ByMatthew Luke Brady, writer at
Hi my name is Matthew Brady and I'm a movie reviewer.

I don't like repeating myself here but for this one it looks like I have to, and that's what hurts more then pain is disappointment and that disappointment is what I had for this documentary.

The Nightmares is a documentary-horror film exploring the phenomenon of 'Sleep Paralysis' through the eyes of eight very different people. These people often find themselves trapped between the sleeping and waking worlds, totally unable to move but aware of their surroundings while being subject to frequently disturbing sights and sounds. A strange element to these visions is that despite the fact that they know nothing of one another, many see similar ghostly 'shadow men'.

Every since I sawed the teaser trailer for The Nightmare I straight away was looking forward to seeing it as it's a documentary about nightmares and people's experience with it and documentary are normally interesting with the right tone and facts. The trailer scared the living crap out of me by it's scary looking creators that these people sawed in they dream and in the documentary they re-create those nightmares and they do look scary. Now after seeing and I got to tell you that it's...the most disappointing thing since Particle Fever.

The Nightmare isn't a terrible documentary, it has it's scary and interesting scenes that will probably haunt you or get you listening more then scared. Some scenes that are really effective and that's to do with the re-creating the monsters, ghost or demons that these people dream about. I can see some people may like and find this documentary more interesting and scary and I got to admit I did in a couple of scenes. But I think most of the positive things I said sadly ends here as these such problems and a lot of things that could have been improved to make it more effective.

Now for the problems and there's a lot: The one that kept taking me out of the documentary and made me question the whole thing is the fact that when these people who experience they worse nightmares ever and in the documentary they re-create it to show you as the audience what they experience, but here's the thing every single person in the interview who talks about they nightmare it's always them laying in the bed seeing this thing hover over them or slowly opening the door and walking towards them, after a while it got old really fast and I wanted something new like if they were getting chased by the creature or anything scary then just laying in bed as these something in your room, I mean is that what people dream of laying in they beds.

The re-creation for the most part was really well done, but maybe too well done for it's own good. What I mean is that I noticed is that it's always darkly lit even when it's in a dark room you still can see everything in the room. I thought it will be more scary if it was pitch black and when you see this thing in the darkness it's more terrifying as it will put you in the same spot as this guy was experiencing it and I thought that may made it effective, but that's just me giving out ideas.

A couple of times while watching the documentary I got a bit bored and started to get uninterested at some parts, because it was the same thing over and over again delivering nothing new just the same repeated pattern used way too many times. Not even the scary dream re-creations could scare me anymore.

Overall The Nightmare was a huge disappointment and the documentary was kind of a dull mess and that's what upset's me more. Some people can watch this and maybe like it more then me and if you do like this then good for you, but for me it totally didn't live up to my expectation.


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