The Nightmare Reviews

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January 30, 2020
The Nightmare is undeniably entertaining, but it's just empty calories.
October 2, 2019
The Nightmare is momentarily diverting... But it feels over-long, it doesn't have much to say in spite of the admittedly interesting subject matter, and it's unlikely non-horror fans are going to find it particularly scary.
June 3, 2019
The Nightmare obviously wants to scare people, and even though Ascher can be hit or miss on the recreations, he does have a good share of unnerving moments courtesy of his subjects.
August 23, 2018
Spooky enough, but other people's dreams are rather like other people's holiday snaps, and once you've heard one version of the tale, you have pretty much heard them all.
August 7, 2017
The Nightmare is a tremendously successful film on many levels.
January 17, 2017
The Nightmare squanders [its] subject in a shallow, messy and frustrating documentary that tends towards the pseudo-intellectual and paranoid.
February 29, 2016
Few non-fiction films pack the affective punch of The Nightmare, which seeks to turn viewers into mirror images of its terror-stricken subjects.
February 24, 2016
An intriguing feature, but one that ends up dulling your senses with repetitive talking heads and recreated scenarios.
January 2, 2016
The Nightmare is a completely singular work of documentary, unseen before to this degree of craftsmanship.
December 31, 2015
Both the re-creations and the interviews themselves are filmed for maximum spookiness.
December 18, 2015
It's compelling viewing, as well as disturbing as hell. Honestly, who needs the spectres of Insidious: Chapter 3 when our own brains are capable of scaring us half to death.
October 12, 2015
Alongside the personal struggles recounted here is that wider shift of perspective that every documentary maker longs to achieve.
October 11, 2015
Watching this overegged hybrid docu-horror investigation of sleep paralysis, I found myself fighting the urge to snooze.
October 8, 2015
Ascher should be making actual horror movies.
October 8, 2015
While Ascher brings the experiences to life in a way that could conceivably induce nightmares in casual viewers, the potency of these scenes is ultimately diminished by repetition.
October 8, 2015
An interesting if ethically dubious documentary.
October 8, 2015
Ascher makes a persuasive case that it is the physiological phenomenon of sleep paralysis that has created the nightmare tropes now commonplace in art and literature: they are recognisable, diagnosable symptoms.
October 5, 2015
The experiences and stories - which have all been gathered from the US and UK - are extremely similar and, while initially frightening, the effect is quickly eroded by repetition.
October 5, 2015
While there is a well-maintained sense of lurking discomfort, the gotcha scenes feel a little cheap.
September 10, 2015
Part talking head film, part Crimewatch dramatisation, The Nightmare is certainly effective.
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