Dead Awake: Don’t Miss This Outstanding Horror Movie

Dead Awake

Dead Awake is a supernatural psychological horror film directed by Phillip Guzman and written by Jeffrey Reddick.

It was released in 2016 in the United States. In addition to Jocelin Donahue, Jesse Bradford and Jesse Borrego, Brea Grant and James Eckhouse appear in the film. Lori Petty also appears in the film.


Information on the Film

Domestic Releases: FilmRise will release a limited number of copies on May 12th, 2017.

Availability in other countries: July 19th, 2017 (Worldwide) (South Korea)

Rating by the MPAA: Not rated

Time allotted for the performance: 100 minutes

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KEYWORDS: Social Worker; Supernatural; Sleep Disorders; Early / Simultaneous Video-on-Demand; Doctors; Research Scientist; Discredited Scientist

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Genre: Horror

Method of production: live-action filming

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Gama Entertainment, Aristar Entertainment, and Incendiary Features are among the companies involved in the production and financing of the film.

United States of America is the country of production.

Languages: English


Kate Bowman is a straight-laced social worker who is called in to investigate a string of deaths after her twin sister, Beth, dies unexpectedly and mysteriously. Each victim was suffering from sleep paralysis, a terrifying illness that causes its victims to become immobile while they are dreaming.

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Kate is approached by an outlandish doctor who warns her of the existence of an evil monster that stalks individuals while they sleep. She dismisses his warning, but as a horrific thing begins to haunt Kate’s friends and loved ones, she must fight to remain awake in order to put an end to the nightmare before it begins.

After growing persuaded that the creature is genuine, Kate teams up with Beth’s boyfriend Evan and returns to the doctor’s office for another meeting. They devise a strategy to allow her to go asleep and then inject her with adrenaline before the thing has a chance to kill her completely.

Then the monster attacks and she displays no signs of being in sleep paralysis, despite the fact that she has fallen asleep and everything appears to be fine (her eyes are closed, and she seems to be sleeping peacefully).

Evan notices that something is wrong and eventually discovers that she is paralysed and under attack. They are able to provide the adrenaline just in time for her to awaken, which appears to have dispersed the beast and allowed Kate to be free of its attacks.


In the midst of preparing to execute the same treatment on Evan, Kate becomes aware that her parents have conducted research into the phenomenon and that they may be under threat as well. As soon as they get at her parents’ house, they discover that they are in good health.

They then proceed to Evan’s apartment so that Kate may wash and he can feed his kitty.

While Kate is showering, Evan falls asleep, and the ‘hag’ creature that he painted earlier in the film emerges from the painting. As the creature closes in on them, Kate emerges from the shower and makes an unsuccessful attempt to revive him. When paramedics arrive on the scene, he is seen being wheeled away while Kate watches helplessly.


Beth/Kate Bowman is played by Jocelin Donahue.

Evan is played by Jesse Bradford.

Dr. Hassan Davies is played by Jesse Borrego.

Dr. Sykes is played by Lori Petty.

Mr. Bowman is played by James Eckhouse.

Mrs. Bowman is played by Mona Lee Fultz.

Linda Noble is played by Brea Grant.

Darryl Noble is played by AJ Gutierrez.

Mr. Pang is played by Billy Blair.

Liz Mikel in the role of Nurse

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Anthony is played by Jeffrey Reddick.

Natali Jones in the role of The Night Hag

The cast, lead by Jocelin Donahue, does an excellent job with the material, with Donahue giving a good dual performance as Kate and Beth. Billy Blair’s (gotta love alliteration) performance as Mr Pang, a man so scared that the “Hag” will get him that his answer is to never sleep again, even if it kills him in the end, was particularly memorable.

Overall, Dead Awake is a film with an intriguing premise but fails miserably in execution, resulting in an utterly tedious and disappointing plod that makes you wait for the end credits so you can get back to sleep.



On October 8, 2016, the film had its world premiere at Shriekfest.


When Kate Bowman becomes involved in the investigation of mysterious deaths that occur while people are sleeping, Jessica Donahue portrays her as a regular social worker. A spiritual power visited each of the victims right before they died, when they were suffering from sleep paralysis, according to their accounts of what happened. By delving even farther into the research, Kate exposes herself to the fury of the beast. As a result, Kate and her family quickly become the victims of an ancient evil.


Dead Awake was met with a mixed response from both critics and the general public. It has a 13 percent approval rating on the review aggregation website Rotten Tomatoes, based on eight reviews, with no indication of a critical consensus being provided. In terms of Metacritic, the picture does not have an overall score; nonetheless, the film has received three reviews, and all of them are negative in nature. The film has received an average rating of 4.6 out of 10 on IMDB, which has had more than 2400 ratings.