Watch: First Trailer for Creepy Sleep Paralysis Doc 'The Nightmare'

May 1, 2015

The Nightmare

"It's a kind of horror that is worse than like in the movies." One of the most terrifying films of the year won't be a horror film that Hollywood cooked up with jump scares, it will be a documentary called The Nightmare. The director of Room 237 has turned his camera on subjects who suffer from sleep paralysis, a curious ailment shared by many across the globe, all with similar supernatural horrors and phenomena. This played at Sundance earlier this year, and it's very unnerving and thought provoking. At the same time, there's something about it that feels like it builds up the potential horror for the audience a little too much.

Here's the teaser trailer for Rodney Ascher's The Nightmare, originally from Apple:

The Nightmare

The Nightmare is directed by Rodney Ascher (Roomy 237). You are very tired. The pillow is soft. It’s late at night, and you start to drift off in your bed. Snap—your body locks up, totally frozen. But you are not asleep. You can see and hear everything. That’s when the shadow men come. In this documentary film, we experience the terror that a surprisingly large number of people suffer when they find themselves trapped between the sleeping and waking worlds every night. What should be explained by science gets complicated as sufferers from random backgrounds have very similar visions. The film hits VOD & theaters June 5th.

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A documentary depicts facts. This doesn't exactly look like that.

Nash on May 1, 2015


You beat me to it. I was thinking the exact same thing. Looks cool though.

Charles Knowlton on May 1, 2015


Yeah, no problem with the actual content of the trailer, it looks kind of creepy, but a documentary? Nah...

Nash on May 2, 2015


My first thought after watching it was I hope they delve into the science of it. But it doesn't really seem like they are going that route.

ListenToVinyl on May 2, 2015


The really scary thing is that I don't always have the time to sleep enough before work. What is this nonsense? Somebody is having too much spare time ...

shiboleth on May 1, 2015


I have personally experienced night terrors and everything they described sounds very familiar. Never saw "shadow men", but certainly saw plenty of other terrifying things. All while being unable to move with my eyes open.

brando on May 1, 2015



Astroboy3000 on May 1, 2015


What is this?

DAVIDPD on May 2, 2015


Everyone has Sleep Paralysis... it stops you from flailing your arms or kicking your legs when you dream... for some people they "sort of" wake up, still under the effects of Sleep Paralysis... and still "sort of" dreaming. Since "you think" you're awake, but are unable to move... the dream goes bad. It's happened to me twice, once I was sure someone was in the room with me but couldn't move, the other time I was sure someone was in my house and I couldn't move. Both times, bang, all of a sudden I could get up and I'd rush around to find there was no one there.

Bill on May 3, 2015


I have heavy sleep paralysis. Have an appointment June 8th to see a neurologist. Plus I'm a horror movie fanatic, so I'm excited for this. 🙂

ragethorn on May 5, 2015


what a piece of crap!

hagalnigs on May 6, 2015


This is NOT a documentary, nor are the movies' producers suggesting it is. It's a movie being presented, BEHIND the wall of the silver screen, as a documentary... presumably to add a layer of the reality factor, but also adding a somewhat unique fiber to storytelling. Whoever suggested this was an actual documentary is a complete moron, an those that believed them are moronites. Those who believed the moviemakers were trying to pass it off as a documentary... well, wake the eff up.

JC8280 on Mar 6, 2016

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