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The Nightmare

The Nightmare
  • 2015
  • US
  • 87 min
  • 15
  • Directed by: Rodney Ascher
  • Cast: Yatoya Toy, Siegfried Peters, Steven Yvette, Nicole Bosworth
  • UK release: 9 October 2015

Documentary about sleep paralysis, sufferers of which tend to have vivid and terrifying nightmares sharing common features (shadowy men, spirits etc.) The first-person testimonies are vivid enough but their very similarity makes them repetitive, and Ascher fails to offer any explanation or expert contribution, undermining what could have been a fascination exploration of the power of the mind.

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The Nightmare

5 Oct 20153 stars

Chilling but overly narrow documentary focusing on sleep paralysis

Filmmaker Rodney Ascher’s follow-up to his intriguing 2012 documentary Room 237 delves into similar psychological horror territory but, whereas that film presented an intricate interpretation of Stanley Kubrick’s take on Stephen King's fictional tale…

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