The first trailer has dropped for Before I Wake, an upcoming supernatural thriller starring Kate Bosworth and Thomas Jane.
The plot revolves around a married couple who have adopted an 8-year-old boy, Cody (Jacob Tremblay), after their own child passed away. They soon learn that Cody’s dreams manifest physically as he sleeps; his sweet dreams and his nightmares come to life.
There certainly looks to be one or two creepy moments here. It looks well directed, and Bosworth and Jane are both decent, but we’re worried there’s an over-reliance on horror tropes to make this much more than a mildly entertaining supernatural thriller.
Director Mike Flanagan delivered a pleasant surprise with 2013’s Oculus, so here’s hoping Before I Wake comes through in similar fashion.
The film, also starring Annabeth Gish and Dash Mihok, hits U.S. cinemas on May 8.
Official synopsis for Before I Wake:
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.