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Revisit Shelly’s FRANKENSTEIN in Shudder’s A NIGHTMARE WAKES

Revisit the making of Mary Shelley’s Frankenstein in a whole new light.



We all know the story of Frankenstein and his monster. But many of us may not know how the story came about. This is where Shudder’s A Nightmare Wakes comes into play. Directed by Nora Unkel, A Nightmare Wakes explores Shelley’s relationship with Poet Percy Shelly and the creation of her influential literary masterpiece, Frankenstein.

“With her Creature and Creator, Mary Shelley created science fiction as an entire genre and transfixed 1800s Europe in ways never thought possible. Shelley’s struggle with love, loss, abandonment by society and family, and her own sanity, had yet to be captured fully on-screen. She lived a colorful life of love, drugs, and freedom alongside some of the most celebrated artists of her day. With A Nightmare Wakes, I hope to leave Shudder members enraptured by Shelley’s chilling, intimate, and dark narrative, inspired by how much her story is, in fact, our own,” said Nora Unkel. 

The film will arrive on Shudder on February 4th, 2021. Just days after the 170th anniversary of Mary Shelley’s dearth on February 1st, 1851. Please enjoy the trailer for this sweeping psychological thriller which will show the esteemed writer in a whole new light.

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While composing her famous novel Frankenstein, Mary Shelley descends into an opium-fueled fever dream while carrying on a torrid love affair with Percy Shelley. As she writes, the characters of her novel come to life and begin to plague her relationship with Percy. Before long, she must choose between true love and her literary masterpiece.

The film stars Alix Wilton Regan, Giullian Yao Gioiello, Philippe Bowgen. As well as Lee Garrett, Claire Glassford, and Shannon Spangler. 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 and to produce A Nightmare Wakes with a majority female production crew.

We can’t wait to check this one out. You can check out more from Shudder, right here.

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