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166 Ratings

The Nightmare

Directed by Rodney Ascher
United States, 2015
Documentary, Horror


A documentary-horror film exploring the phenomenon of sleep paralysis through the eyes of eight people.

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The Nightmare Directed by Rodney Ascher
What initially comes across as a hokey attempt to just show people’s nightmares – and thus connect a hackneyed daisy-chain between movies and spooky interior projections – is revealed as a sincere attempt to actually articulate the subtle patterns that crop up in the minds of sufferers across the globe… Even though the task is akin to herding cats, Ascher does at least attempt to come away with a few basic conjectures…
October 08, 2015
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This is a film intended to entertain rather than inform, and though there’s nothing wrong with that, the fact that the tired and harrowed Mancunian diver doesn’t seem to realise there’s help available on the NHS is deeply troubling. Unhelpful to the afflicted then, but probably fascinating to the easy-sleeper.
October 02, 2015
The result is an unusually frightening documentary – and given the insistence of Jeff R. that sleep paralysis is a “sleep-transmitted disease” that you can contract (as he did) merely by being told about it, Ascher’s film holds out the sinister promise of triggering a new outbreak amongst its own viewers.
August 26, 2015
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