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About

YEAR 2014

SECTION Park City at Midnight

COUNTRY U.S.A.

RUN TIME 90 min

You are very tired. The pillow is soft. It's late at night, and you start to drift off in your bed. Snap—your body locks up, totally frozen. But you are not asleep. You can see and hear everything. That's when the shadow men come.

Following his exploration on the deep effects of cinema in his feature Room 237, director Rodney Ascher now investigates the phenomenon of sleep paralysis. In this documentary-horror film, we experience the terror that a surprisingly large number of people suffer when they find themselves trapped between the sleeping and waking worlds every night. What should be explained by science gets complicated as sufferers from random backgrounds have very similar visions. The Nightmare enhances the stories with eerie dramatizations of what (and who) the subjects see. Ascher, who has also experienced the condition, treats the subject with respect, combining a primal horror movie with an existential terror in the lines between reality and the imagination. —M.P.

EMAIL Ross@campfire.us

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Artist Bio

Rodney Ascher is an American filmmaker. His work includes Room 237 (which debuted at the 2012 Sundance Film Festival), the short documentary The S From Hell (2010), and segments of the anthology films ABCs of Death 2 (2014) and Hot Chicks (co-directed with Syd Garon, 2006). He also edited the posthumous Andy Kaufman comedy album Andy and His Grandmother (2013).