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Friday, May 1, 2015

Trailer Released For “The Nightmare” Documentary


The-Nightmare-PosterThe haunting and very familiar trailer for sleep paralysis documentary “The Nightmare” has been released. I say familiar because I have had this experience on many occasions in my past. Luckily the last one happened when I was 23, since then sleep has either been chill or nill for me. So I am into this doc. “The Nightmare” is directed by Rodney Ascher and takes on an exploration in a specific phenomenon within the field of sleep disorders. Truly something nightmares are made of…

THE NIGHTMARE’S subjects hail from different backgrounds and walks of life, but share eerily similar visions of malevolent, near-human beings that grow increasingly aggressive the longer the sleep paralysis recurs. Are these just random hallucinations or something more? Rational explanations get challenged by the similarities of the “shadow people” multiple subjects describe looming over them. Ascher, who has first hand knowledge of sleep paralysis, brings the full intensity of this experience to the screen while maintaining empathy and respect for his subjects. As the film unfolds, distinctions between the documentary and horror genres fade as do easy lines between reality and the imagination.

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