Above you will find the first highly unsettling image from Room 237 director Rodney Ascher’s new horror documentary. Titled The Nightmare, the study is all about the traumatic sleep paralysis disorder, something which I had in my late teens and early twenties. It is a frightening, hugely unsettling problem and I am so glad I am over it now.
Production wrapped on the documentary last week, and to celebrate, the first image and a press release have been revealed.
The Press Release:
Production wrapped last week in Los Angeles on THE NIGHTMARE – the latest film from acclaimed director Rodney Ascher (ROOM 237) and Content.
THE NIGHTMARE follows the disturbing investigation into the demonic visions experienced by victims of sleep paralysis and provoked by Ascher’s own unsettling experiences with the condition.
The horror documentary is produced by Ross M. Dinerstein (THE PACT, THE DIVIDE) and Glen Zipper – producer of the Academy Award® winning film UNDEFEATED. The film is executive produced by Content Film President Jamie Carmichael (THE PACT, BLACK BOOK) and co-produced by Tim Kirk (ROOM 237).
Content is handling worldwide sales on THE NIGHTMARE and working with Preferred Content on North American sales. A teaser is being shown in Toronto during TIFF. The film has already been pre-sold to the UK (Altitude) and France (The Jokers Films).
Director Rodney Ascher said: “This project was a once in a lifetime opportunity to cross-breed two genres I love, documentary and horror. After exploring people’s real-life waking nightmares in long, free-flowing personal interviews, it was a bizarre trip through the looking glass to bring them to life and get lost inside of them on the set.”
THE NIGHTMARE follows Ascher’s hit Kubrick analysis feature ROOM 237, which premiered at Sundance, screened in Cannes’ Director’s Fortnight, and won the Best Director (Documentary) prize at the Austin Fantastic Fest and IDA’s Creative Editing award. It was repeatedly listed as one of the must-see documentaries of the year.