Directed by Mike Flanagan Produced by Sam Englebardt William D. Johnson Trevor Macy Written by Mike Flanagan Jeff Howard Music by Danny Elfman The Newton Brothers Cinematography Michael Fimognari Edited by Mike Flanagan Production company Intrepid Pictures Demarest Films MICA Entertainment Distributed by Netflix Release date July 31, 2016 (Fantasia) January 5, 2018 (Netflix) Running time 97 minutes Country United States Language English Box office $4.9 million
A frightened man with a gun enters a child’s room nervously. He looks around as if expecting something to reveal itself in the shadows, when a sudden commotion makes him pull the trigger. The gunfire awakens the child and the man breaks down in tears. Later, Jessie and Mark Hobson take in a foster child, eight-year-old Cody Morgan, after their young son Sean dies from accidentally drowning in the bathtub.
On his first night, they are amazed as multicolored butterflies flutter across the living room, emitting a strong glow. Mark tries to capture a blue butterfly to show to Cody, as he likes butterflies. However, Cody wakes up and the butterflies disappear. The next day at school, he befriends a girl name Annie and antagonizes a mean student. At home, Cody asks Mark who the child in the picture is, and Mark replies that he is their dead son, Sean. Cody answers that his mom is dead, too. That night, the couple see their deceased child and try to hug him. When Cody wakes up, Sean disappears. Upon discovering Cody’s gift to make his dreams become reality, Jessie takes advantage of it. She lets Cody watch home videos of Sean and, that night, the couple once again sees their beloved child. Days later, Mark notices the addiction that his wife has found and accuses her of using Cody for his gift instead of loving him. After the argument, Mark takes down the pictures of Sean.