- Actors: Maxwell Schneller, Yatoya Toy, Siegfried Peters
- Directors: Rodney Ascher
- Producers: Ross M. Dinerstein, Glen Zipper
- Format: NTSC
- Language: English
- Region: All Regions
- Number of discs: 1
- Rated: Not RatedUnrated
- Studio: FilmRise
- DVD Release Date: August 4, 2015
- Run Time: 90 minutes
- Average Customer Review: 133 customer reviews
- ASIN: B00YYG74C8
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #48,944 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
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From Rodney Ascher, the director of ROOM 237, comes a documentary-horror film exploring the phenomenon of 'Sleep Paralysis' through the eyes of eight very different people. These people (and a surprisingly large number of others) often find themselves trapped between the sleeping and waking worlds, totally unable to move but aware of their surroundings while being subject to frequently disturbing sights and sounds. A strange element to these visions is that despite the fact that they know nothing of one another (and had never heard of sleep paralysis before it happened to them), many see similar ghostly 'shadow men.' This is one of many reasons many people insist this is more than just a sleep disorder.
THE NIGHTMARE digs deep into not only the particulars of these eight people's uncanny experiences (through elaborate, sometimes surreal dramatizations), but it also explores their search to understand what they've gone through and how it's changed their lives. DVD includes three terrifying deleted scenes and the theatrical trailer.
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Top customer reviews
Hearing about their experiences in detail is not only interesting but also frightening. The descriptions of two instances particularly stood out for me, enough so that I find myself thinking about them from time and time. In fact, I could recount them right now (but I won't spoil them for you, should you decide to watch the film yourself). Don't get me wrong--this is by no means a great movie that you're going to run out and tell everyone they've got to see. But if you enjoy documentaries (or documentary-like films) and you're in the mood to be a bit spooked without being terrified, this will likely fit the bill. If nothing else, you learn a bit about sleep paralysis.
There are a couple of truly scary scenes. It's a great documentary, full of interviews of people who have experienced this. Some of these people have this horrible nightmarish paralysis almost every single night. If you love documentaries that are extremely well done, this will send chills up your spine.