If indeed, this turns out to be an actual piece of fiction, advertised and listed as a documentary a la The Blair Witch Project , I will be the first to say that the actors involved playing the subjects all deserve high praise and recognition come awards-time. As the incubus suggests, there is a sexual element to some of these nightmares. People describe lying in bed, awake, unable to move. Along with that approach comes an overwhelming sense of evil. The most in-depth — and thus engaging — story is that of Chris portrayed in the re-enactments by Siegfried Peters. The overall effect gives the sense of a sleep disorder so overpowering that it has changed people's lives forever.
Frankly, based on the images in this film, I was expecting such reactions. The subjects are treated with dignity and their stories are really heard apparently, director Ascher has experienced sleep paralysis himself. One guy describes two figures made up of television static leaning over his crib, grinning maniacally, reaching in for him. The Nightmare is a 2015 American directed by. So on top of being entertained, I learned something too! Vor ihren Augen spielt sich ein wahrer Albtraum ab.
One guy slept with the television on and that seemed to help for a time. 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. Ascher chose his subject because it had happened to him in the past. And neither does the film. Something terrible is going to happen and the person is unable to move or to react. 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.
People describe a feeling that something is approaching, from behind them, or towards them. That said, there are undeniable times where the interviewees give accounts that suggest there is a vast other unknown realm out there into which they seem to have been given a unique perspective that makes you stop and think. There is some crossover between what is discussed here and horror cinema. You can detract a certain amount for subjectivity of experience and interpretation but it is enough to make you wonder exactly what is happening or how a highly subjective experience can seemingly be shared with others. More than answers, it offers intrigue, food for thought, fuel for debate and some honestly thrilling chills. This is a documented phenomenon in which in which those affected have woken, finding themselves unable to move and seeing disturbing shadowy figures of malevolent intent lurking over them. There are no official talking heads from the scientific community, showing us diagrams of sleep cycles or brain waves.
So it seems that the power of suggestion is also in play in these situations. Any good documentary avoids judgement. As a result of her conversion, she now makes YouTube videos decrying gay marriage and transgenderism. It runs the gamut, so the terror for the viewer is equal opportunity scary. There is no omniscient narrator, telling us what it means, or providing us with a larger perspective. They then swiftly move to another portion of the set the camera follows and is quickly re-dressed by a production assistant and then moves into the next scary scene — as another version of these shadow-y horrors. Is the condition psychological or physiological? The sense of terror is palpable.
Similarly, Forrest Borie talks how he was in the woods with a New Agey girlfriend walking ahead who claimed to see a blue figure saying that all is good and not be afraid of the other entity, before seeing the blue entity too and then turning to find one of the shadow figures behind him and realising that the blue spirit was telling him not to be afraid of the shadow figure. One guy stops telling his story and peers behind his shoulder, freaked out for a second. Regisseur Rodney Asher leidet selbst an Schlaflähmung und wirft in seinem Horror-Doku-Mix einen genaueren Blick auf das Phänomen, an welchem ungefähr sechs Prozent der Weltbevölkerung leiden. All of them speak of the intense sense of fear that came from the feeling of lying helpless and unable to move. What is unique to the sufferer is actually a common experience. Sometimes the dark figure wears a hat. Bei der Schlafparalyse wacht der Betroffene auf und kann sich nicht rühren; er steckt in einer Art Schlaf-Wach-Zustand.
And it's coming to get you. People suffer in isolation, thinking they are the only ones. With one interview subject, Ascher has placed the camera in the next room, peeking through the doorway, an abyss of blackness in between us and the subject. 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. The film shows several behind-the-scenes bits of their own re-creation filming.
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 film had its world premiere on January 26, 2015 at the and focuses on the topic of. They all look haunted and obsessed. Critical reception The film received generally positive reviews from critics. Crew Director — Rodney Ascher, Producers — Ross M.