As the first film to scare me as an adult this is a deserved 4 stars! Generally I'm often scared by video games due to the control being in my hands, thus heightening my sense of powerlessness by how inept I am at video games - sleep paralysis is a unique form of powerlessness that might strike any night. Really tapped into my repressed childhood sleep issues even if some of the visuals were kinda dorky!
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.
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.
This docu could have been great. But it isn't.The first 30 mins are ok but the movie does not go anywhere.It could and should have investigated the concept of nightmare across societies, in horror movies etc. It could and should have provided a scientific perspective.In the end it boils down to a few ppl who fight their bad dreams thanks to religion.I had to check sleep paralysis on wikipedia afterwards.Disappointing
So damn conflicted on this because on the one hand, [as someone that suffers sleep paralysis] it does capture pretty well the imagery of the experience (not the intensity, so much), but on the other, it provides ZERO scientific theory. The result, and maybe this is just a byproduct of the characters it follows, feels as though it has a subversive "turn to Christianity" message.
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'.
Coming from a person that has twice experienced the phenomenon of sleep paralysis, complete with shadowy, demonic figures and inability to move or speak, I have to say that this film hits home in a horrifyingly sore spot. I rarely rate films of this nature with five stars, but I couldn't tear my eyes away from the screen. It pulls you in and makes you feel like you'd better watch or it might happen to you after.
The reenactments are the real power behind this unusual documentary; they are unsettling and terrifying. The stories told by the victims exacerbate this terror by offering a relatable, human background to everything. After all, we've all had nightmares. This is a unique documentary and probably the scariest I've ever seen, but the director was clearly unsure of what he wanted out of this project.