The debut feature film by German Multi-disciplinary artist Achim Bornhak, aka Akiz, Der Nachtmahr is an E.T.-like creature story that is set within the rave culture of Berlin. The film begins with a very tongue-in-cheek series of disclaimers, before going right into the very bass-heavy rave music and heavy strobe lighting. This is not at all a film that is recommended for people who suffer from epilepsy or are otherwise bothered by very loud music and flashing lights.
Aside from the very heavy rave scenes in the film, Der Nachtmahr ends up being a very cute creature feature. The central creature, made up of a combination of practical puppetry and CGI, begins as somewhat repulsive, but is actually quite lovable by the end of the film. There are many possible metaphors to why Tina has encountered this creature and can feel everything it does, which in turn makes Der Nachtmahr a very unique brand of coming-of-age story.
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