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Der Nachtmahr

A well to do party girl encounters a monster. Nobody believes her, then others start seeing the “Nachtmahr” too. A trippy, spirited, low-budget debut picture.


The bass drones, the party lights flicker, the view is limited, the hormones mix with MDMA. The film begins like a drug trip – the effect works. A party in the forest, everyone still goes to school, cell phone videos and chemical drugs circulate. The camera is unleashed. Intoxicating – for viewers as well as the protagonist, Tina, played by Carolyn Genzkow, who is great. A jump in the pool, powder in the mouth, then the euphoria turns into paranoia. A figure in the forest, a change in mood, a car accident – whoosh – everything is different, everything begins.
A lot of euphoria, not much of a budget, and a small monster figure were the points of origin for the feature-length debut of director AKIZ. The film starts breathlessly and continues in that vein. The “nightmare” creature makes an appearance. At first, only to Tina, and without her being able to prove it – a naked gnome in the fridge, a human animal, an infestation during a teenager's rebellious phase. Tina needs to go to a psychologist, but her delusion takes other forms later on. The camera covers the house in wide shots, the horror sinks in, the spring breaker is dealing with paranormal activities. The film has a specific style, wants to obviously be cool and succeeds. Party girl from a good home sees a monster, nothing is explained – even the obvious things. Those dying to analyze get enough fodder: youth (in general), a middle-class prison, a drug aftermath, bulimia, teen pregnancy, near-death experiences, coming of age, and so on. People are smoking weed, snorting coke, and taking pills at every corner: there is no social realism, but the film is a physical experience. Shock moments, staged seductions, a mouth sometimes open, a hand covering the eyes in the cinema. Unusual, unfamiliar, new German horror can be included in the discourse. The film reverberates, the drugs are still working.

Toby Ashraf

Translation: Elinor Lewy


Deutschland 2015, 88 min
Genre: Drama, Horror, Mystery
Director: AKIZ
Author: AKIZ
DOP: Clemens Baumeister
Montage: AKIZ, Philipp Virus
Music: Christoph Blaser, Steffen Kahles
Distributor: Koch Media / Filmagentinnen
Cast: Kim Gordon, Arnd Klawitter, Julika Jenkins, Carolyn Genzkow, Wilson Gonzalez Ochsenknecht
FSK: 12
Release: 26.05.2016



  • OV Original version
  • OmU Original with German subtitles
  • OmeU Original with English subtitles

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