Before I Wake ★★★½

Mike Flanagan's signature use of family drama and themes of grief and trauma as a vehicle for horror may not be as strongly executed in 'Before I Wake' as it is in his later projects, but his early showcase as a more intellectual horror director definitely showed the promise that has since then (and hopefully continue to be) paid off. The interesting concept mixed with the emotional story does make for quite a compelling film at points but 'Before I Wake' is brought a bit by common horror trappings such as cheap jumpscares from time to time and infrequent unintentionally comical moments.

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