One part documentary, one part horror film, The Nightmare (2015) tells the story of 8 people and what awaits them in the darkness.
Sleep paralysis is at the heart of the film. It’s a bizarre condition where people find themselves temporarily unable to move, to speak, or react to anything while they are falling asleep or awakening.
Told through the eyes of severely tormented individuals, we hear recurring stories of their encounters with “Shadow People” – these evil, shadow-like spirits who lurk in the dark and terrorize them at night. We are told of the physical attacks, such as livid pain, convulsions, suffocating, tormenting voices and feeling possessed – that they experience through sleep paralysis.
Most of the filming takes place from inside the bedrooms and living rooms of afflicted individuals. The low lighting and shadows makes their surroundings look grim and disturbing – creating a overarching sense of how their lives have been encroached by sleep paralysis.
The sinister lighting, vivid reconstructions, voice overs, visceral imagery and chilling music help fuel the eerie nightmarish feel of this film.
Brought to you by the director of Room 237, Rodney Ascher, this is a scary film that is sure to disturb.
Don’t miss The Nightmare on Wednesday 26 October 8.30pm on World Movies.