The Nightmare (2015)

The Nightmare (2015)

From Rodney Ascher, the director of ROOM 237, comes a documentary-horror film exploring the phenomenon of ‘Sleep Paralysis’ through the eyes of eight very different people. These people (and a surprisingly large number of others) often find themselves trapped between the sleeping and waking worlds, totally unable to move but aware of their surroundings while being subject to frequently disturbing sights and sounds. A strange element to these visions is that despite the fact that they know nothing of one another, (and had never heard of sleep paralysis before it happened to them), many see similar ghostly ‘shadow men.’ This is one of many reasons many people insist this is more than just a sleep disorder. THE NIGHTMARE digs deep into not only the particulars of these eight people’s uncanny experiences (through elaborate, sometimes surreal dramatizations), but it also explores their search to understand what they’ve gone through and how it’s changed their lives.

Genre: Documentary

Director: Rodney Ascher

Producer: Ross M. DinersteinGlen Zipper

Writer: N/A

Cast: MAXWELL SCHNELLER (Adult “Forrest”), TREVOR LaZELLE (Baby “Forrest”), MALSCHI CASSEL (Child “Forres”), SIEGFRIED PETERS (Adult “Chris”), BRANDON BERMAN (Age 5 “Chris”), KEVIN RILEY (Age 12 “Chris”), ANNALEE CAILING (“Anna”), MICHAEL MATHIS (“Stephen”), JESSE SWATLING-HOLCOMB (“Jeff”), MADISON BLUE (“Corinne”), LONI KLARA KIM (Adult “Connie”), KAYLANEE ERICA DAVIS (Age 5 “Connie”), JOLENE ANDERSEN (“Jeff’s Girlfriend”), MICHAEL BARGOLD (“Old Man”), NICOLE BOSWORTH (“Forrest’s Girlfriend”), CLIFF CHRISTIE (“Forrest’s Dad”), ESTRELLA CRISTINA (“Stephen’s Girlfriend”), SAMUEL CRUZ (“Ticklers”), JAMEELAH EL-SHABAZZ (“Blue Shadow Woman”), BRODY FLYNN (“Danny”), ROBERT FRAULICH (“Shadow Man”), STEPHEN M. JOSEPH (“Shadow Man”), STEPHEN M. JOSEPH (“Cloak Man”), KELLY KAMINSKI (“Newscaster”), JESS LANE (“Chris’ Other Girlfriend”), ANDREA McPHERSON (“Hair Dresser”), GARRETT McSHERRY (“Redheaded Man”), ROZALIA MUZSNAI (“Chris’ Mom”), PAT O’CONNOR (“Ana’s Mom”), RONALD PILARSKI (“Stage Manager”), ELISE ROBSON (“Chris’ Girlfriend”), REGAN SENTER (“Homeless Man”), PATRICK TARNAWSKI (“Rollerblader”), YATOYA TOY (“Connie’s Roommate”), ELIZABETH VISICK (“Forrest’s Mom”), LEROY WELLINGTON (“Hat Man”), LEROY WELLINGTON (“Hood Man”), ADRIAN WILSON (“Homeless Man”), “You Know Who I Am” Men, CHARLES DAVENPORT, BERNIE FINKELSTEIN, PAUL MEIXNER, ANDREA THE TARANTULA (Insect of the Month), SUCKERS (“Black Cat”)