Rodney Ascher is a man who knows about horror having made the sensational documentary on The Shining Room 237 and the dream shatteringly scary exploration of sleep paralysis, The Nightmare. In his latest film Primal Screen he takes us on a trip back to childhood fears and phobias.
After deconstructing Kubrick’s horror masterpiece in Room 237 and making us scared to ever go to sleep again in The Nightmare Rodney Ascher returns with a journey into childhood fears and phobias -a film that may only last around 30 minutes but packs more impact than you may expect.
Starting with the insane and inventive dive into the multiple interpretations of The Shining and moving to exploring the terrifying condition that is sleep paralysis in The Nightmare, Rodney Ascher has managed to transform documentaries into a higher art form with his magnificent mussing on multiple aspects of horror and what really scares us.
Sleep paralysis is a fascinating and terrifying subject that affects a huge number of people all across the world as demonstrated by the brilliant documentary The Nightmare by Rodney Ascher which still manages to freak me out whenever I think about it.