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The trailer for documentary The Nightmare will likely give you bad dreams

05.01.2015

When someone asks for a scary movie, chances are slim that anyone will recommend a documentary. But, THE NIGHTMARE may change that. Coming from ROOM 237 director Rodney Ascher, THE NIGHTMARE explores the science behind sleep paralysis. But, this is not some dry non-fiction piece but rather a film that visually explores what these people experience in waking and falling asleep.

THE NIGHTMARE’S subjects hail from different backgrounds and walks of life, but share eerily similar visions of malevolent, near-human beings that grow increasingly aggressive the longer the sleep paralysis recurs. Are these just random hallucinations or something more? Rational explanations get challenged by the similarities of the “shadow people” multiple subjects describe looming over them. Ascher, who has first hand knowledge of sleep paralysis, brings the full intensity of this experience to the screen while maintaining empathy and respect for his subjects. As the film unfolds, distinctions between the documentary and horror genres fade as do easy lines between reality and the imagination.

I was not that impressed by ROOM 237 but I did admire the atyle that Ascher brought to the film. THE NIGHTMARE looks a lot more like a traditional documentary, but he also seems to evoke some great horror movie imagery to make this look like something special. Maybe Ascher will be able to parlay this into making a narrative film gig.

THE NIGHTMARE debuts in theaters and on demand on June 5th.

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12:48PM on 05/03/2015
I've been wondering when they'd make a movie on this. I've been experiencing sleep paralysis for about 10 years now, and still remember the first time I ever had it happen to me. Typically occurs more when I'm taking mid-day naps than when sleeping throughout the night for some reason. Not being able to move (and often times, not being able to breathe) is terrifying. I've seen the shadowy figures only a couple times, but have never heard them say anything dramatic to me (the "You are going to
I've been wondering when they'd make a movie on this. I've been experiencing sleep paralysis for about 10 years now, and still remember the first time I ever had it happen to me. Typically occurs more when I'm taking mid-day naps than when sleeping throughout the night for some reason. Not being able to move (and often times, not being able to breathe) is terrifying. I've seen the shadowy figures only a couple times, but have never heard them say anything dramatic to me (the "You are going to die" line was a bit dramatic - but maybe some have actually experienced this. I can't speak for all of us). It IS terrifying though. You get as used to it as you never do - if that makes any sense. Anyway, not to sound pretentious but I really hope a bunch of little fuckin teens don't get all worked up like "yeah this totally happens to me." No it doesn't. Sit down. Stop trying to be cool.
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1:03AM on 05/02/2015
I'm game.
I'm game.
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9:22PM on 05/01/2015
Looks interesting. I'll be checking it out, I've had bouts of sleep paralysis occasionally and I can tell you, the feeling of helplessness is there. I usually just go back to sleep to get out of it, but what these people went through (if its true) I can't imagine what that was like.
Looks interesting. I'll be checking it out, I've had bouts of sleep paralysis occasionally and I can tell you, the feeling of helplessness is there. I usually just go back to sleep to get out of it, but what these people went through (if its true) I can't imagine what that was like.
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4:58PM on 05/01/2015
This looks interesting. I might have to watch it. I get a sleep paralysis episodes about once every 3 or 4 years. At my age I've learned to deal with it and know what to expect. I've researched it and know why it happens so I don't panic like when I was younger. I know you can hallucinate during an episode but fortunately it's never happened to me. The closet I've come to a hallucination was the feeling of someone poking my lower leg. I didn't see anything so I didn't freak out. But the
This looks interesting. I might have to watch it. I get a sleep paralysis episodes about once every 3 or 4 years. At my age I've learned to deal with it and know what to expect. I've researched it and know why it happens so I don't panic like when I was younger. I know you can hallucinate during an episode but fortunately it's never happened to me. The closet I've come to a hallucination was the feeling of someone poking my lower leg. I didn't see anything so I didn't freak out. But the scariest, which is the silliest, was my first. I was little and loved watching X-Files. So when sleep paralysis hit me, I thought I was being abducted by aliens. lol
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4:58PM on 05/01/2015

OMG! I'd recognize that silhouette anywhere!

I've met Hatman before and tricked him back to hell. Truly scary, terrifying shit.
I've met Hatman before and tricked him back to hell. Truly scary, terrifying shit.
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4:47PM on 05/01/2015
I went through this exact same sleep paralysis in my early 20s. I would see figures in the corner of my room. They weren't human, but short impish demon-like things. They were dark and in the shadow, but I could see their faces and toothy smiles. I was terrified by them being there, to the point that I couldn't breath. Suddenly one of them would come charging towards me and I would scream in sheer horror. When it reached my face it would turn around and walk back to the corner laughing. I would
I went through this exact same sleep paralysis in my early 20s. I would see figures in the corner of my room. They weren't human, but short impish demon-like things. They were dark and in the shadow, but I could see their faces and toothy smiles. I was terrified by them being there, to the point that I couldn't breath. Suddenly one of them would come charging towards me and I would scream in sheer horror. When it reached my face it would turn around and walk back to the corner laughing. I would then hear them all giggling. I wanted to run away, but couldn't move. Then one of them would charge at me again. This happened to me so often I was afraid to sleep.
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12:52PM on 05/03/2015
In my early 20s now. Been experiencing it since my teen years though. Your experience sounds terrifying! I can relate to your description, up until the point that they come charging out. That bit has never happened to me, but wow. That's crazy. I can definitely relate to the fear of sleep though. Once I'd finally "bust" out of the episode, I'd be out of breath and in complete fear of falling asleep again. Some cheez its and Family Guy for 30-60 min typically fixed the problem haha.
In my early 20s now. Been experiencing it since my teen years though. Your experience sounds terrifying! I can relate to your description, up until the point that they come charging out. That bit has never happened to me, but wow. That's crazy. I can definitely relate to the fear of sleep though. Once I'd finally "bust" out of the episode, I'd be out of breath and in complete fear of falling asleep again. Some cheez its and Family Guy for 30-60 min typically fixed the problem haha.
3:51PM on 05/01/2015
I get a few bouts of sleep paralysis every year. It's scary, but not that bad. Obviously some people get it much worse than I do, but I've never heard of this stuff being mentioned in this trailer.
I get a few bouts of sleep paralysis every year. It's scary, but not that bad. Obviously some people get it much worse than I do, but I've never heard of this stuff being mentioned in this trailer.
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3:21PM on 05/01/2015

Room 237

is a horrendous piece of crap, but this seems really interesting. always found the topic of sleep paralysis fascinating and swear i had it once but don't remember all the details.
is a horrendous piece of crap, but this seems really interesting. always found the topic of sleep paralysis fascinating and swear i had it once but don't remember all the details.
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3:12PM on 05/01/2015
My father used to tell me and my brothers about 2 instances where this very thing happened to him when he was around 18-24. He lived in his father's basement and one night he awoke to see a shadowy figure coming down the stairs. He called out his brothers name, who he thought it was, but next thing he knows he can't move and the shadow is on top of him and he described it like the spirit was holding him down. Eventually it released him and just disappeared. Every time I heard this story I
My father used to tell me and my brothers about 2 instances where this very thing happened to him when he was around 18-24. He lived in his father's basement and one night he awoke to see a shadowy figure coming down the stairs. He called out his brothers name, who he thought it was, but next thing he knows he can't move and the shadow is on top of him and he described it like the spirit was holding him down. Eventually it released him and just disappeared. Every time I heard this story I couldn't sleep for days.
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