Way to Die #818
Name of the death is a pun on "nightmare" and "fright"
Frightmare 2
"They say if you die in a dream,you die for real. You can only ask Alexi if it was true, but she never woke up from her...frightmare. Maybe we should ask..the dwarf."
Date June 15, 1995
Location Alexi's Apartment
Fargo, North Dakota
Episode this death
was featured in
"Death Over Easy"

"Frightmare", Way to Die #818, is the second death to be featured in "Death Over Easy", which aired on February 8, 2009.


A woman named Alexi (Tara Gerard) suffers from SUNDS, which stands for Sudden Unexpected Nocturnal Death Syndrome (aka Nightmare Syndrome), and dies in her sleep from cardiac arrhythmia, brought on by an intense nightmare about a demonic dwarf strangling her that she could not wake up from.

"She died in her sleep. Cause of death: Heart attack."


  • SUNDS is a real syndrome where many people have died from it since 1977.
  • The death, which is during nightmares, is based on the A Nightmare on Elm Street franchise with Freddy Krueger.
  • This death is one of few to not feature any interviewees

Foreign names

  • Sueño Atemorizante (Scary Dream) - Latin American dub
  • Sueños Mortales (Mortal Dreams) - Spanish dub