Sleep Paralysis: The ultimate horror
I’m just going to share these YouTube movie previews with minimal comment, since I have already talked here in the past about my experiences with sleep paralysis.
If you’ve never experienced it, be advised that sleep paralysis really is as thoroughly and deeply shattering as the people in these videos make it out to be. I am, however, beginning to suspect that the level of intensity may vary more dramatically from person to person than I previously thought. I know some people who have experienced it and, although they found it to be quite unpleasant while it was happening, simply brushed it off later. Perhaps they didn’t experience, or didn’t remember, the typical hypnagogic visions, and simply knew it as an experience of half-waking paralysis. Whatever the reason, for them it was nothing more than a pesky disruption in their sleep habits whose effects extended no further than the night of the episode itself, whereas for me it was — and still is, whenever it recurs — a thoroughly devastating experience whose influence leaks into the overall tenor of my waking hours and general worldview. Again, watch the videos.
(Note, by the way, that I regard The Fourth Kind as flawed but enthralling nonetheless. And the horror portrayed by the actors is entirely true to life.)