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A look at a frightening condition that plagues thousands; sleep paralysis.
It’s night. You awake, but something isn’t right. You try to move your fingers, your legs, your toes, but you’re totally paralyzed. What’s happening? As you struggle to move, you notice something at the end of your bed. A shadow in the shadows – human-shaped. You try to scream, but you can’t. And you see two glowing eyes get closer and closer…
It’s like something out of a horror movie, too terrible to be true. But for many, it’s not only real, but a regular occurrence. It is a condition known as sleep paralysis.
“The Nightmare”, directed by Rodney Ascher, explores this condition through the eyes of eight sufferers. It has a scientific explanation, but it remains difficult to treat effectively. For those with the condition, it is often a source of extreme stress. It has also inspired countless horror stories. Ascher was inspired to make the film after his own brush with the condition 15 years prior. A perfect film for the lead up to Halloween.