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If I Die Before I Wake (1998)

R | | Crime, Thriller
A suburban family is held hostage and terrorized by three intruders while their sixteen year-old daughter first hides, then exacts her own brand of terror on the assailants.

Director:

Brian Katkin

Writers:

Brian Katkin, P.J. Pettiette (story)
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Complete credited cast:
Stephanie Jones Stephanie Jones ... LoriBeth
Muse Watson ... Daryl
Michael McCleery ... T.J
Anthony Nicosia Anthony Nicosia ... Billy
Mary Kathleen Gordon ... Mother
John Gavagin John Gavagin ... Father
Kristian Hans Horn Kristian Hans Horn ... Ben
Coryanne Sennett Coryanne Sennett ... Mary
Danny Farkash Danny Farkash ... Neighbor #1
Tara Farkash Tara Farkash ... Neighbor #2
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A suburban family is held hostage and terrorized by three intruders while their sixteen year-old daughter first hides, then exacts her own brand of terror on the assailants. Written by Christopher Landry <chrisl@sonicimages.com>

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Pray for dawn See more »

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Crime | Thriller

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Rated R for strong, brutal violence including rape, unrelenting terror and strong language | See all certifications »

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Not released in Germany on DVD or Video, the movie had it's premiere in the Free-TV - cut in many places to reduce violence See more »

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To-the-point Horror film.
19 August 2002 | by ElmStreetKidSee all my reviews

This was one of the most suspenseful direct-to-video thrillers I have seen in quite a while.

The movie starts off with three intruders breaking into a house while the family sleeps and picks up wonderfully from there.

If I Die Before I Wake, was one of those films where the situation could happen to anybody and that's where it's appeal comes from. This movie centers around a teenage girl living in the house and how she deals with whats going on. Her main focus are to of course, get out of the house, keep herself and little sister hidden, and to protect her family who are meanwhile being tortured and beaten.

The movie had a great load of suspense for the first twenty minutes but then winds down as the lead character is forced with split-second decisions. However, the end sequences pick up with intensity leading to a hard-hitting climax.

The acting was especially good with the teenage girl comparable to Marilyn from the Texas Chainsaw Massacre.

There wasn't much violence or gore so don't rent this looking for a massacre. Do rent this though if you want to be thrilled and at the edge of your seat. 6/10


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English

Also Known As:

Mit der Nacht kommt der Tod See more »

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Agoura Hills, California, USA

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