Relativity’s The Disappointments Room took on an entirely new meaning when it stole the slot originally set for Mike Flanagan’s (Oculus, Hush, Ouija: Origin of Evil) long delayed Before I Wake (read our review), a fresh child-horror film starring Kate Bosworth, Thomas Jane, Dash Mihok, Annabeth Gish and Jacob Tremblay.
Flanagan’s film has been getting shafted for years now, being moved around the release schedule more than a game of musical chairs. As of this writing there is still no U.S. date for the film, which has been caught in the middle of Relativity’s bankruptcy woes, which included a battle with Netflix (who claimed they had a right to stream the film before its theatrical run would even happen). Ironically, Netflix is releasing the film next month…internationally. While we don’t have a list of all the regions, we do know that Before I Wake is landing on the streaming service across the globe on April 28th.
A few months ago, Flanagan urged fans to pick the film up from Canadian distributors on Blu-ray as it allegedly will work in U.S. players.
In Before I Wake, which screened at this past July’s Fantasia Film Festival, “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.“
Our very own Daniel Kurland reviewed the film, calling it “A haunted fairy tale from a growing master…”