Last year, after winning the runner-up People’s Choice award prize at the Toronto International Film Festival Midnight Madness section, Mike Flanagan brought “Oculus” to SXSW, where it gained even more buzz and became a mini horror hit. Now the filmmaker is making the leap to studio movies. This spring he brings “Before I Wake” to the big screen, and the first trailer is here.
Starring Kate Bosworth, Thomas Jane, Annabeth Gish, Dash Mihok, and Jacob Tremblay, the story follows a married couple who adopt an 8-year-old boy. The problem? His dreams manifest in reality, and that means experiencing everything from his most pleasant imagination to, more crucially, the things that terrify him. While this seems on paper like something you’ve seen before, the trailer is moodier stuff, and mostly avoids the sort of gotcha-moment jump scares — in short, this could be something unique, so fingers crossed.
“Before I Wake” arrives on May 8th. Watch below.
— Before I Wake (@BeforeIWakeFilm) March 13, 2015