The Nightmare full movie review - Not for Everyone
It is amazing that people with the fewest stars in the rating are the ones who watch this as a horror movie, and then call it cheap, scripted, etc...
However if you are one of those people like me who have experienced sleep paralysis, it will most likely scare the hell out of you.
I was bored out of my wits late at night and went through the few minutes of over a dozen shows and movies for about an hour until I came up with this. I was not in mood for horror or documentaries but after about 5 minutes, I ended up watching until about minute 55 and had to pause as it was already 3am, and I had no intention to sleep in the case I ended up with another episode of sleep paralysis. I read until sun up and watched the rest in the afternoon..
Someone even mentioned it was scripted because someone decided to be a Christian because that's what saved them from the problem and so on, bla bla bla. I worked at halfway houses for 5 years while getting my bachelor's degree as well as my graduate degree, and I have seen there are many reasons simpler than that to take up religion, and if that person believes that it is reason enough to start believing in Christianity, then good for her. To me, she sounded sincere but then again, that is my opinion.
It doesn't solve the problem, it doesn't really do much about it other than providing basic information (some details but there actually is nothing to provide except for the field of medicine labeling this as a generic "condition" and telling people to "change their lifestyles", that it's stress induced, etc...) while it describes the personal experiences of 8 individuals afflicted with sleep paralysis which I thought was very well incorporated into the documentary. It retains each individual story while cycling through all of them based on what is being described, and it focuses just enough on each story before moving to the next one so that you don't get too little or too much of any phase before you find yourself in the next person's shoes.
For people like me who do have sleep paralysis, it is scarier than any high budget "original" horror flick mostly because you become aware of your own nightmares, and find yourself unsure as to whether just watching this will cause another episode. While some of the individuals' experiences were totally unfamiliar to my own, a few of them were almost identical to what I have been experiencing, and even though I really didn't want to be watching the whole thing (due to it freaking the hell out of me), I just kept watching in case there may be something to help me cope with my episodes better. Even though I have not found anything, it definitely helped me see that it is a more common occurrence than what I had thought (I only met 3 or 4 people in 50 years who have admitted to have experienced similar things), and got to see what others experience and how they try to cope (or not cope) with their own nightmares.
I have been in wars while being in the army for longer than I should have, I live in the middle of nowhere by myself in 50+ acres (no reception for cell phone and a 1.5mb ADSL connection which basically is what I had in the early 90's until I moved to Eugene, Oregon that had a T1 in the whole town, and my 56.6k modems in the early 90's were more reliable than this connection), and if I do go out during the day (not just at night), I have to be armed since there are quite a few cougars, jackals, the occasional bear, and 1,000+ pound moose, and I am of course afraid of all of those as without any fear, the chances are that I wouldn't live too long. I simply fear them because they are dangerous and that is the smart thing to do, yet they don't scare me. The sleep paralysis though scares the crap out of me, and even though I have been experiencing it since the mid 1980's, I am as scared of one as I was during my first experience. The only thing I can be grateful for is that I don't have episodes as often as some of the people in the documentary, and mine seem relatively simple compared to some of their versions.
If you are interested in learning about other people's experiences with sleep paralysis, I still think this is a well done documentary that is definitely not too superfluous, and that thankfully does not spend much time in the medical aspect of sleep paralysis since there is nothing medical about it other than having a medical diagnosis for it (since doctors don't even seem to have the slightest clue as to why it happens and how it can be controlled or cured, yet they had to go and label it with a diagnosis and even provide blanket statements to go with it). However if you are a sufferer of sleep paralysis, it most likely will scare the hell out of you and you may end up worrying about whether it will trigger an episode (hasn't in my case and it has been 4 days since I watched it), and it may be better not to watch it alone or after dark hehe.