Oculus Director's New Horror Movie Somnia Set For Cinema Release

Ben Bussey
·UK Movies Writer

'Somnia,' the next film from 'Oculus' director Mike Flanagan, has been lined up for a theatrical release in the US.

Deadline report that Relativity have scheduled ‘Somnia’ to hit screens stateside on 8 May, where it will go up against an as-yet untitled Warner Bros comedy starring Reese Witherspoon and Sofia Vergara.

No UK release date has been announced yet, but we assume it’s only a matter of time there.

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'Oculus' wasn't the biggest hit commercially on release in 2014 (though a $44 million worldwide gross from a $5 million production budget certainly isn't bad), but it was well received critically, gave Karen Gillan her first US leading role, and it clearly earmarked Mike Flanagan - previously responsible for distinctly above-average microbudget indie horror 'Absentia' - as a director worth keeping an eye on.

Not too much is known about ‘Somnia’ just yet; no trailers or images have been released to date, but we do know it stars Kate Bosworth and Thomas Jane, and centres on “an orphaned child whose dreams - and nightmares - manifest physically as he sleeps.”

The film has been rated PG-13 in the US for “violent content and terror including disturbing images.” Some horror fans may be disappointed to hear that, though if ‘Somnia’ carries on in the spirit of Flanagan’s existing work it will be more about atmosphere and suspense than graphic, grisly content.

Other prospective films on Flanagan’s slate include an original fantasy horror entitled ‘Diver,’ and an adaptation of Stephen King’s novel ‘Gerald’s Game.’

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