BEWARE THE MOON REVIEWS
So, this was the seocond of the night, and thankfully, it was better than the first! The second one was the second Netflix original of the night too, and actually the better one of the two. This film was Before I Wake, "A young couple adopt an orphaned child whose dreams - and nightmares - manifest physically as he sleeps.".
Like the last one, (it has such a long name, I am from now on going to type it as Pretty Thing), the last one being Pretty Thing, it was a Netflix original, but unlike the last one, it wasn't that bad... I wouldn't say this one was a typical horror, maybe more a thriller, but it definitely still tried its damdest to make you jump. Just don't watch it if you are really in the mood for gore and a massive killer or anything like that. I would say this has aspects of horror but is probably more of a thriller - the dreams are very well done, and look similar to how Avatar when you first saw it, it's all very pleasing to the eye.
The dreams also start out as nice and warm, but it seems to be when they are pushed or taken advantage of, that's when it all goes wrong - kind of like life really I guess, if you wanna get deep... Jessie starts trying to use the dreams to see her dead son again and get closure, and, I am not trying to blame her for anything, but just saying, after she started doing it and making Cody sleep for longer, it all went a bit Pete Tong... Not blaming her though...
Before I wake is not gory, or that scary but it is tense and it is creepy in places, it is also pretty thought provoking, in the way that once you realise what, or even who the monster is, you realise there was no way you would have worked it out. Well, I for one would never have guessed, and I really don't think it was obvious or easy to come to.
The monster is obviously the scariest thing in this film, as it should be, and I found it very clever, I won't mention what it is, but it does look very different and acts in a way that what it is wouldn't normally. Everything about the monster was thought through, down to the look and the look of it going back to flashbacks from Cody, to the noises and sounds it makes, actually meaning something. For a monster out of a thriller with aspects of horror, I very much approve.
I thought Before I wake was a good film, I can't say I was blown away by it, but it wasn't dreadful. I don't know whether part of it was because I was in the mood for horrors, (which is most of the time, FYI...), and this isn't fully one, but that's my fault really, getting hopes up and all.
If someone wanted to watch a movie and asked for a recommendation, and I thought this one might be up their street, for sure I would say they should watch it. It wasn't a bad movie, just not one I would watch in a while, not all my taste, that's all.
Now the last film we watched that evening, the review coming next, literally I would buy a house on that street, it was that much up my street...
Watching horror films since like 2003, when I could stand dead bodies..