It is a film experience that is seldom seen not only in German cinema: "Der Nachtmahr" ("The Nightmare") opens with the sensory overload of a wild party night, only to soon blend into a horror tale inspired by the motifs of dark romanticism. Following the excesses of that night, 17-year-old Tina encounters a bizarre being that continues to haunt her and which apparently only she can see. Since neither her friends nor her parents, who even consider committing her to a psychiatric ward, believer her, Tina isolates herself more and more – that is until the night she musters up all her courage and addresses the strange entity. Working on a shoestring budget, director AKIZ has pulled off this project, which is ostensibly a labor of love. The film's extraordinary intensity also stems from the two formidable lead performances: Carolyn Genzkow mesmerizes as a disturbed teen girl who eventually discovers her own strength, while the non-human star is a both ugly and brilliant example of classic creature effects. While offering a verisimilitude of possible meanings, "Der Nachtmahr" also is a quintessential and touching story about the pains growing up and the fears that go along with it.