The story is about John Chambers and his family. John and his family moved to a new home in a small town in Pennsylvania. Soon John begins to experience sleep paralysis and at the same time, his young son complains that there is a man in his room. These encounters begin to haunt John and his family and transforming to complete terror as he discovers the entities’ sole purpose.
The Review (Spoiler Free)
Be Afraid is another horror film about sleep paralysis. Sleep paralysis is a phenomenon during which an individual is unable to move during falling asleep, but is aware of their surroundings. It is often accompanied by frightening figures around or on the individual as one is unable to react because of paralysis. Sleep paralysis is scary concept because it is real and many people have experienced it. But it is difficult to make full feature film about the concept. Be Afraid attempt to create a horror movie around the concept but it fail short.
Even though the movie is supposed to be about sleep paralysis, its really not. The story is bit confusing and don’t really make sense. The story is bit confusing not because the movie complex but because there is many loose ends in the writing. I felt like the writers hasn’t really thought things through when they are trying to come up with a interesting story for the movie.
The movie is slow burner. Nothing really happens until last 30 minuets of the movie where it gets somewhat interesting and exciting. There are hardly any creepy and scary scenes and there are no jump scenes. I take that back. There is one scene where the little boy take a picture of the closet after he complains about seeing someone. That scene was creepy and scary but soon forgettable. Also the ending is nothing to be excited about.
If you like movie about sleep paralysis, check out Dead Awake, and The Nightmare.
In the Nutshell
Be Afraid has a potential but fail short. I give 2 out of 5 stars.
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Genre: Sleep Paralysis
Rotten Tomato Rating: 29% / 36%
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