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The Nightmare

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Rodney Ascher

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About the Movie

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.

Rotten Tomatoes Movie Reviews


  • Reviews Counted: 59
  • Fresh: 42
  • Rotten: 17
  • Average Rating: 6.6/10

Top Critics' Reviews

Rotten: While "Room 237" sought evidence for its most outlandish conceits, "The Nightmare" declines to delve. As the testimonies grow repetitive, the strategy suggests willful ignorance. – Ben Kenigsberg, New York Times, Jun 4, 2015

Fresh: It's all fascinating and eerie, but also a bit repetitive. – Chris Nashawaty, Entertainment Weekly, Jun 3, 2015

Fresh: A film that reveals the probes-and-saucers narrative as an of-its-era re-skinning of an even more pervasive phenomenon, one all mental: sleep paralysis. – Alan Scherstuhl, Village Voice, Jun 2, 2015

Fresh: Less a straight doc than a psycho-cinematic inquiry into unknown territory, it's really something to see. Whether it's something to believe is another matter. – Ty Burr, Boston Globe, Jun 4, 2015

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Customer Reviews

At least the trailer was frightening

Was hoping for way more re-enactments and a lot less talking but other than that it was educational.

You'll want to leave the lights on at bedtime

The imagery is scary and will stick with you. Watch it with someone else.


If I could give this negative stars I would but I suppose the trailer deserves some merit because it was truly terrifying. This film is filled with repetitive nonsense that makes you want to fall asleep, not fear it. Don't waste your time or money. Look elsewhere for a good nighttime horror flick.

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  • $6.99
  • Genre: Horror
  • Released: 2015

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