The Nightmare (2015 film)

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A shadowy nightmare menaces a sleeper in the documentary, The Nightmare (2015 film)....


"Welcome to the scariest place on Earth." A dramatized documentary looks at a frightening condition that plagues thousands; sleep paralysis.


  • Release Date: 2015
  • Country/Language: US, English
  • Genres/Technical: Documentary, Horror
  • Runtime: 1 hr 31 min
  • Starring: Siegfried Peters, Estrella Cristina, Yatoya Toy
  • Director: Rodney Ascher
  • Producer/Production Co: Zipper Bros Films, Highland Park Classics, New City Road
  • View Trailer: (link)


MPAA Ratings

  • Rated: (not rated) (at least a PG, for mild Profanity and mature themes)

Tentacle Ratings

A rough measure of how "Lovecraftian" the work is:

  • S____ (One Tentacle: Debateably Lovecraftian; has almost no direct connection to Lovecraft's work)

A documentary on sleep disturbances is at best only tangentially "Lovecraftian", but perhaps of peculiar interest because some of Lovecraft's most memorable monsters might have been the products of such sleep disturbances; the nightmarish accounts from victims of Sleep Paralysis would surely make great inspiration for unique "Lovecraftian" monsters....

Note: This rating is not intended as a measure of quality, merely of how closely related to Lovecraftian "Weird" fiction the work is.


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Dramatized documentary in which eight people experience sleep paralysis, a condition which leaves them unable to move, speak or react.


Comments, Trivia, Dedication

"When I was 6 or 7 I used to be tormented constantly with a peculiar type of recurrent nightmare in which a monstrous race of entities (called by me 'night-gaunts'—I don't know where I got hold of the name) used to snatch me up [and] carry me off... Undoubtedly I derived the [creatures' appearance] from the jumbled memory of Doré drawings (largely the illustrations to 'Paradise Lost') which fascinated me in waking hours."
- H.P.Lovecraft, explaining the sleep disturbance origins of his "Nightgaunt" monsters.

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