The Nightmare Reviews

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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 7, 2017
The Nightmare is a tremendously successful film on many levels.
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.
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 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
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.
August 26, 2015
as 8 people are interviewed about their sleep paralysis, Ascher (himself a sufferer) also reproduces their described experiences on screen, blurring the boundaries between documentary material and vividly, often terrifyingly realised horror tropes.
July 7, 2015
Unerring in how it puts us in sufferers' positions, making us feel their terror in palpable, convulsive ways.
June 19, 2015
It takes longer for The Nightmare's larger point to emerge. When it does, it's chilling.
June 11, 2015
It just isn't as informative as it could be. It's plenty scary, and on that level satisfying. It would be great to see Ascher make a full-on horror feature.
June 10, 2015
In the faces of these men and women, ranging in age from their 20s to their 40s and spread out everywhere from Los Angeles to Manchester, you can see the genuine terror they suffered - and, in some cases, continue to suffer.
June 7, 2015
An educational viewing experience, touching on a subject that's not widely understood, sure to play best with audience members who've experienced some form of sleep paralysis.
June 6, 2015
The Nightmare doesn't settle on giving us the willies. It wants to shake us up, to actually leave us restless ... It's a cleverly manipulative piece of nonfiction.
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