First Trailer for Sleep Paralysis Doc THE NIGHTMARE

Rodney Ascher Documentary

Let’s switch to the horror-doc mode this time. The official trailer for The Nightmare, the new documentary from Room 237 director Rodney Ascher, is here and it looks like it will send chills down your spine.

The film that will freak you the hell out explores the phenomena of sleep paralysis, a state between sleep and wakefulness in which people regain consciousness but are unable to move or cry out.

This condition is accompanied by physical sensations like a whispering in their ear and visions of something menacing in the room. Ascher explores the subject from a personal angle rather than scientific. This doesn’t exactly look like that but anyway looks horrifying. You can check it out below.

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.

Following his exploration on the deep effects of cinema in his feature Room 237, director Rodney Ascher now investigates the phenomenon of sleep paralysis. In this documentary-horror 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 Nightmare enhances the stories with eerie dramatizations of what (and who) the subjects see. Ascher, who has also experienced the condition, treats the subject with respect, combining a primal horror movie with an existential terror in the lines between reality and the imagination.

Rodney Ascher Documentary

The Nightmare played at both Sundance and SXSW and will open on June 5th in theaters and VOD.