If at any point in time you’ve ever dreamed that someone would make a movie that somehow combines Nightmare On Elm Street and The Ring, your dreams have just came true. The latest film from director Clive Tonge (Sunday Best) and writer Jonathan Frank (Heist); MARA is the closest approximation of combining the two universes of the aforementioned films.
The film centers on forensic psychologist, Kate Fuller (Olga Kurylenko; Vampire Academy, Oblivion) and her journey to find an explanation for a series of bizarre deaths of people who all belonged to a sleep paralysis support group lead by Dr. Ellis (Mitch Eakins; the Evil Bong trilogy). Kate is brought onto the scene of what was believed to be a homicide. A man is dead on his bed, his face distorted in a disturbing other worldly manner. His wife, Helena (Rosie Fellner; Heist, The Trip to Italy) and daughter Sophie (Mackenzie Imsand in her debut role) were both present for an extremely disturbing and unbelievable event.
Helena claims to Dr. Fuller that a demon killed her husband, Matthew, while he was in a state of sleep paralysis. The policeman Kate is working with, Detective McCarthy (Lane E. Nichols; Treme, House of Cards) obviously thinks that Helena is nuts and asks for Kate to fill out paperwork to have her committed. Kate reluctantly files the paperwork and then starts to experience sleep paralysis herself. As time goes by, Kate seems to think that there might be some truth to what Helena said after all.