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The Long Delayed ‘Before I Wake’ Just Arrived On Netflix!

Filmed way back in 2013 and originally intended for release in 2015… and then 2016… and then maybe 2017?… Gerald’s Game director Mike Flanagan’s Before I Wake (read our review) has been met with delay after delay after delay, to the point that we were starting to wonder if we’d *ever* be able to watch the film here in the States.

The good news? Before I Wake, which Flanagan made before recent hits Ouija: Origin of Evil and Gerald’s Game, just arrived on US Netflix TODAY, January 5!

Our own Daniel Kurland wrote in his review last year that Before I Wake is “a haunted fairytale from a growing master.” So you’ll want to give this one your time.

In Before I Wake

Jessie and Mark, recovering from the death of their young son Sean, decide to take in 8-year-old Cody as a foster child. Cody seems sweet, loving and bright in every way, except that he is afraid to sleep. They soon discover why: Cody’s dreams manifest in reality as he sleeps. In Jessie’s grief, she tries to use Cody’s supernatural abilities to reconnect with her dead son. Soon she discovers that Cody’s nightmares manifest as well, as they experience both the intense wonder – and intense terror – that only a child’s imagination could conjure. To save their new family, Jessie and Mark must uncover the truth behind Cody’s nightmares.

Kate Bosworth, Thomas Jane, Dash Mihok, Annabeth Gish and Jacob Tremblay star.



  • Matt Graupman

    Well, I know what I’m doing today!

    • Carrion Casserole

      I second that notion~

  • Necro

    Well I’m down he’s definitely earned my trust as a filmmaker. He knows Horror and what makes it work, at least in MY OPINION he does.

    • J Jett

      Necro, let me know if you like the film or not. personally speaking i loved it! i’ve watched it several times and love it each time. also, it’s more a fantasy/drama/horror than it is a straight up horror film.

  • EvilHead1981

    Don’t doubt it will be good, cause I trust Flanagan, but that last scene of the jumpscare scream was lackluster. A monster screaming isn’t scary. If it was more subtle about itself. It just sat there silent while it slowly put it’s hand on the kid’s shoulder, or ran it’s fingers across the kid’s cheek… THAT would be creepy.

    • Zazobusha

      I think in the very first trailer for the movie they had the ghost kid just sit there quietly and not scream obnoxiously like in the final cut, but it’s probably because they haven’t added the CGI open mouth thing in post at the time. The film is really great btw!

  • Vocal_Antagonist

    Not one of Flanagan’s best, but has his stylistic touch which is more than enough for me. Imported the region-free Blu-ray from months ago.

  • J Jett

    i freaking love this movie! easily my favorite Flanagan film.

  • J Jett

    Kyle, same here! i love this movie.

  • captaintrips

    i know what i’m watching tonight!

  • Willie

    Definitely watching this tonight!

  • darklordofgorgoroth

    Same here in Norway. I think I watched it about 6 months ago, actually.

  • bondagegel

    Unfortunately Flanagan’s worst film. A decent concept, but seriously watered down with sentimentality to the point it’s laughable.

    • Simon Allen

      Heartless !!

  • Simon Allen

    Highly recommended, this has an early Del Toro vibe and is more of a dark fantasy than a horror .
    For me one of Flanagans best .

  • Love this movie!!!

  • Cheshire TrollCat

    Wow, this was not just just a horror movie. It was also beautiful and heartbreaking… Flanagan is on a roll, he might be my favorite horror director after this.

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