Trailer for sleep paralysis doc The Nightmare visits the scariest place in the world

Room 237 director Rodney Ascher’s new documentary, The Nightmare, is one of the more intriguing horror films releasing this year with its focus on the terrifying true stories of people who suffer from sleep paralysis. After a long and successful festival run, we finally have a trailer for the film and it’s one you won’t soon forget.

Ascher’s documentary isn’t what you’d expect; instead of digging deeper into what might cause sleep paralysis and telling us what we already know, The Nightmare instead focuses on the horrifying true stories of people who suffer from it. It’s a movie about nightmares told in a nightmarish way and it looks every bit as nerve shattering as you would think.

In The Nightmare, Ascher uses atmospheric, cinematic recreations to get the audience into the heads of everyday people suffering from “sleep paralysis”, a condition in which they regain consciousness but are unable to move or cry out for help.  Frequently they hear menacing noises and voices and even see intruders (human or otherwise) in the room with them.

Gravitas Ventures will be releasing The Nightmare on June 5th.


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16 thoughts on “Trailer for sleep paralysis doc The Nightmare visits the scariest place in the world

  1. This seems like an interesting way to shoot a documentary. The sleep paralysis thing terrifies me. I may have to check this out if I can work up the nerve. lol

    1. Haha, yeah no kidding! On one hand, I really want to see the movie, but on the other I really enjoy not having nightmares, so….

  2. I’m one of those people. For many years every Sunday night I suffered from sleep paralysis and the feel of an unknown, unseen entity scraping its claws down my back. I’m sure it was a nightmare but it seemed so real I would get up and check my back out in the bathroom mirror. I am serious about this.

  3. Now this is scary shit! I couldn’t imagine going through this for real. Will watch this!

  4. Just having a massive catch up on your page!
    I used to get sleep paralysis a lot, now not so much. I remember I would always feel like something was pressing on me, or sitting on me – sometimes just that my cat was curling up on me, so not too menacing. I think this is the physical symptom of not being able to breathe easily. But I’d also have nightmares I was drowning, and as a lucid dreamer I’d think ‘I’ll wake up soon never mind’ ….. but I couldn’t. So I’d be stuck dreaming that I was being held beneath water. Otherwise, I did have a few hallucinations lesbians wanted me to join their orgies (not quite nightmare stuff hahaha) but only once did I wake up screaming.
    Once I understood it, I stopped fearing it, and now I lull myself back to sleep, telling myself I’ll wake up properly soon. Can’t wait to watch this!

    1. That’s terrifying. It’s such a scary thing that a lot of people suffer from. I’ve heard Ascher’s doc is the real deal and every bit as scary as its subject. Can’t wait to see it!

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