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Before I Wake (2016)

Before I Wake (2016)

by 23/08/2016
"Before I Wake" revolves around a couple who adopts a little boy after the death of their son wanting to make a new start. The child adopted but has the supernatural ability to convey their nightmares and dreams in reality. A horrifying figure of child's nightmares will constitute the main threat to the family.

Mike Flanagan


Sam Englebardt, William D. Johnson, Trevor Macy


Mike Flanagan, Jeff Howard


Kate Bosworth, Thomas Jane, Jacob Tremblay, Annabeth Gish, Dash Mihok


Danny Elfman, The Newton Brothers

Εταιρείες Παραγωγής

Intrepid Pictures, Demarest Films, MICA Entertainment

Γνωστή και ως



1 Hour and 37 Minutes (97 Minutes)






Fear your dreams

Box Office

$3.200.000 (έως 30/07/2016)




From the active and upcoming horror filmmaker Mike Flanagan (Oculus) comes the horror fantasy film "Before I Wake" reminiscent of stylistic "Mama" by 2013. The Flanagan and his partner Jeff Howard scenario delivers a relatively original and not especially common idea in horror cinema – that the event actually of dreams or nightmares. And while the beautiful dreams is harmless, you certainly can't say the same about the terrible nightmares the realisation of which entail serious risks.

What I liked to work well? Initially the cast. The couple that adopts pitsirika seems well tied and intent upon what it is asked to do. The Kate Bosworth and Thomas Jane that embody the pair stand ikanopoiitikotata playing the tragic but determined to make new parents after the death of their son real. After we have Jacob pitsirika Tremblay who surprised everyone with its monumental interpretation of the amazing drama "Room" (The Room) by 2015. And here the gifted kid is again very good but the style of the film lets him distinguished more.

The dreamy and slightly fairytale atmosphere is another advantage of "Before I Wake" (r.r. alternative title Somnia) while sporadic moments of terror supported by beautifully crafted effects (especially for the scary creature that animates the kid with his nightmares) successfully convert the tale in terrifying story reminding the viewer that watching a horror movie.

Horror Trivia

The film director Mike Flanagan repeatedly expressed protests of the distribution company because the film was promoted as a "horror movie". He wants to call "fairy tale" or "metaphysical drama '.

However we encounter several problems in the script and especially on explanatory developments towards the end. While to a certain extent scriptwriters built solid work in the critical final stretch somewhere had blocked and left their jobs to complete drafts resulting in total it looks good but insufficient to cover higher requirements. Personally I would like more variety to the dreams of the boy and not the recurring motifs of butterflies and dead loved ones.

In short the "Before I Wake" is a kaloskinothetimeni horror movie but does not fulfill the high expectations that she cultivates. Consequently the film Flanagan would hardly stand out from the clutter of supernatural horror although had some interesting and distinct things to show us.

Before I Wake

Movie Review Highlights
  • The horrific attack in his little classmate plasma protagonist.
  • The chilling scene that the dead couple's child yells repeated that are awake referring to the young protagonist confronting his nightmares in his bedroom at that moment.
  • The horrific attack being the man of the couple.


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Διαβάθμιση Gore:
5 = Ατελείωτο λουτρό αίματος - 4 = Πολύ αιματοβαμμένο - 3 = Αιματοβαμμένο - 2 = Ελάχιστα αιματοβαμμένο - 1 = Σταγόνες αίματος - 0 = Ανυπαρξία αίματος

Διαβάθμιση Βαθμολογίας:
5 = Αριστουργηματικό! - 4 = Πολύ καλό - 3 = Καλό - 2,5 = Μέτριο - 2 = Κακό - 1 = Πολύ κακό - 0 = Δεν βλέπεται με τίποτα!


Rich atmosphere that combines fantasy and horror dramatic elements, very good performances, special effects.


Weak script with xecheilwmata and shortcomings, inadequate and throughput usage of certain characters.

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Interesting horror movie with strong fantasy elements and some fresh ideas. But it leaves a bitter taste that troubles mainly due to defects of the script.

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