The Nightmare

A documentary THAT takes a look at a frightening condition PLAGUING thousands: sleep paralysis.


about the film:

the film explores the stories of Eight people who experience sleep paralysis, a condition which leaves them unable to move, speak or react.

  • Director Rodney Ascher
  • Director of Photography Bridger Neilson
  • Editor Saul Herckis
  • Composer Jonathan Snipes
  • Producers Ross M. Dinerstein, Glen Zipper & Tim Kirk

Language: English

Genre: documentary / Psychological HORROR 

Running time: 90 minutes

documentary FILM - 2015


In "The Nightmare," he leads us into that other-world of terror where the darkness is alive. And it moves on its own. And it's coming to get you. 

- Roger Ebert

The Nightmare is a tremendously successful film on many levels. It’s unique and artistic, as with the aforementioned self-consciousness, plus a moody score by Jonathan Snipes and floating, dreamlike cinematography by Bridger Neilson. Ascher manages to impart some truly unforgettable images.

- Hammer to Nail

This is perhaps one of the scariest movies I’ve ever seen...The Nightmare is a completely singular work of documentary, unseen before to this degree of craftsmanship. The images in this film are more frightening than anything you’ll see in modern horror films, and I guarantee this one will stay with you a lot longer.

- Nerdist