Here's the eerie trailer for Before I Wake, from the director of Oculus

Oculus was one of the finer horror outings of last year, and now we've got a look at the next supernatural shocker from its writer/director.

It took me most of the morning to realize that Before I Wake is the new title of Somnia, the film that Mike Flanagan completed after he made Oculus. The latter movie, starring Karen Gillan, Brenton Thwaites and Katee Sackhoff, was a superb, character-driven horror picture with a real sense of dread and a number of genuine frights throughout.

So what's why I checked out this trailer as soon as I realized this was Flanagan’s next offering, and while the idea may be somewhat familiar -- a couple lose their son and adopt a little boy whose dreams and nightmares both become real when he sleeps -- the footage on display here suggests that Flanagan is continuing to deliver horror with a human, emotional punch to it.

Kate Bosworth (Superman Returns) and Thomas Jane (soon to be seen in SyFy's The Expanse) star as the adoptive parents, while the cast is rounded out by Annabeth Gish, Dash Mihok and Jacob Tremblay as 8-year-old Cody, the boy whose dreams can come all too true. Check out the trailer below and let us know what you think. Before I Wake is out in theaters on May 8.

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