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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
4 nominations. See more awards »

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Credited cast:
Estrella Cristina ... Stephen's Girlfriend
Siegfried Peters ... Chris
Stephen Michael Joseph ... Shadow Man (as Steven Yvette)
Nicole Bosworth Nicole Bosworth ... Forrest's Girlfriend
Elise Robson Elise Robson ... Chris's Girlfriend
Age Wilson Age Wilson ... Homeless Man #2
Yatoya Toy Yatoya Toy ... Connies Roommate
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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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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 A Nightmare on Elm Street (1984) See more »

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This documentary about sleep paralysis could have done with a bit more science
12 November 2015 | by tech_freddySee all my reviews

This (horror-)documentary is about sleep paralysis, a phenomenon in which a person either during falling asleep or awakening, temporarily experiences an inability to move, speak, or react. A transitional state between wakefulness and sleep, characterized by muscle weakness, often accompanied by terrifying hallucinations and physical experiences. It's been a recognized part of human experience for centuries, but sleep scientists are only just beginning to understand the condition.

'Room 237' director Rodney Ascher's documentary largely eschews hard science to focus on the emotional and psychological toll. He interviews eight sufferers whose lives have been upended by repeated bouts of nocturnal panic and vivid, inescapable hallucinations.

'The Nightmare' wants to be the first properly scary documentary, employing time-honored horror movie techniques in a concerted effort to spook the viewer. But it's here that Ascher slightly oversteps himself. While there is a well-maintained sense of lurking discomfort, the gotcha scenes feel a little cheap. In the end, a straight doc might have been more rewarding, but it entertained nevertheless.


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