An interesting, unique and fantastical take on the battle with a mental illness.
I've said it before and I'll say it again, the Europeans really know how to make great, interesting cinema. There is just something about their cinematography, storytelling and characters that just seems so real and intense – Der Nachtmahr is no exception. One part a story about a mental illness, another part a monster movie and all in all a wonderfully crafted film.
It's interesting to note the disclaimer at the start of the movie in regards to the use of strobe lights and really loud in your face music and they are not kidding. The strobes can probably be a little too much for some people but I found it fine and was mesmerised by the use of the luminosity and not to mention the absolute mind fuck dance, techno sounds and it does get loud but I applaud you to turn up the volume, it's so worth it.
Der Nachtmahr it's a movie that constantly keeps you guessing as to whether the monster is real or just all in Tina's head. Kudos to director Achim Bornhak, who took a pretty simple story and made it blossom into a captivating movie. It might not be everyone's cup of coffee but if you love weird monsters, the struggle with depression, loud techno music, strobe lights and women in skimpy outfits than this movie is for you.
Written by Matthew
'Our brains are the biggest mystery on Earth, trust me.'
Der Nachtmar is based on a short film also written and directed by Achim Bornhak (Akiz)