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Before I Wake (2016)

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

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Mike Flanagan
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Kate Bosworth ... Jessie
Thomas Jane ... Mark
Jacob Tremblay ... Cody
Annabeth Gish ... Natalie
Topher Bousquet Topher Bousquet ... Canker Man
Dash Mihok ... Whelan
Jay Karnes ... Peter
Lance E. Nichols ... Detective
Antonio Evan Romero Antonio Evan Romero ... Sean (as Antonio Romero)
Kyla Deaver ... Annie
Hunter Wenzel ... Tate
Scottie Thompson ... Teacher
Jason Alan Smith ... Vice Principal
Michael Polish ... Charlie
Brett Murray ... Uniformed Officer (as Brett Luciana Murray)
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Storyline

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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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

5 January 2018 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Somnia See more »

Filming Locations:

Fairhope, Alabama, USA

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Sound Mix:

Dolby

Color:

Color

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2.35 : 1
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Trivia

The girl that sits next to Cody in class, who draws the antennae on the butterfly, also starred in another horror film, the Conjuring film, as the youngest child in the Perron family. See more »

Goofs

In the children's home the staff administer Cody a sedative via a syringe. The amount in the syringe (as in volume) is too high, the location of the injection close to the elbow in the upper arm is unusual, but foremost the injection doesn't leave a mark in his arm whatsoever. See more »

Quotes

Jessie: No one ever really goes away. Not completely. Because they live in our minds, and in our hearts
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by Danny Elfman
(p) 2016 Varese Sarabande
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Refreshing and Thoughtful... Makes You Jump But Makes You Think
12 August 2016 | by jhyland-565-122969See all my reviews

The biggest strength of Before I Wake is in my opinion the writing. I was impressed with the story and background of characters from the beginning. Horror films these days, with the exception of a few, don't seem to have plot development beyond a vague explanation. But I appreciate a horror movie that has a strong story element. Flashbacks were used throughout to show reasons behind certain character actions. The story itself is something you'd think is from Stephen King. So if you like that kind of thing this movie is for you. A foster child has the power to make dreams (and nightmares) real. His new foster parents are unsure what's happening when their home starts to become a wonderland of dream creatures..including monsters. The fantasy element colors the movie a much different shade than something like the Conjuring. As it develops, the mysterious circumstances keep you guessing which is fun if you're watching with someone. My girlfriend and I were both trying to figure it out before things were revealed. By the end I was left wanting more and while that may bother some moviegoers, at least it leaves room for a sequel. See this movie if you can and keep an open mind!


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