Der Nachtmahr (2015 film)

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Der Nachtmahr (2015 film), AKA "The Nightmare"


After attending a rave party, a teenage girl forms a bond with a strange monster as she suffers a slow chaotic mental breakdown.


  • Release Date: 2015
  • Country/Language: Germany, German
  • Genres/Technical: Drama, Mystery, Horror (psychological horror, body horror), Foreign Language
  • Setting: Modern urban Germany
  • Runtime: 1 hr 32 min
  • Starring: Carolyn Genzkow, Sina Tkotsch, Wilson Gonzalez
  • Director: Akiz
  • Writer: Akiz
  • Producer/Production Co: OOO-Films, Bon Voyage Films, Liga_01 Computerfilm
  • View Trailer: (link)
  • IMDB Page: (link)


MPAA Ratings

  • Rated: not rated (perhaps equivalent to PG-13 for mild adult content)

At worst, contains some mild adult content and perhaps some mild profanity, and it's apparently not intended to be very scary, but younger or sensitive viewers may find the creature upsetting (a few viewers might find it kind of ugly-cute like E.T. or the Ghoulies: your mileage might vary).

Tentacle Ratings

A rough measure of how "Lovecraftian" the work is:

  • S____ (One Tentacle: Debateably Lovecraftian; has almost no direct connection to Lovecraft's work)

Not especially Lovecraftian, especially if taken as a subtextual parable about an immature, sensitive and unstable young woman coming to terms with an unwanted pregnancy or whatever the film was aiming for, but there is perhaps some potential Gothic or "cosmic" material in there if you take the film at its face value as the story of a young woman who finds herself attached to a mysterious, child-like monster that follows her home from a rave and which nobody else (at first) seems to be able to see.

Note: This rating is not intended as a measure of quality, merely of how closely related to Lovecraftian "Weird" fiction the work is.


Review Links:

  • Y.Whateley - 3/5 A standard-issue European avant-garde type film starts out featuring what seems like the Kafkaesque (compare to "The Metamorphosis") horror/angst premise of a young woman who discovers a bizarre, child-like, creepy-cute monster has followed her home from a rave, but then shifts in tone half-way in a way that seems to suggest the story is actually a metaphor for something completely different (I guess teen pregnancy) as the woman becomes attached to the monster while her friends and family, now able to see the creature as well, find it inconvenient and embarrassing; your enjoyment of this film will no doubt vary depending on how well that sort of weird European art-cinema thing appeals to you (American audiences, especially those expecting a "creature feature" horror film, may find the shift in tone away from horror towards metaphorical family/psychological drama jarring and perhaps vaguely pretentious....)

Synopsis (SPOILERS)

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After attending a rave party, a teenage girl forms a bond with a strange monster as she suffers a slow chaotic mental breakdown.


Comments, Trivia, Dedication

Associated Mythos Elements

Keeper Notes

  • Desperate parents contact the investigators for help after their daughter runs away from home; interviews with the parents and the girl's friends, as well as other evidence supplied by a local hospital and police, begins pointing at some strange family secrets, including the fact that the girl had been reporting seeing a strange monster shortly before her disappearance....