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'The Nightmare': EW review

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The Nightmare

type:
Movie
Current Status:
In Season
mpaa:
Unrated
runtime:
91 minutes
Limited Release Date:
06/05/15
performer:
Yatoya Toy, Siegfried Peters
director:
Rodney Ascher
genre:
Documentary

We gave it a B-

The title of Rodney Ascher’s documentary about sleep paralysis is slightly misleading. For the eight sufferers of this chilling nocturnal phenomenon he interviews for his film, their experiences go way beyond a typical bad dream. As in his previous doc, Room 237, Ascher leans too hard on hokey reenactments. And you’d think that a film about a mysterious medical condition might warrant asking a doctor or two to weigh in. Instead, the film’s scarred subjects describe the same shadowy men stalking them in their sleep. It’s all fascinating and eerie, but also a bit repetitive. B–

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