10 Films That Capture the Surrealness of Sleep

From the director who brought us the wild conspiracy theories behind Stanley Kubrick’s The Shining in Room 237 comes Rodney Ascher’s new film, The Nightmare. After a bout of terrifying sleep paralysis, the filmmaker decided to document the similar experiences of several people for a surreal and eccentric journey through the subconscious. Anything can happen in a dream — and the hazy space between sleep and reality is great fodder for filmmakers. Here are just a few films that explore the subject of sleep in compelling ways.


Invasion of the Body Snatchers (1978)

Sorry, Invasion of the Body Snatchers (1956), but your 1978 sibling — directed by Philip Kaufman — makes us never want to sleep again, lest we become duplicated by aliens who want to use our emotionless doppelgängers to destroy the human race.