Blake Crane reviews “Before I Wake” for Film Pulse


Filmed way back in 2013 and distributed shortly after in several international markets, Before I Wake experienced several domestic release delays. A film gathering this much dust typically raises red flags regarding quality, but in this case the issues stem from a bankrupt distributor and not Mike Flanagan’s work. The director and co-writer (with Jeff Howard) has crafted a heartfelt chiller that keeps its supernatural terrors grounded in humanity, thanks to genuine characters brought to life by a solid cast. Finally released to the masses through Netflix, Before I Wake is a much more effective and affecting horror drama than most of the jump-scare generators that invade the multiplex.


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