Documentary filmmaker Rodney Ascher got the attention of horror fans a few years back with the release of his mind bending look at the classic Kubrick film The Shining, Room 237. The film took viewers deep into the world of fandom and the various conspiracy theories about the film. It was interesting to say the least and for his follow up film he enters the dream world to bring The Nightmare to life.
Using terrifying reenactments Ascher delves into the world of sleep paralysis. The official synopsis explains:
“THE NIGHTMARE’S subjects hail from different backgrounds and walks of life, but share eerily similar visions of malevolent, near-human beings that grow increasingly aggressive the longer the sleep paralysis recurs. Are these just random hallucinations or something more? Rational explanations get challenged by the similarities of the “shadow people” multiple subjects describe looming over them. Ascher, who has first hand knowledge of sleep paralysis, brings the full intensity of this experience to the screen while maintaining empathy and respect for his subjects. As the film unfolds, distinctions between the documentary and horror genres fade as do easy lines between reality and the imagination.”
The Nightmare screened this weekend as SXSW and news dropped today that the film has already locked distribution and will be heading our way via Gravitas Ventures, hitting the market theatrically and on VOD June 5th.