The Nightmare (2015) – Review, Rating and Synopsis

The Nightmare (2015)

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  • Release Date:  2015
  • Genre:  Documentary, Madness & Paranoia
  • Director:  Rodney Ascher
  • Cast & Crew: Estrella Cristina, Siegfried Peters, Stephen Michael Joseph, Nicole Bosworth, Elise Robson, Age Wilson, Yatoya Toy

The Nightmare (2015)Rating:

  • Raoul = 3.5 / 10;
  • IMDB = 5.8 / 10

The Nightmare (2015) Synopsis:

A documentary about sleep paralysis. The documentary relates and re-create the stories and experiences of various individuals affected by the disorder.

The Nightmare (2015) Review:

The Nightmare is basically a collection of people describing their experience of sleep paralysis. The documentary select the scariest experiences and recreate them in parallel, switching back and forth between the 6-7 people it focuses on, including a couple of really creepy stories that won’t shake off your head so easily.

Despite an attempt to break the movie into chapters – each talking about a different aspect of sleep paralysis – the movie kind of fails at “documenting”. Instead it feels like watching a ghost movie. While never stating it, the documentary is biased and clearly wants you to believe that paranormal forces are involved in the process, probably to make the all experience scarier. If you’re the kind of person who tend to believe in spirits or poltergeists or just communication with the dead, you’ll probably dig that aspect. To me, the all “paranormal” thing was a huge turn-off. Call me boring, but I was expecting to learn facts and numbers about a disease that sadly affect a lot of people, and which is already scary enough on the psychological aspect without having to mythicize it. Instead I found myself listening to a pseudo-scientific story not so far off from these cheap haunted house TV reality show on TV.

To me, The Nightmare interest was very low. It contains a couple of scary scenes, and is well-filmed, but simply lack the scientific background and facts to make it a good documentary. You could always see it as a good fake-documentary.

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