The director of After She Wakes came up with the story after experiencing a terrifying episode of Sleep Paralysis.

This was filmed in the historic town of Julian, CA, where a lot of the outdoor scenes were filmed at night, among tarantulas, snakes and other wild animals.

Jason Zada who directed "The Forest" for Focus Features became a mentor and great friend to director David A. Clark after collaborating on frequent advertising projects. Zada ending up executive producing After She Wakes.

Director David A. Clark reached out to actress Hannah Ward after seeing her performance in Ryan Connolly's Viral horror short Ghost House and Ballistic.