Rodney Ascher’s new documentary is all about nightmares, the real ones.
Last year, Ascher delivered the weird and mostly fascinating documentary Room 237, which peeled back the various layers of some seriously bat-shit interpretations of Stanley Kubrick’s The Shining. His new film, The Nightmare, is a documentary in which he investigates the demonic visions experienced by victims of sleep paralysis and provoked by Ascher’s own unsettling experiences with the condition.
Ascher talks up his new film, saying:
This project was a once in a lifetime opportunity to cross-breed two genres I love, documentary and horror. After exploring people’s real-life waking nightmares in long, free-flowing personal interviews, it was a bizarre trip through the looking glass to bring them to life and get lost inside of them on the set.
They released the film’s first image today of a dark figure standing over the body of a someone sleeping. That picture is at the top of this article and it’s amazing how simple, yet utterly terrifying it is. Nightmares are a wonderful thing, in that they provoke an insanely emotional response from the mind. Our brains conjure up some of the most wicked scenarios while we sleep, and Ascher’s The Nightmare will explore the worst of them. This is one to keep an eye on, folks.