The Nightmare

Synopsis: A look at a frightening condition that plagues thousands; sleep paralysis.
Director(s): Rodney Ascher
Production: Gravitas Ventures
  4 nominations.
Rotten Tomatoes:
91 min


What was that?

Me and my brother,

we'd just got out of the shower,

and he was about

two years younger than me.

And while my mom

was taking care of him

'cause he's tiny,

I was in the living room,

drying off, watching TV.

Five, four, three...

In a Miami, Florida,

courtroom today,

former Panamanian dictator,

Manuel noriega...

- hey, Chris.

- Whoever the newscaster was

starts kind of getting

my attention...

- Chris.

- Saying like, "hey, Chris. Hey, Chris."

Hey, Chris.

- And It's saying, "don't worry."

- Don't worry.

Everything's gonna be okay.

And one day, We'll be back.

It terrified me.

I remember screaming

to get my mom,

bringing her to the TV,

who now was back to doing

normal news casting,

because that's,

you know, what it was.

And her basically

explaining to me, like,

"tv's don't talk to you.

That's ridiculous."

I'm disenchanted,

because now I thought

something really cool happened,

and that's not a thing

I remember,

I know it was there.

And, you know, I was wide awake.

I had literally

just gotten out of the shower,

and it was this very

overwhelming experience for me

because now,

as a five-year-old,

I didn't know where I belonged.

Okay. Set.

So how did this start, Jeff?

Um, probably about 10 years ago.

My girlfriend at the time and I

were talking about

different paranormal stories,

and she started telling me

about how sometimes

she'd wake up

in the middle of the night,

just, like, unable

to move or breathe.

She said it felt like

there's, like,

an evil presence

in the room with her,

and they would just, like...

kind of, like, torment her.

And she would eventually

wake up,

and it'd be like

it was just a dream.

After she told me that,

I didn't really know

what to make of it.

I was like, "okay, I got

involved with some crazy girl."

And I just kind of changed

the subject,

started talking

about something else.

Then about a week later,

I laid down to go to sleep.

And just as I started

to drift off,

I felt my body

just become extremely heavy.

It was like I fell asleep,

but then woke up

at the same instant.

And my whole body

started tingling.

It just felt like

really weighted down,

like something was pulling me.

And I heard this, like, sound.

It wasn't outside of my head,

but it was just

inside of my head.

It just sounded

like a washing machine

that kind of out of balance

or something,

just banging against the wall,

and just really terrified me.

I kind of started,

like, freaking out,

and, like,

started seeing things.

And it was really bizarre.

Well, what did you see?

Um, it was kind of like...

it was kind of like...

All these different colors,

like a laser light show

or something,

like, I was like flying

through, like, a time warp.

It just had all these colors

just, like, shooting at me

in a light show.

And I found that I had

zero control over my body.

Like, no matter how hard

I tried,

I couldn't move my arms,

my legs, nothing.

And so I really started to

kind of have a panic attack

because I didn't know

what was going on.

I thought I was dead.

I thought it was like

a stroke or something.

Nothing worked.

I couldn't move.

I had no control over anything.

Finally I decided, well,

I'm just gonna try to build up

all the strength

that I have in me

just to get myself

to roll over onto my girlfriend

hoping that it wakes her up.

So it was just like

this last-ditch effort

of everything I had,

I just, like, wrenched my body.

As soon as I flipped over

on top of her, I woke up.

And I was still laying

in my original position

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