Mary Shelly gothic drama A Nightmare Wakes to debut on Shudder

What we’ve seen from A Nightmare Wakes which is a gothic drama based on Mary Shelly is quite fantastic and honestly better than the other film called SHELLY which came out earlier this year. Here’s the lowdown for A Nightmare Wakes.


An unsettlingly intimate portrayal of a brilliant artist at her most troubled, Shudder’s A Nightmare Wakes, written and directed by Nora Unkel, traces the tortured birth of a timeless masterwork and the rightful ascension of its creator to stand alongside her creation. The film debuts on February 4th – days after the 170th anniversary of Mary Shelley’s death on February 1st, 1851.

While composing her famous novel Frankenstein, Mary Shelley (Alix Wilton Regan, The Wife) descends into an opium-fueled fever dream while carrying on a torrid love affair with Percy Shelley (Giullian Yao Gioiello, Scream: The TV Series, Marvel’s Iron Fist). As she writes, the characters of her novel come to life and begin to plague the relationships with those closest to her as the shadow of her monster threatens to overcome her.

Shot with a majority female production crew, the sweeping psychological thriller is steeped in accurate period details but told with a modern perspective. While the filmmakers took great pains to be as historically accurate as possible in the movie’s lighting and design, they chose to cast racially diverse actors.

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