Come True is a retro-styled horror about nightmares. Anthony Scott Burns directs this creepy little film with some real style, with drop-dead visuals and a throbbing synth score that are worth the price of admission.
Julia Sarah Stone plays Sarah Dunne, a troubled young runaway participating in a sleep study that might be more sinister than it seems. When she falls for researcher Jeremy (Landon Liboiro), she learns more about her disturbing dreams than she bargained for, and the figures of her nightmares begin to bleed into reality.
There’s not much to this film, but what there is is beautifully made. It uses its dated, oddly generic Canadian locations and hazy, night-time shoots to create a dreamlike, timeless feel that’s hugely amplified by music by Pilotpriest and Electric Youth. If you love the early work of David Cronenberg or John Carpenter, or if you enjoy the pacing of a Nicolas Winding Refn, this is going to be a pleasing experience for you.
Focussing on creeping dread rather than big scares, this is a horror film that’s more enjoyable than it is abrasive. Sadly, it also has one of the most obnoxiously idiotic endings we’ve ever seen. Ripped straight from the early days of online creepypasta, it does explain much of the film’s events, but it also trivialises them utterly. It says something about the quality of the preceding film that it’s barely ruined by this revelation but, good grief, what an awful idea.
If you love old-school horror, great visuals with great music and like a slow build, this is absolutely worth seeing. If you’re expecting anything particularly clever, you’re going to be disappointed. See it, but be prepared to roll your eyes just before it rolls the credits.
COME TRUE will be available On Demand March 17.