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Mike Flanagan’s “BEFORE I WAKE” finally sees U.S. release next month

Wednesday, December 13, 2017 | News

By MICHAEL GINGOLD

An unfortunate casualty of Relativity Media’s financial woes, Mike Flanagan’s supernatural thriller BEFORE I WAKE is finally emerging from Stateside release limbo in January.

Flanagan, the acclaimed director of films like GERALD’S GAME, HUSH and OCULUS, took to Twitter to announce, “After almost four years of intense frustration, I’m thrilled to confirm that Netflix will release BEFORE I WAKE in the U.S. on January 5.” Filmed in late 2013 under the title SOMNIA, BEFORE I WAKE, scripted by Flanagan and Jeff Howard, is an intelligent and accomplished horror/drama starring Kate Bosworth and Thomas Jane as a married couple grieving the death of their young son. They decide to adopt an 8-year-old boy named Cody (ROOM and WONDER’s Jacob Tremblay), and discover that his dreams manifest in real life—and unfortunately, the same happens with his nightmares. Netflix previously released BEFORE I WAKE in the rest of the world this past April.

Michael Gingold
Michael Gingold (RUE MORGUE's Head Writer) has been covering the world of horror cinema for over three decades, and spent 28 years as a writer and editor for FANGORIA magazine and its website. In addition to RUE MORGUE, he currently writes for BIRTH.MOVIES.DEATH, SCREAM, IndieWire.com, TIME OUT, DELIRIUM and others. His book THE FRIGHTFEST GUIDE TO MONSTER MOVIES (FAB Press) is out this fall, and he has contributed liner notes and featurettes to a number of Blu-ray and DVD releases. Among his screenplay credits are SHADOW: DEAD RIOT and LEECHES!, and he is currently working on THE DOLL with director Dante Tomaselli.