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The Nightmare Review
Synopsis:A look at a frightening condition that plagues thousands; sleep paralysis.
The Nightmare (2015) is an American documentary that you will either love or dislike. The movie was an okay watch for me that scared me tremendously but is something that I will not see again. Director Rodney Ascher (Room 237 (2012), The ABCs of Death 2 (2014), Visions of Terror (2008)) did a fantastic job executing this extraordinary documentary. The movie was too dragged on, and it is a documentary so only see it if you are willing to see people talking. The scared factors were there, and Rodney did not hesitate to throw all types of horror at us.
The Nightmare was all too real, and I had had sleep paralysis happen to me years ago. Sleep Paralysis is when you wake up or feel like you are awake and cannot move at all. You cannot scream, you have no control, and you cannot move at all. You then suddenly wake up, and there is no evidence that anything you saw has occurred. Almost everyone has experienced sleep paralysis across the world in all cultures. Nearly all cultures handle sleep paralysis differently and explain it differently as well.
The Nightmare is a documentary examining the testimony of eight people who experience sleep paralysis more than others. He brings their sleep terrors/visions, creatures and nightmares to life and documents it. The eight people all have different night terrors but have a few things in common. The scary moments are horrifying and will send chills up your spine. You will be expecting the scares but will not be prepared for it because it will scare you.
I did not like the use of handheld camera in this movie and the unsteady hands holding it. I did not like the finale because almost all of the victim still experience their terrors, and only about two of them feels as though they have gotten an answer about its nature. Most of the victims did not receive the help they anticipated and are left to accept what fate has in store for them. The horror is all too real, and it makes you feel as though you have become a target. Horror fans should watch this movie at their risk and be sure to have sweet dreams, maybe. The film indicated that hearing about sleep paralysis can make a person more prone to experiencing it - that is something I do not want to experience.
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Director: Rodney Ascher