Dead Awake (2016)


Dead Awake is a 2016 American horror film directed by Phillip Guzman (200 Hours) from a screenplay by Jeffrey Reddick (Final Destination; Final Destination 2). It stars Jocelin Donahue, Jesse Bradford, Lori Petty, and Brea Grant.

A young woman must save herself and her friends from an ancient evil that stalks its victims through the real-life phenomenon of sleep paralysis…

The film premiered at Shriekfest 2016 on October 6, 2016. FilmRise will release in the US in hits theaters and VOD on May 12, 2017.


In the UK, Matchbox Films released the film on DVD on 15 May 2017.




“There’s a fine line between paying tribute to your horror heroes and the terrifying tales of the past – and an audience asking the question “why?”  Dead Awake walks that tight-rope, borrowing heavily from Craven’s signature film [A Nightmare on Elm Street] while also branching out on its own with humor and its own set of unique rules.” Michael Klug, Horrorfreak News

“The film substitutes the lack of special effects with good acting, visually appealing cinematography and good direction thanks to Phillip Guzman, which is all a vital part of the the movie’s success […] the movie feels a little long and it can stand to benefit minus a few select scenes. I also feel that a darker tone would have created a more intense setting for both the characters in the movie and the audience alike.” Atomic Age Renegades


“The authentic performances, suspense, eerie atmosphere, sleek production, detailed screenplay, sets, editing, cinematography, special effects and directing was all marvelous. Dead Awake actors gave us top notch performances.” Florita A., Hell Horror

“It’s confidently made and there are a couple cool moments that general audiences will probably eat up; but as far as its story and monster goes, it leaves a lot to be desired. Not even Jocelin Donahue, who is legitimately great here (when isn’t she?) can turn this one around. Despite how good of a concept it may be, if Dead Awake tells us anything, it’s that maybe we should put sleep paralysis to rest.” Ryan C., The Missing Reel

Main cast:

Jocelin Donahue (House of the Devil), Brea Grant (The Devil’s Dolls; Beyond the Gates; Hakkoween II), Jeffrey Reddick, Jesse Bradford, Lori Petty, Natalie Jones, James Eckhouse, Billy Blair, Richard Lukens, Jesse Borrego, Liz Mikel, Chelsea Morgensen, A.J. Gutierrez, LeeLee Wellberg, Mona Lee Fultz.

Filming locations:

San Antonio, Texas, USA

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