Jocelin Donahue-starring movie now out on DVD and Blu-ray

By Clark Collis
August 03, 2017 at 02:23 PM EDT
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In the new horror film Dead Awake, the always watchable Jocelin Donahue from The House of the Devil plays a straight-laced social worker who finds herself plunged into a world of supernatural terror while investigating a series of mysterious deaths. Each victim suffered from a chilling condition known as sleep paralysis, a nightmarish assault on the senses that immobilizes its victims as they dream. As a terrifying entity begins to haunt Kate’s friends and loved ones, she must fight to stay awake to stop the nightmare she’s unleashed.

Dead Awake is directed by Phillip Guzman and written by Jeffrey Reddick, whose credits include dreaming up the concept behind the hugely successful Final Destination franchise and co-writing that series’ initial entry, which was released in 2000. “Usually when we go to sleep at night, our brain shuts our bodies down, so we don’t act out our dreams,” Reddick explained to EW last year. “Sleep paralysis happens when your brain wakes up, but your body doesn’t click that switch. So, you’ll wake up, but you can’t move your body. It’s really terrifying. A lot of people report seeing an old woman sitting on their chest, suffocating them. In the olden days, they thought this ‘Night Hag’ was visiting people at night and sucking the life out of them. I’m always drawn to real-life stories, and it was fun to delve into that nightmare territory.”

Dead Awake costars Lori Petty, Jesse Bradford, Jesse Borrego, Brea Grant, and James Eckhouse. FilmRise has now released Dead Awake on Blu-ray and DVD, with bonus materials including a commentary track with Guzman, Reddick, Donahue, Grant, and producer James LaMarr and deleted scenes.

Watch one of those deleted scenes above and the film’s trailer, below.

Credit: Gama Entertainment

Dead Awake is now available to buy on Blu-ray and DVD.