It’s taken a while to see the light of day, but before he helmed Ouija: Origin of Evil, Mike Flanagan wrote and directed supernatural chiller Before I Wake. Lacking the sting of his other work, it’s a frustrating film that ultimately can’t utilise its intriguing premise to its full potential.
It was the horror sequel nobody asked for: despite the obscene box office success of 2014’s Ouija, it fared almost as poorly with genre fans as it did critically. However, the horror genre is no stranger to unwanted attempts to magic up franchise potential from thin air, so mere months after its original theatrical run, a follow-up was confirmed. Set expectations to zero.