Rendering its victims motionless, sleep paralysis is a seriously scary occurrence all on its own, but throw in a sinister supernatural entity such as the one in the new movie Dead Awake, and you really have a reason to add some more coffee grounds to your daily brew. Ahead of its May 12th release, Dead Awake is teased in an unsettling new clip featuring a staircase crawl that might remind you of The Exorcist or The Grudge.

"From the creator of the iconic FINAL DESTINATION franchise comes the paralyzing thriller DEAD AWAKE. Kate Bowman (Jocelin Donahue) is a straight-laced social worker who finds herself plunged into a world of supernatural terror while investigating a series of mysterious deaths. Each victim suffered from a chilling condition known as sleep paralysis, a nightmarish assault on the senses that immobilizes its victims as they dream. As a terrifying entity begins to haunt Kate’s friends and loved ones, she must fight to stay awake to stop the nightmare she’s unleashed!"

Directed by Phillip Guzman from a screenplay by Jeffrey Reddick, Dead Awake stars Jocelin Donahue (THE HOUSE OF THE DEVIL), Lori Petty (TANK GIRL, POINT BREAK, OITNB), Jesse Bradford (BRING IT ON, ROMEO & JULIET, THE WEST WING), Jesse Borrego (CON AIR, 24), Brea Grant (DEXTER, HEROES), and James Eckhouse (THE AVENGERS, BIG).

Dead Awake comes out in theaters and on VOD beginning May 12th from FilmRise. We'll be sure to keep Daily Dead readers updated on further details about Dead Awake, and in case you missed it, check out our previous coverage of the film:

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