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Sci-Fi Sleep Paralysis Thriller ‘Come True’ Looks to be the Stuff Nightmares are Made From

Credit: Raven Banner // IFC Films

We were first made aware of director Anthony Scott Burns’ sleep paralysis thriller at Fantasia then again back in October during the Nightstream Film Festival. If you didn’t get a chance to catch it on the short festival run you will get a chance in March when IFC Midnight releases the film.

We have seen sleep paralysis explored throughout the years and brought to light in Rodney Ascher’s film ‘The Nightmare’ – but this looks like a fascinating new take on the subject matter. Now we have the official trailer to share with our readers.

High school student Sarah (Stone) is at her lowest point yet when she runs away from home and finds herself with no one to rely on and struggling with recurring nightmares. She chances upon a university sleep study that offers the promise of safety and money and brings her an unexpected friend and confidant in the overseeing scientist Jeremy (Liboiron). But there’s something curious about proceedings and being under observation seems to make Sarah’s disturbing dreams even worse. As the darkness begins to close in, it’s soon clear that Sarah has unknowingly become the conduit to a horrifying, new discovery…

Come True
Credit: Raven Banner // IFC Films

“I’d been fascinated with this concept of sleep paralysis since I first experienced it in my youth,” said writer/director Anthony Scott Burns. “When people are in this state, they often seem to see the exact same thing: dark shadows with eyes watching over them. Science obviously declares this a mass hallucination, but you have to wonder… Why do people see the same thing?” Inspired by the work of Nicolas Roeg, William Friedkin, Stanley Kubrick, and David Cronenberg, as well as sleep studies conducted by Berkeley University, COME TRUE seeks to ask what would happen if we could see other people’s dreams? What would we see? What would we discover about ourselves? What if these shadows from our collective dreams saw us looking back at them? “Artistically, the goal of the film was to create a classic genre narrative that could slowly hypnotize” adds Burns, “that would clearly deliver a building ‘feeling’, and finish with a moment for the audience that leaves them disoriented, lost, questioning where the line between the film and their own life ends. A dream come true”