Considering the lasting Nightmare that Elm Street has been, it’s almost a wonder we don’t see more “don’t fall asleep” horror movies. And so this first trailer for the indie horror film Mara seems almost refreshing... well, as refreshing as an Olga Kurylenko-stalking demon can be.
Kurylenko plays criminal psychologist Kate Fuller who gets assigned to the case of a man murdered in his sleep, seemingly strangled by his wife. The only witness to the crime is their eight-year-old daughter, Sophie, who tells Kate, rather freakishly, that Mara did it.
As Kate comes to realize all to well, this Mara character is some sort of sleep-depriving demon, who prays upon those she marks while they dream… er, nightmare away.
So yeah, sleeping is a bad idea indeed. And demons make for really poor bedfellows. And Sophie is a creepy kid, who Kate is hellbent on saving, even if she has to stay up forever to do so.
Alas, no one can stay up forever.
The supernatural sleep-paralysis thriller comes to us from first time feature director Clive Tonge, screenwriter Jonathan Frank, and, as the trailer notes, “a producer” from Paranormal Activity and Insidious. It stars Kurylenko – who you likely recognize from Oblivion, Hitman, or Quantum of Solace – alongside relative unknowns Javier Botet, Mitch Eakins, and a host of other character actors.
While this first trailer may not be enough to keep you awake tonight, the movie looks like it may just give you a few nightmares upon release. No debut date has been set just yet, but what do you think, will Mara be worth staying up for?