Described as a “sweeping psychological thriller,” writer-director Nora Unkel’s A Nightmare Wakes will awaken on Shudder on February 4th—and the trailer witnesses the birth of a chilling creation.
In the film, author Mary Shelley descends into an opium-fuelled fever dream while composing Frankenstein and carrying on a torrid love affair with Percy Shelley. As she writes, the characters of her novel come to life and begin to plague her relationship with Percy. Before long, she must choose between true love and her literary masterpiece.
According to the press release, A Nightmare Wakes is “steeped in accurate period details but told with a modern perspective” and “traces the tortured birth of a timeless masterwork and the rightful ascension of its creator to stand alongside her creation.” Alix Wilton Regan (The Wife) and Giullian Gioiello (Scream: The TV Series) star.
Shudder is releasing A Nightmare Wakes just days after the 170th anniversary of Mary Shelley’s death, which took place on February 1st, 1851. Take a look at the striking trailer below.
Words: Samantha McLaren (@themeatispeople)