I have always been intrigued with lucid dreaming as I have myself had the pleasure of having them many times in my life thus far. If you don’t know what lucid dreaming is then let me explain simply. It’s when while dreaming something suddenly triggers an awareness that you are inside a dream. Usually if you can avoid waking by the sensation you can actively manipulate the surroundings, situations & people you encounter. It also many times grants the dreamer super powers like flying ect. I have to say once you have a lucid dream you’ll never quite be the same.
Well this brings me to a new upcoming horror film I am excited about, Romain Basset’s “Fievre” or Fever as it will be called here in the US. Much of this movie supposedly takes place in the surreal dreamworld and from what have heard so far doesn’t skimp on gore or cool creature effects. There’s a great piece on it here at Rue Morgue that’s pretty awesome. The synopsis sounds pretty interesting:
“Jessica has never dreamed in her life but has had regular nightmares, the meaning of which escaped her. This peculiarity has led her to conduct studies specializing in the psychophysiology of dreams and to follow a therapy with Sean, her mentor and boyfriend, to try and understand the origins of her nightmares.
Following the death of her maternal grandmother whom she scarcely knew, Jessica must return reluctantly to the family home. Upon her arrival, she discovers that her late grandmother is resting in the adjoining room to her own during the wake. After a rough first night made restless by a strange nightmare in which she meets her dead grandmother, Jessica suddenly becomes ill. Stuck in her bed with a high fever, the young woman decides to use her lethargic state to experience lucid dreams and thus to try and take control of her nightmares. Henceforth, on the advice of Sean, Jessica needs to breathe a little bit of ether when a crisis arises to sink deeper into the other world.
Jessica will begin to evolve in a nightmarish world, and gradually developing capabilities as a lucid dreamer, she will investigate to discover the evil that gnaws her and haunts the family house…”
This isn’t however the first time lucid dreams have been explored in cinema, the A Nightmare on Elm Street movies were all essentially based on lucid dreaming in fact the ability for the dreamers to use lucid dreaming made it possible for them to battle Freddy. Also Nolan’s Inception dealt with the topic though I felt his dream world wasn’t too impressive. So I have high hopes for “Fever” the trailer looks cool though it’s hard to get a grasp on what’s really going on, much like a dream should feel. It seems the movie has it’s own Freddy too, a creature called Horsehead to me he makes a pretty cool looking boogeyman! So keep lucid dreaming people you never know when you may have to use one to kick a nightmares ass!