• Before I Wake (2016)

Before I Wake

Release Date: 2016

PG-13 |1 hr 37 min

Plot Summary

Foster parents Mark and Jessie welcome 8-year-old Cody into their home. The boy tells Jessie that he's terrified to fall asleep, but she assumes it's just a natural fear for any young child. The couple become startled when their dead biological son suddenly appears in their living room. To their surprise, Cody's dreams can magically become real but so can his nightmares. Mark and Jessie must now uncover the truth behind Cody's mysterious ability before his imagination harms them all.

Cast: Kate Bosworth, Thomas Jane, Annabeth Gish, Dash Mihok, Jacob Tremblay, Jay Karnes, Lance E. Nichols, Kyla Deaver

Director: Mike Flanagan

Genres: Horror , Thriller

Keywords: 2010s , Mystery , Intense , Car , Office , Father , House , Dark , Mother , Transformation , Survival

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Ratings & Reviews

  • 63
    Brian TallericoRogerEbert.com

    It’s a flawed film, but there are elements that really work, especially the lead performance and some of Flanagan’s gifts with composition. Before I Wake is also particularly interesting to watch now as one can see it as a career stepping stone to the movies he's made since. show more

  • 80
    Matt DonatoWe Got This Covered

    Before I Wake is a beautiful, meditative ghost story with one of the more rewarding horror payoffs I’ve seen in years. show more

  • 75
    Chuck BowenSlant Magazine

    Before I Wake's images have a pleasing straightforwardness that parallels the openness of the young protagonist's longing for love. show more

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