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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.


Rodney Ascher
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Credited cast:
Estrella Cristina ... Stephen's Girlfriend
Siegfried Peters ... Chris
Stephen Joseph ... Shadow Man (as Steven Yvette)
Yatoya Toy ... Connies Roommate
Nicole Bosworth Nicole Bosworth ... Forrest's Girlfriend
Age Wilson Age Wilson ... Homeless Man #2
Elise Robson Elise Robson ... Chris's Girlfriend


A look at a frightening condition that plagues thousands; sleep paralysis.

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Did You Know?


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


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 »


Referenced in Alp (2017) See more »

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Part documentary, part horror movie, pretty entertaining and creepy.
19 August 2015 | by Finfrosk86See all my reviews

I am a little split on this one.. On one side, the stories, the experiences these people have had, some of them are downright chilling. 'Truth is stranger than fiction' really goes for this. You can't make this stuff up! (well, some probably could, but I doubt they have. Well, of course, it is the brain/subconscious of these people that are making it up. You know what I mean.. right?)

On the other side, though, I found it to be slightly annoying that many of these people think that there is something paranormal going on. It's not. We know what sleep paralysis is. It's all in the mind. But most of the people that are interviewed, seems to think that they are seeing demons or aliens or something of the sort.

So I was intrigued and entertained, then a little annoyed, then entertained again, and so on. Anyway!

The visuals are great. There's some really creepy stuff. These people must have been terrified. I jumped pretty good at one scene, and I was creeped out a lot of times. It's not your usual documentary, it's a horror movie AND a documentary.

It's made in a sort of playful way, and I was just entertained through out.

Funny thing: I have this thing where I wake up at night and see some kind of hallucination for a couple of seconds, then it fades out. And the night I saw this I had one of those, it was some kind of creature lying besides me, opening it's mouth, the it faded away as it kind of slowly moved away and the mouth kept opening wider. But I'm used to seeing all kinds of weird stuff, so I immediately knew what it was. I also woke up several times during the night, being kind of confused. What I'm trying to say is: it made an impact on me.

Conclusion: I liked it. Really creepy stuff.

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