Watch The Trailer For “The Nightmare” If You Dare…

October 20, 2015 – What could be scarier than the truth?

The Nightmare, Rodney Ascher’s documentary on sleep paralysis — a condition in which the sufferer cannot move, react or speak but their mind remains conscious and aware of things going on around them — has reviewers calling it one of the scariest movies in years.

The film is based on the experiences of eight people who suffer from the condition.  Ascher has recreated some of their incredibly frightening stories. The movie premiered to critical acclaim at the 2015 Sundance Film Festival and then was extremely well-received by both critics and audiences at SXSW Festival.

It is though that during a sleep paralysis episode, the brain “wakes up” while the body continues sleeping and is therefore not under conscious control.

In The Nightmare, Ascher, who has himself experienced sleep paralysis, shows that the condition can have a separate and extremely frightening result — while paralyzed, the sufferer may experience hallucinations and disturbing physical impressions which are often terrifying to the person going through them. And, of course, they are made more so by the sense of impotence and being trapped in one’s body.

Sufferers may also hear demonic voices and experience a sense that there is an intruder in the room — which can be terrifying to someone who is helpless and incapable of moving. Some experience a choking sensation, which is often accompanied by a sense of being assaulted or violated. It is possible that up to 8% of the general population will experience sleep paralysis at some point in their lives.

One of the film’s taglines is “Welcome to the scariest place on earth: your own bedroom.”

In Asher’s earlier documentary, Room 237,  he explored some of the interpretations people put on the classic Stanley Kubrick film The Shining, based on the book of the same name by Stephen King. Some of the views and opinions seem a bit far-fetched, but the people who believe them, and who speak for themselves during the movie, are thoroughly convinced that they have hit on a deeper meaning and a more complex interpretation of the horror film.

Watch the trailer here.

FilmRise is distributing The Nightmare on DVD and Blu-Ray.

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