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A man finds himself trapped in a nightmare with a malevolent entity.

Our Review

When you stop and think about it, the film is brilliantly executed. It’s funny and sad, sometimes within a single scene It weaves a plot out of the messy collapse of personalities of the couple.

It is well-written, well- directed, well- acted and well--produced soundtrack.

Impeccably made, the film has flawless visuals.

Emotion keep changing and they know every button is pushed to get one from completely calm to irrationally angry in a matter of seconds. But typically, there's an underlying affection between Emily and John even when they making each other crazy.

Director Biography - Alex Allen Alex Allen is a writer-director born and raised in Denver, Colorado and currently based in Los Angeles. While earning a BFA at the University of Colorado in Boulder, he gained an appreciation of experimental filmmakers such as Stan Brakhage and Maya Deren. His work often contains aspects of surrealism in their use of editing and uncanny spaces. Alex is currently directing shorts independently on micro budgets, but hopes to expand his films in scale and ambition.

Director Statement

Inspired by my own experiences with sleep paralysis, Nightmare is an attempt to depict the suffocating and trapped feeling of being half-lucid while trapped in your mind at night.


  • Alex Allen Director

  • Alex Allen Writer

  • Alina Kiseleva Producer

  • David Towne Key Cast "Oren"

  • Brice Griffin Key Cast "Shadow"


  • Project Type: Short

  • Runtime: 4 minutes 12 seconds

  • Completion Date: June 12, 2022

  • Production Budget: 1,500 USD

  • Country of Origin: United States

  • Country of Filming: United States

  • Language: English

  • Shooting Format: Digital

  • Aspect Ratio: 16:9

  • Film Color: Color

  • First-time Filmmaker: Yes

  • Student Project: No

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