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''Before I Wake'', also known as ''Somnia'', is a 2016 American dark fantasy horror film directed and edited by Mike Flanagan and co-written by Flanagan and Jeff Howard. The film stars Kate Bosworth, Thomas Jane, Jacob Tremblay, Annabeth Gish, and Dash Mihok.

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''Before I Wake'', also known as ''Somnia'', is a 2016 American dark fantasy horror film directed and edited by Mike Flanagan Creator/MikeFlanagan and co-written by Flanagan and Jeff Howard. The film stars Kate Bosworth, Thomas Jane, Creator/KateBosworth, Creator/ThomasJane, Jacob Tremblay, Annabeth Gish, and Dash Mihok.

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* MacabreMothMotif: The insects that represent Cody's nightmares and the Canker Man are moths that contrast with the PrettyButterflies, and unlike real moths are [[MothMenace capable of biting people.]]


* {{Foreshadowing}}: "I am always with you." At first, this seems to imply that Cody will never be able to escape the Canker Man. [[spoiler: However, this turns out to have been his biological mother's last words to him before she died of cancer, turning something foreboding into something intended to be loving and reassuring.]]

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"I am always with you." At first, this seems to imply that Cody will never be able to escape the Canker Man. [[spoiler: However, this turns out to have been his biological mother's last words to him before she died of cancer, turning something foreboding into something intended to be loving and reassuring.]]


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* NotWhatItLooksLike: When Cody is given a sedative and the Canker Man comes after Jessie and Mark, Mark tries to slap him awake, only to fail because the sedative is too powerful. Social Services sees the bruise and assumes Cody has been abused, so they take him away.

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* ChekhovsLecture: Early on, when Jessie learns that Cody has nightmares, she assumes they're the mundane kind and tells him a story from when she was a little girl and believed that a witch would come by her window at night and scrape her long fingers against the window, frightening young Jessie. When she looked into things a bit more and found out that the witch's long fingers were actually the branches of a nearby tree, the witch went away and never came back. Jessie later uses similar (though more extensive) investigative methods to uncover the truth of the Canker Man and make him go away.

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** When Cody dreamed his first foster mother, she was doll-like; he was too young to remember her properly.[[spoiler: Like his dying biological mother turned into a monster in his mind.]]


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''Before I Wake'', also known as ''Somnia'', is a 2016 American dark fantasy horror film directed and edited by Mike Flanagan and co-written by Flanagan and Jeff Howard. The film stars Kate Bosworth, Thomas Jane, Jacob Tremblay, Annabeth Gish, and Dash Mihok.



''Before I Wake'', also known as ''Somnia'', is a 2016 American dark fantasy horror film directed and edited by Mike Flanagan and co-written by Flanagan and Jeff Howard. The film stars Kate Bosworth, Thomas Jane, Jacob Tremblay, Annabeth Gish, and Dash Mihok.



* AdultFear: Two of them feature prominently throughout:

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* AdultFear: Two of them feature prominently throughout:


* FliesEqualEvil: Cody's manifested butterflies turn into black biting flies when the Canker Man shows up.

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* FliesEqualEvil: FliesEqualsEvil: Cody's manifested butterflies turn into black biting flies when the Canker Man shows up.

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* FliesEqualEvil: Cody's manifested butterflies turn into black biting flies when the Canker Man shows up.


* AsleepInClass: Cody starts nodding off in class due to his efforts to stay awake. His teacher allows him to take a nap in a darkened classroom over lunchtime.

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* AsleepInClass: Cody starts nodding off in class due to his efforts to stay awake. His teacher allows him to take a nap in a darkened classroom over lunchtime. This goes badly for Tate the bully.



* TheAssimilator: The Canker Man kills by absorbing people into its body. Ghoulish echoes of the victims then become manifestations of Cody's dreams.



* MundaneUtility: Jessie uses Cody's dream manifestations to play lifelike home movies, which her husband calls her on.



* UncannyValley: Invoked. Many of Cody's dream manifestations fall into this, due to limited knowledge or a child's understanding. [[spoiler:His previous father tried to use his gift to bring his wife back, just as Jessie did with Sean, but Cody could only imagine her as a doll-like facsimile. The Canker Man is also his mind's twisted rationalization of his mother, who underwent treatment for pancreatic cancer and, just before they were separated, looked ghoulish due to the radiation treatments.]]

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* UncannyValley: Invoked. Many of Cody's dream manifestations fall into this, due to limited knowledge or a child's understanding. [[spoiler:His Jessie uses him to make manifestations of Sean, but Sean either stands around doing nothing or just repeats the actions Cody watched on Jessie's home movies. His previous father tried to use his gift to bring his wife back, just as Jessie did with Sean, back after the Canker Man absorbed her, but Cody could only imagine her as a doll-like facsimile. The [[spoiler:The Canker Man is also his mind's twisted rationalization of his mother, who underwent treatment for pancreatic cancer and, just before they were separated, looked ghoulish due to the radiation treatments.]]


