Deadline have scored the very first footage fro director Rodney Ascher’s new documentary, The Nightmare. The director of the amazing, yet baffling The Shining documentary, Room 237, Ascher’s new study looks at the horrific condition known as sleep paralysis (something I have suffered myself in the past, and I can tell you it aint pleasant).
The first clip can be found below, and anyone who has suffered this will find the clip all too real, and very chilling indeed. For those who have never experienced it, you are the lucky ones!
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).
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.
A documentary-horror film exploring the phenomenon of sleep paralysis through the eyes of eight people. They (and a surprisingly large number of others) often find themselves trapped between the sleeping and awake realms, unable to move but aware of their surroundings while subject to disturbing sights and sounds.