In a comparable spirit he interviews people who suffer from sleep paralysis — a condition that flies under the clinical radar. People can have it all their lives without getting treatment or sympathy or understanding of any kind. The sufferer experiences an inability to move, often with vivid dreams, night terrors and hallucinatory visions: there are shadowy intruders, often with red eyes, sometimes squatting stiflingly on your chest.
Ascher makes a persuasive case that it is the physiological phenomenon of sleep paralysis that has created the nightmare tropes now commonplace in art and literature: they are recognisable, diagnosable symptoms. This condition, he says, both pre-exists and is the inspiration for scary movies such as Nightmare on Elm Street — and not the other way round. It also accounts for alien-abduction delusions. However, his film also listens sympathetically to sufferers who interpret their condition in spiritual terms.
Occasionally this paralysis will be accompanied by physical experiences or hallucinations that have the potential to terrify the individual.
In the film, Ascher interviews each participant and then tries to re-create their experiences on film with professional actors. The film entered a limited theatrical release on June 5, while also attaining an online release.
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The film received generally positive reviews from critics. Shock Till You Drop remarked on how well the film was received at Sundance where one viewer "cried in gratitude of the film", and went on to state that although Ascher did not consult any professional scientists or doctors, the documentary was still effective in inciting terror.
IGN was more negative, awarding the film a score of 3. From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia.
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