The Nightmare

The Nightmare tells the story of 8 people explaining their terrifying experiences during Sleep Paralysis and what awaits for them in the darkness.

Welcome to the scariest place on earth...your mind. (BASED ON A TRUE STORY)


8. Case 8-Shadow People





I kept leaving my body. 




The Night hag. The old hag. I sat there and, like, just kind of getting annoyed. I mean, I don't even know why. It wasn't like, "This movie sucks!" I mean, it was--it was okay. And then, all of the sudden, they do like, the head shaking thing, like this weird--it was in "Jacob's Ladder," and it freaked me out. I was like, "That's exactly how it feels." And that was the first time I ever--I saw somebody represent what it feels like--or I guess, not what it feels like--what it feels like it looks to be in it, like when I'm coming out, sometimes my jaw will, like, just fucking go back and fourth real quick, or like, my head will shoot from side to side. And that's what I imagine it looks like. Even my girlfriend, she was like, you know, "Those weird head movements, that's kind of what it's like for me to watch, except not magically blurry." 

That's the Sleep Paralysis. Hey, it's got to be. 




Yeah, I had my own Sleep Paralysis episode, and, well, in that one, it sort of like a classic 3 dimensional, black shadow man who came up in the woods behind my house, leaned over my bed. And I think maybe a year or two later, I saw "Natural Born Killers." And there's a scene, and it goes by just in a flash, where that guy is like, in the opening credits, is coming through like a strange, red tunnel, cloudy vortex thing. I think it's over the credit of "Producer Aron Milchan." 


But it went by in a flash, and it must have been kind of complicated to call into existence. So I was like, "Why was that there?" and I still didn't know what Sleep Paralysis was. I didn't know anyone who had it. So I saw that and almost kind of took it as a message, like, "The people who made this film had the same experience that I did." 

(Laughs) And it's kind of like a signal to me in some--some strange, scary way. 




No, it's true. I was kind of the same as a child. It was very validating. 




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