‘Nightmare’: Director Kjersti Helen Rasmussen Talks Sleep Paralysis Horror Film


We chat with Norwegian screenwriter and film director Kjersti Helen Rasmussen, making her first feature film as both writer and director with Norwegian horror film Nightmare, now streaming on Shudder.

In Nightmare, Mona (Eili Harboe, Thelma) and Robby (Herman Tømmeraas, Ragnarok) are a young couple in love. Robby has just landed his dream job, and they’ve scored an amazing deal on a spacious, if run-down, flat. Never mind that it requires quite a bit of renovation. Never mind the neighbors’ constant fighting, and screaming baby… Never mind that Mona is suddenly plagued by night terrors which grow more intense every time she falls asleep… Robby is eager to start a family, despite Mona’s hesitation. Eventually, Mona’s issues spiral dangerously out of control as she becomes convinced that she is being attacked by a mythical demon – the Mare – intent on possessing her unborn child.

In the interview you can watch above, we discuss how the concept for the film came about, the various themes the screenplay explores, the film’s shocking conclusion (don’t worry, no spoilers), what Kjersti has lined up for her next film, and more. Enjoy!

Nightmare is currently streaming on Shudder.