Before I Wake ★★★

it's really A Mike Flanagan Movie in the way that it explores trauma through horror, but the lack of a strong performance by any of the lead actors kills before i wake before it even gets a chance to try. i can take overexplained endings (i loved gerard's game) if the actors are giving their best, and i can put up with jumpscares (oculus was great) if you build up to them and make them feel earned, but this one can only offer subpar acting at best and the jumpscares feel desperate rather than genuinely scary. idk how to wrap this up mike flanagan is still great tho !