* BittersweetEnding: Mark, Tate, the the previous catetaker's wife are still gone after being taken by the Canker Man, and Jessie is still dealing with the loss of Sean, but she and Cody have a better understanding of Cody's abilities, Jessie seems to be finally starting to properly heal, and Cody appears to be gaining control over his manifestations.

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* BittersweetEnding: Mark, Tate, the and the previous catetaker's caretaker's wife are still gone after being taken by the Canker Man, and Jessie is still dealing with the loss of Sean, but she and Cody have a better understanding of Cody's abilities, Jessie seems to be finally starting to properly heal, and Cody appears to be gaining control over his manifestations.


* Mark tries this with Cody to save himself and Jessie from the Canker Man, but he's been given such a heavy dose of sedative that even a hard slap barely bring him around for two seconds before he passes out again.

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* ** Mark tries this with Cody to save himself and Jessie from the Canker Man, but he's Cody's been given such a heavy dose of sedative that even a hard slap barely bring brings him around for two seconds before he passes out again.


* BittersweetEnding: Mark and Tate are still gone after being taken by the Canker Man, and Jessie is still dealing with the loss of Sean, but she and Cody have a better understanding of Cody's abilities, Jessie seems to be finally starting to properly heal, and Cody appears to be gaining control over his manifestations.

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* BittersweetEnding: Mark and Tate Mark, Tate, the the previous catetaker's wife are still gone after being taken by the Canker Man, and Jessie is still dealing with the loss of Sean, but she and Cody have a better understanding of Cody's abilities, Jessie seems to be finally starting to properly heal, and Cody appears to be gaining control over his manifestations.



* HumanoidAbomination: The Canker Man, who’s the AnthropomorphicPersonification of Cody’s repressed memories of his cancer-stricken biological mother, and emerges as an emaciated, genderless humanoid that forms out of a swarm of moths and absorbs people.

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* HumanoidAbomination: The Canker Man, who’s who's the AnthropomorphicPersonification of Cody’s repressed Cody's [[spoiler:repressed memories of his cancer-stricken biological mother, mother]], and emerges as an emaciated, genderless humanoid that forms out of a swarm of moths and absorbs people.



* NiceJobBreakingItHero: Jessie gives Cody a powerful sedative so he'll sleep after the incident at school. This results in the Canker Man having free reign of the house and Cody being impossible to wake up, resulting it it absorbing Mark. Cody is then taken away from Jessie because it's assumed she's in an abusive relationship (the Canker Man smacked her across the face while absorbing Mark), setting up the final act.



* SlapYourselfAwake: Cody's attempts to avoid falling asleep include pinching his own arm very hard during the day.
* UncannyValley: Many of Cody's dream manifestations fall into this, due to limited knowledge or a child's understanding.

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* SlapYourselfAwake: SlapYourselfAwake:
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Cody's attempts to avoid falling asleep include pinching his own arm very hard during the day.
* Mark tries this with Cody to save himself and Jessie from the Canker Man, but he's been given such a heavy dose of sedative that even a hard slap barely bring him around for two seconds before he passes out again.
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UncannyValley: Invoked. Many of Cody's dream manifestations fall into this, due to limited knowledge or a child's understanding.understanding. [[spoiler:His previous father tried to use his gift to bring his wife back, just as Jessie did with Sean, but Cody could only imagine her as a doll-like facsimile. The Canker Man is also his mind's twisted rationalization of his mother, who underwent treatment for pancreatic cancer and, just before they were separated, looked ghoulish due to the radiation treatments.]]

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* CooldownHug: Jessie, to the Canker Man, when she confronts him with her new knowledge about what he is. [[spoiler:In her embrace, the Canker Man shrinks down and turns into a manifestation of Cody.]]


* CaffeineFailure: After several nights of drinking soda an popping caffeine pills in a desperate bid to stay away, Cody's brain shuts down anyway without him realizing it. When school bully Tate [[spoiler:who had been taken by the Canker Man the day before]] manifests and tries to drag him under the bed, Cody screams, "I'm awake! This can't be happening!" over and over.

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* CaffeineFailure: After several nights of drinking soda an and popping caffeine pills in a desperate bid to stay away, awake, Cody's brain shuts down anyway without him realizing it. When school bully Tate [[spoiler:who had been taken by the Canker Man the day before]] manifests and tries to drag him under the bed, Cody screams, "I'm awake! This can't be happening!" over and over.

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* EyeScream: Cody's humanoid nightmare manifestations have sunken, black pits for eyes.

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