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The Nightmare (2015)

Not Rated | | Documentary, Horror | 5 June 2015 (USA)
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A look at a frightening condition that plagues thousands; sleep paralysis.

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Rodney Ascher
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Age Wilson ... Homeless Man #2
Stephen Joseph ... Shadow Man (as Steven Yvette)
Siegfried Peters ... Chris
Yatoya Toy ... Connies Roommate
Estrella Cristina ... Stephen's Girlfriend
Elise Robson Elise Robson ... Chris's Girlfriend
Nicole Bosworth Nicole Bosworth ... Forrest's Girlfriend
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A look at a frightening condition that plagues thousands; sleep paralysis.

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Welcome to the scariest place on earth


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USA

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English

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5 June 2015 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Noćna Mora See more »

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The "shadows" in the movie are really just actors in black morph suits. See more »

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At around 1:00:10 you can see the Hungarian word for sleep paralysis as "idércnyomás", but in fact, it is "Lidércnyomás" (Lidérc - Incubus; nyomás - pressure) See more »

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Features Natural Born Killers (1994) See more »

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Compelling but Uninformative
23 October 2015 | by ethanpollockSee all my reviews

The Nightmare is a genuinely scary look into the real life experiences of people suffering with sleep paralysis. It's fascinating to hear first hand what it is that the victims are experiencing, particularly when you see how their stories overlap with shared or similar visions. The reconstructions that play also draw you into the experience yourself, so it almost plays out more like a horror film than a documentary.

Therein lies my biggest gripe about this film, it's not really an examination of the phenomenon, just a retelling of a group of peoples night terrors. At no point is there a medical or scientific point of view on the subject; all the "evidence" presented is anecdotal. Not only this, the editing almost tries to lean toward a spiritual viewpoint, which is disappointing as instead of getting to learn about this condition it tends to feel more like a religious propaganda piece, going so far as to claim that the only defence against this particular nightmare is the word "jesus".

Entertaining, but not overly useful if your hoping to learn something.


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