Dead Awake, Phillip Guzman: Composer Marc Vanocur

Dead Awake, Film Details Phillip Guzman, Jeffrey Reddick, FilmRise. Dead Awake

Director: Phillip Guzman

Writer: Jeffrey Reddick

Release Date: May 12, 2017

Release Format: Cinemas, Video On Demand

MPAA Rating:  

Genre:  Horror, Thriller 

Running Time: 1h 39min 


The story follows Kate Bowman (Jocelin Donahue) as a straight-laced social worker who is plunged into a world of supernatural terror while investigating a series of deaths where people died in their sleep.
Before expiring, the victims all reported being paralyzed and tormented by a dark entity during their sleep. As she struggles to stay awake, the heroine must find a way to save herself and her friends from the ancient evil that stalks victims in their sleep.


Dead Awake follows a woman who is having night terrors, but when she wakes up she can’t move. She finds out that she is suffering from sleep paralysis.

Also, that she is having dreams about a mysterious figure that is strangling her in her sleep. Hence, the reason she cannot move when she awakes.

Its said Dead Awake is an ode to Wes Craven’s A Nightmare on Elm Street. You can definitely sense this parallel in the trailer. Scenes depicted in the clip are very suspenseful and intriguing. The production pays tribute without ripping off the movie itself.

Dead Awake will release on May 12, 2017, in cinemas and Video On Demand. Phillip Guzman directed this Horror, Thriller based on the script Jeffrey Reddick penned.

Film Score Marc Vanocur Dead Awake

Composer Marc Vanocur makes his score debut in Guzman’s film. With the score, Vanocur set to emulate a retro soundscape of the eighties. According to the press release:

….the sonic backdrop for the new independent film that revives the nostalgia of the decade that introduced MTV, break dancing, and the Rubik’s Cube.

An exclusive track from the soundtrack fits the movie. The track heightens that concept with a dark, rough, ambient sound. It actually has a nightmarish harmony to it, and that fits well. I can definitely hear this in the exclusive track. Phillip Guzman, Jeffrey Reddick Dead Awake

“The ‘Dead Awake’ soundtrack is a fusion between an electronic and percussive, contemporary set of music moments set against a more traditional orchestrated horror score.”

“We are primarily in the electronic world when we are awake, but when asleep and in the midst of the night hag, we transition to a string and wind version of a contemporary horror score.”

Marc Vanocur, Dead Awake Composer

“For the soundtrack we were looking for someone that understood us and could manifest our vision. Marc is an amazing musician who can play anything with any instrument, and he loves horror movies so our sentiments were right on par.”

Phillip Guzman, Dead Awake Director


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