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.