This review was original published as part of my coverage of Fantasia 2020
A teenager gets more than she bargains for when she participates in a sleep study in Come True. Sarah (Julia Sarah Stone) is an 18-year-old plagued with nightmares, who decides to participate in a university sleep study headed up by Jeremy (Landon Liboiron). Things initially started off well, but Sarah’s nightmares begin to get worse and Sarah is tormented by visions of shadowy figures. She soon learns from Jeremy that there was more to the study than simply observing the subject’s sleep patterns.
Come True is a sci-fi/horror film Anthony Scott Burns (Our House), which features a plot that is highly inspired by sleep paralysis and the shadowy figures that those inflicted with the condition tend to see. The world of the film visualizes nightmares as a horrific hellscape, which fits right in place with either the Hellraiser films or the Silent Hill video game franchise.
Come True is a film that features some quite scary moments, particularly a midfilm setpiece during the sleep study, while having an overarching narrative that is more in the science fiction and fantasy realm. The film features a standout performance by Julia Sarah Stone (Honey Bee) and memorable songs from the Canadian synthpop dual Electric Youth. Even though Come True has an ending that would either make or break the film, it is still an interesting examination of the world of dreams and nightmares.