Between directing “The Shining” conspiracy documentary “Room 237” and a segment for the horror anthology sequel “The ABCs of Death 2,” it’s clear director Rodney Ascher has a special place in his heart for all things terror. The director’s latest project, “The Nightmare,” is his scariest effort yet as he explores the real-life nightmares of subjects who suffer from sleep paralysis. The film had a successful premiere at the Sundance Film Festival earlier this year.
Interviewing eight adults who suffer from sleep paralysis and resulting night terrors, Ascher explores his subjects’ terrifying semi-conscious states while also recreating their horrific dreamscapes for the viewer to witness. The result is a unique non-fiction experience that holds its own against the hits of the horror fiction genre. If the debut trailer for “The Nightmare” makes anything clear, it’s to definitely avoid seeing it alone.
Gravitas Ventures will release “The Nightmare” in select theaters and On Demand platforms beginning June 5.