When it comes to Netflix Originals it’s so easy for it to be a hit or miss. They produce a lot of films and tv-shows lately but much of it isn’t watchable or little bit interesting. I been having my eye on ‘Before I Wake’ for a while now and since it’s almost horror I thought I’d give it a try. The film reminded me a lot about the horror movie ‘Mama’ – where 2 children are found in the woods in a shack, been kept alive by a ghost called Mama and she protects them. ‘Before I Wake’ is a lot like that.
Jessie & Mark lost their child in an accident happened at home, he drowned in the bathtub. Trying to heal they decide to become foster parents to a little boy called Cody. This little boy is a special one. He’s kind, sweet and so polite. But there is something very dark about him. When he falls asleep his dreams come true. Regular dreams and nightmare a like. At first Jessie takes advantage of this because when Cody dreams, their son appears. So she wants to see him, drugs Cody so he sleeps but he doesn’t like sleeping. Bad things tend to happen when he does. A figure appears but he doesn’t tell anyone until Cody starts screaming in his sleep, Jessie and Mark run to him to see what’s wrong and that’s when they see it. What happens when he truly sleeps. So now they have to fight to keep him and for their lives, Jessie does some research to learn more about her foster son.
Like I said previously, a lot of the aspects of the film reminded me about the horror ‘Mama’. You will understand why if you see the film. It’s a Netflix Original so you’ll find it in that category on Netflix.
Who are the actors in this film and where do we know them from?
- Kate Bosworth – Jessie (SuperMan Returns, Still Alice, 21, Blue Crush)
- Thomas Jane – Mark (The Mist: Movie, Deep Blue Sea, Dreamcatcher, Face/Off)
- Jacob Tremblay – Cody (The Book of Henry, The Smurfs 2, Room)
- Annabeth Gish – Natalie (Grass Stains, Team Life, Scandal, The Sons of Anarchy)
- Hunter Wenzel – Tate (Gilmore Girls: A Year in Life, South of Hell)
Who is the director and what is she/he known for?
The director of this movie is Mike Flanagan, born in Salem, Massachusetts. As a child he would relocate often as his father was a U.S Coast Guard, as a child he would shoot and edit his own shorts on VHS and that continued when he attended high school and was in drama department. He’s done a lot of films during his career and if you enjoy horror then you might have seen some of his work: Oculus, HUSH, Ouija: Origin of Evil, Cold Harbor and many more.
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We keep seeing films and TV shows based on real events, and this one is no different. USS Indianapolis was on a secret mission to deliver a crate across the ocean with men on board during World War 2. And following them on deep waters was a japanese submarine. Tried to shoot once and failed, followed them some more, shot again and did not miss this time.
Boat sank and now the men on the ship are in the waters, shark infested waters. And the sharks are taking them one by one as the men are trying to hold on to floating items and rafts to survive and not drown. And how fast will rescue come or will it ever come!?
USS Indianapolis got you in the edge of your seat during the entire film. We see some excellent acting from young and veteran actors. We see how a group of men from different backgrounds and colors come together during their fight for survival.
Actors: Nicolas Cage, Tom Sizemore, Thomas Jane, Matt Lanter, James Remar, Brian Presley, Adam Scott Miller, Cody Walker and many more.
The Veil is one of the new horror’s that recently landed on Netflix. When it comes to horror films today they can be quite weak. But The Veil is different. We see Lily Rabe from American Horror Story in the film, which doesn’t mean much but it’s a familiar face and she is a good actress.
The Veil is about a crew taking a lone survivor of a cult living at a ranch in the woods. When she was 5 they committed mass suicide. As everyone thought. When the crew arrives with Sarah Hope, the survivor, she starting to see things that happened in her past. Not knowing who her parents are. They walk around the estate and find an old house with video clips. Video clips that not even FBI could find when they raided the place. As they are on the grounds of this former cult estate people on the crew starting to go missing one by one but come back – different. So what is going on here? As they are watching the clips more and more of the truth on what actually happened that day when FBI raided the place unfolds.
When it comes to The Veil as a horror I’d probably mark it as a thriller more than a horror. But it keeps you on suspense and I’d say watch it. Sure, won’t scare you like the old horror could but it’ll make you question what’s going on and makes you want more.
You see actors like Jessica Alba, Lily Rabe, Thomas Jane, Aleksa Palladino, Jack De Sena, Reid Scott, Shannon Woodward and many more.