all certifications »

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Director Mike Flanagan had repeatedly objected to the film being marketed as a "horror movie," and instead referred to it as a "fable" or a "supernatural drama." See more »


The doctor in the hospital prescribes Zolpidem for insomnia for a child he hasn't seen and also to a person under 18 yrs of age. See more »


Jessie: No one ever really goes away. Not completely. Because they live in our minds, and in our hearts
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Features House on Haunted Hill (1959) See more »


by Danny Elfman
(p) 2016 Varese Sarabande
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Intriguing Supernatural Story
28 July 2017 | by See all my reviews

Jessie (Kate Bosworth) and her husband Mark (Thomas Jane) are grieving the loss of their son Sean (Antonio Romero), who drowned in the bathtub, and Jessie is in a group therapy. They decide to adopt the eight year-old orphan Cody (Jacob Tremblay), who was abandoned by two foster families. Cody is a lovely boy and becomes the pride and joy of Jessie and Mark. Cody avoids to sleep and Jessie and Mrk believe the boy has psychological problems due to the rejection of the previous foster parents. Soon they discover that when Cody sleeps, his beautiful dreams come true. But the problem is that the same happens with his dreadful nightmares.

"Before I Wake" is an intriguing supernatural story of an orphan with a special ability. One great difference from other horror movies is that the boy Cody is sweet and not evil. There is explanation for what happens but the conclusion could have been more commercial and less gloomy. My vote is six.

Title (Brazil): "O Sono da Morte" ("The Death Sleep")

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