It holds a rating of 71% on , based on 58 reviews. There is no omniscient narrator, telling us what it means, or providing us with a larger perspective. Ascher himself had had sleep paralysis experiences beginning some fifteen years earlier and The Nightmare is a result of his discovering an online community of those who have had similar experiences and setting out to document these. For in that sleep of death what dreams may come When we have shuffled off this mortal coil Must give us pause. One woman describes being raped by a shadow figure who crawled on top of her in bed, and she was unable to move or resist. They try to draw pictures of what they saw, scribbling images out when it doesn't look right.
Freddy Krueger was the shadow man they saw in their dreams, and he wore a hat, too, as the visions often do. Connie Yom makes the claim that when the night terrors came she called the name of Jesus, despite having no knowledge of Christianity, and has never been plagued by them since — she has now become a believer and is certain that they are signs of demonic activity. The documentary focuses on people suffering from , a phenomenon where people find themselves temporarily unable to move, speak, or react to anything while they are falling asleep or awakening. The Nightmare is a 2015 American directed by. There are even some spider scares. The Nightmare was deservedly nominated for an audience award at the 2015 South by Southwest Film Festival. The film had its world premiere on January 26, 2015 at the and focuses on the topic of.
Each person interviewed has struggled to control their sleep paralysis. While there are similarities in the stories, each person has a different version of the same experience, and Ascher and his production team has worked beautifully to help bring that to life. The most in-depth — and thus engaging — story is that of Chris portrayed in the re-enactments by Siegfried Peters. Critical reception The film received generally positive reviews from critics. Everyone describes that there is a spiritual element to the experience, a tug-of-war between Good and Evil. Something terrible is going to happen and the person is unable to move or to react.
He wondered if a lot of alien abduction stories were actually sleep paralysis. What is unique to the sufferer is actually a common experience. Rodney Ascher first appeared on the public radar with the documentary 2012. The film had its world premiere on January 26, 2015 at the and focuses on the topic of. Crew Director — Rodney Ascher, Producers — Ross M.
Occasionally this paralysis will be accompanied by physical experiences or hallucinations that have the potential to terrify the individual. Ascher chose his subject because it had happened to him in the past. People suffer in isolation, thinking they are the only ones. One woman was obsessed with the architecture of The Overlook Hotel, making her own floor plans. .
There is the sense in all of this of eight individuals trying to cope with and find explanation for something utterly inexplicable that is happening to them. Bei der Schlafparalyse wacht der Betroffene auf und kann sich nicht rühren; er steckt in einer Art Schlaf-Wach-Zustand. Etwa Reales, etwas Übersinnliches oder doch nur ein böser Traum? People describe a feeling that something is approaching, from behind them, or towards them. There are no official talking heads from the scientific community, showing us diagrams of sleep cycles or brain waves. To sleep - perchance to dream: ay, there's the rub! Während Arme und Beine wie gelähmt sind und er kein Wort herausbringen kann, beschleunigt sich die Atmung und das Herz beginnt zu rasen.
There is a tingling sensation, like static, like nerve endings shorting out from overuse. And it's coming to get you. Vor ihren Augen spielt sich ein wahrer Albtraum ab. Und dann sehen viele eine Gruselgestalt oder andere Schreckensvisionen. In the film, Ascher interviews each participant and then tries to re-create their experiences on film with professional actors. Ascher himself has experienced sleep paralysis, and was struck, in his research, by how the stories all sounded the same.
Bridger Nielson's cinematography is moody and gloomy, inky-black shadows punctuated by fragile colored night-lights, blue-lit doorframes, shadowy figures moving through the blackness, across the foreground, silhouetted in doorways. Fusili's painting is phantasmagorical, but to those in the documentary, it is an accurate depiction of their reality. One guy slept with the television on and that seemed to help for a time. So it seems that the power of suggestion is also in play in these situations. Also, particularly frightening was the description of pain he endured on his genitals. There is not the usual thing you might expect in a documentary where the stories are broken up by interviews with experts, psychologists and medical doctors who explain why this is happening — Ascher simply creates a bare stage and allows the interview subjects to recount their experiences.