Shudder’s Mary Shelley Biopic ‘A Nightmare Wakes’ Gives Birth to “Frankenstein” [Trailer]

Shudder today announced the acquisition of A Nightmare Wakes from writer/director Nora Unkel.

“The sweeping psychological thriller based on Mary Shelley’s writing of Frankenstein is steeped in accurate period details but told with a modern perspective,” says the press release of the drama set to debut on February 4th, days after the 170th anniversary of Mary Shelley’s death on February 1st, 1851.

John Squires reviewed the film out of the awesome Salem Film Festival, writing that A Nightmare Wakes “offers [a] compelling new look at Frankenstein’s creation.”

In the film…

“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.

“With her Creature and Creator, Mary Shelley created science fiction as an entire genre and transfixed 1800s Europe in ways never thought possible,” said Nora Unkel. “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.”

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