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|Laufzeit:||Ca. 87 min.|
|FSK:||From 16 years|
|Anzahl der Disc:||1|
|Sprachen:||German, English (Dolby Digital 5.1)|
Film: What a horror: At night you lie relaxed in bed and suddenly notice that you can't move anymore. In the state of this so-called sleep paralysis, one is also confronted with frightening nightmares. Whether you think you've been kidnapped by aliens or that the shadow man is suddenly standing in front of the bed, you can't escape this horror scenario. Rodney Ascher, who approached Stanley Kubrick's classic "The Shining" in a very unusual way in "Room 237", remains true to his unadjusted style in order to deal with the phenomenon of sleep paralysis in "The Nightmare". He interviewed eight affected people from different parts of the world and tried to visualize their fears and nightmares.
The result is a strange hybrid of documentary, experimental and feature film. What the affected people say here is not simply reenacted. Ascher tries to adequately visualize the fears of the protagonists. That's disturbing, a bit bulky, but in a way also fascinating. However, this also leads to the fact that the movie isn't only thematically very difficult. The classic horror is not created here by dark figures or nightmarish scenarios. What makes this film so effective is the attempt to use light effects, editing techniques and other means to make the nightmares tangible and let the viewer experience them for himself.
This only succeeds, however, if one can get involved in the very unusual narrative style. This already begins with the events of which the eight protagonists of the film tell. You have to be open to the phenomenon and believe what is told here. Only then can you, supported by the visual level of the film, begin to understand what a horror sleep paralysis is and what the people suffering from it have to go through.
Then it is also extremely interesting to hear how the interviewees sought help, what they use as a defence mechanism and whether there has been anything like an improvement for them over time. However, the most fascinating aspect of the movie only starts after its ending. For even if one is of the opinion that what one has seen was not really creepy now, the idea of being affected oneself does not let one go again so quickly. And when you then go to sleep, you are guaranteed to feel a little queasy - whether you like it or not. And this documentary horror deserves to be seen.
picture + sound: The picture on the DVD brings out the dark, hypothermic atmosphere that prevails in the bedrooms of the protagonists. The overall sharpness is on a good level and only shows some small weaknesses in the dark scenes. The colour scheme is very atmospheric and the contrasts are also convincing in many scenes. The sound is primarily determined by the dialogues, but also has many small and large sound effects to offer, which always provide a pleasant goose bump feeling and bring a little movement in the surround area. Good!
Extras: Except for a trailer show of the provider there is no bonus material on the DVD.
Fazit: "The Nightmare" is a strange mixture of documentary, experimental and feature film in the best sense of the word, which illuminates the frightening phenomenon of sleep paralysis in a frightening way and tries to make the nightmares of the protagonists visually tangible. The DVD is technically well done, but unfortunately the bonus material of the US-DVD didn't make it to Germany. No film for a mass audience, but anyone who likes unusual creepy food and experimental documentaries should take a look here. Recommended
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