Some effective moments, if you've experienced anything like what the interviewees are describing. Otherwise, the total lack of explanation (either scientific or folkloric) means we're just listening to scary bedtime stories for 90 minutes.
This remembers me so much of my childhood. I always had night terrors but was able to train myself to wake up. I know what it means to be fraid to open your eyes and afraid to close them but I cant imagine not being able to decide about it.
Interesting subject matter thats presented in a unique manner with how it is filmed,and at times pretty creepy,but it suffers from the use of laughable CGI in areas thats done in a clichéd way and it gets kinda silly when they start to veer into the direction of aliens.
The concept behind this film has a lot of potential and there are a few genuinely creepy dream sequences. Unfortunately the style, tone and cadence of the interviews keeps taking you out of the film itself. This is a classic case of show don't tell. The more the characters tell you how scary sleep paralysis is, the less you care.
Disappointing film after the director's 'Room 237' that looks at the phenomena of sleep paralysis by interviewing 8 people allegedly suffering from it and recreating their experiences with visual effects that are often quite under whelming. With the lack of medical or scientific opinion the viewer is left with just the word of the interviewees. Neither informative or scary; but made me want to rewatch 'Communion'.
Enjoyed more than Room 237 though this one suffers from a lack of a pov, and instead suffers the same affliction his previous film did; too many subjective stories stitched together under a vague thesis that is never really explored, or looked at honestly. Still, some great unsettling images, and it did make me worry I might suddenly experience sleep paralysis just from the film's suggestion!
I've suffered of sleep paralysis since i was a child, so I was really looking forward to see this.
Despite all of the potential offered by this phenomena for both documentaries and horrors, the film was a mess, jumping up and down between different stories never allowing to fully enter someone's experience. Plus the complete lack of scientific researches makes it loose any credibility from a documentary point of view
You know you’re watching an effective horror film if a mouse runs into the door of your bedroom and it almost ruins your life. While it’s going on, this movie is freaky as hell, especially because it is a thing that could really happen. The filmmaking is impressive in its ability to frighten, considering it’s a documentary, but the fear wears off almost immediately after, not lingering like better scary movies.