So many horrors are shot as fake documentaries that a real-life documentary seems a novel idea. This hasn't stopped director from picking a genuine investigation into disturbing phenomena as his next project. The helmer of well-received alt-horror Room 237 will focus on the bizarre visions that flash through the mind of those suffering sleep paralysis, a condition that Ascher himself has experienced.
Sleep paralysis is a kind of mid-state between sleeping and waking, where hyper-realistic dreams - sometimes called 'lucid dreaming' - can take a nightmarish turn, exacerbated by the total muscle relaxation during sleep leaving the subject 'paralysed'. Although the causes and associations are scientifically documented - migraines, apnoea, anxiety - the effects can be terrifying, demonic visions.
Sounds like an awesome basis for a horror movie! I'm pretty excited about this documentary, but how do you guys feel about it?