Come True preview: A sleep paralysis horror movie inspired by horror games

Sleep paralysis may be the closest experience to horror-movie dream that truth needs to use. Those afflicted by the experience unexpectedly lose their capability to move while in bed, and lots of report experiencing the exact same hallucination: a sneaking figure in the shadows, seeing them, preying on them.

In Become A Reality, which opens in choose U.S. theaters, and on digital platforms and cable television VOD on Friday, March 12, writer-director-cinematographer Anthony Scott Burns (Vacations) brings the parasomniac headache to its apparent put on the screen. Star Julia Sarah Stone plays Sarah, a high school trainee who escapes from house just to succumb to repeating episodes of sleep paralysis. Registering in a paid sleep research study looks like a win-win for a roaming teenager, however the experiments just appear to make the dreadful images that obstruct Sarah’s dreams a lot more painful. There’s clearly something more going on — as there need to remain in any excellent scary movie.

Throughout Become A Reality, audiences drift from Sarah’s uninspiring daily life and the monstrous visions she withstands. And like lots of young filmmakers working today, Burns looked for motivation from both movie and computer game in understanding the story’s more surreal aspects. To go along with an unique clip from the film (above), Polygon asked the director to elaborate on how a life time behind a controller affected his method to crafting concrete unreality. Here’s what Burns informed us:


First came Stanley Kubrick, the Steadicam, and The Shining … then came the first-person shooter. This is how the majority of us see things now.

For as long as I can keep in mind, my dreams have actually constantly been drifting monochrome carnival trips providing me gradually towards whatever strange narrative my mind conjures, and I’m sure the origins of this structure/medium originated from me seeing The Shining as a young child, and my household’s early adoption of computer game.

Now an extremely familiar framing gadget to the majority of us, the first-person/third-person video game motion mechanics are how the majority of us experience other worlds, and due to the fact that of this they greatly affected Become A Reality’s dreamscapes.

Taking individuals on a journey to someplace as speculative as the dreams remain in our movie, we required a method of taking a trip that might be immediately comprehended. So we made an innovative bet that the audience would accept it as a practical (and ideally frightening) mode of experiencing our lead character’s journey — both in and out of her sleep cycle.

We shot scenes and created fully CG environments with this slow forward “float” always in mind, until the movement itself became a motif — part of our larger effort to manifest a tale that was both alien, and creepily familiar. It made sense to co-opt a style of mobility that felt like someone was both in complete control, and being taken somewhere against their will like our lead character. This is what playing video games constantly seemed like to me: extremely amusing options in a world where there actually are none. For me, this is real scary.

Jobber Wiki author Frank Long contributed to this report.