The timing of the new dark sci-fi thriller Come True seems almost terrifying, with sleep experts reporting that people are experiencing increased vivid and lucid dreams during this time of pandemic quarantine and self-isolation. Filmmaker Anthony Scott Burns (Our House, the ‘Father’s Day’ segment from Holidays) looks to take us on a journey into a dream world where the line is blurred between nightmare and reality.

Evokes classic research-gone-too-far predecessors like Firestarter and Flatliners

The trailer evokes classic research-gone-too-far predecessors like Firestarter and Flatliners, when teenager Sarah (Julia Sarah Stone), suffering from insomnia and nightmares, enrolls in a sleep study. A beautiful, moody color palette weaves through scenes that leave the viewer questioning who and what can be trusted. The scientists feel simultaneously reassuring and menacing. Soon questions are raised about the true nature of their research and what part Sarah plays in it. We see a hint of a connection between Sarah and overseeing scientist Jeremy (Landon Liboiron), and are left to wonder how that might impact the outcome of the experiment.

Come True has its world premiere on August 30th as part of the upcoming Fantasia International Film Festival, running digitally August 20th through September 2nd.

High school student Sarah (Stone) is at her lowest point yet when she runs away from home and finds herself with no one to rely on and struggling with recurring nightmares. She chances upon a university sleep study that offers the promise of safety and money and brings her an unexpected friend and confidant in the overseeing scientist Jeremy (Liboiron). But there’s something curious about proceedings, and being under observation seems to make Sarah’s disturbing dreams even worse. As the darkness begins to close in, it’s soon clear that Sarah has unknowingly become the conduit to a horrifying, new discovery…