This full length Channel 4 documentary covers the topics of sleep paralysis, shadow people, demons, and general supernatural entity attacks. It includes the personal stories of several individuals who have suffered with sleep paralysis and/or have been victims of supernatural entity attacks. These attacks are often of a very physical, terrifying nature. Some of the attacks are even painful or sexual in nature. They typically occur at night (while the victim is sleeping).
The malevolent entities that are carrying out these assaults generally take the form of shadow-like figures. Some individuals have described an old woman (or “Old Hag”) and/or a man wearing a fedora hat (better known as the “Hat Man”). The old woman will sit on the victim’s chest, making it incredibly difficult for the person to breathe. The man wearing the fedora hat has often been said to “tip his hat” at the people he comes into contact with, and is occasionally wearing a business suit.
Other shadow entities have been seen wearing hoods or cloaks. Some have red eyes, and some are bald. Some appear “smoky” while others appear solid. These entities seem to dislike being seen, and light often repels them. They’ve been known to disappear into thin air, move through walls, or dart out of rooms. They also travel very quickly, and seem to “glide” rather than walk.
Some of these entities are also more aggressive than others, and will sometimes choke a victim or hold them down. The victim is completely aware of what is happening, but is also completely paralyzed and helpless. They are unable to defend themselves or scream for help. Relief only comes when the nightmarish experience is over with, and that relief is usually short-lived (due to the fact that these experiences are often reoccurring).
The origins and motives of these seemingly malevolent entities have not yet been determined. Paranormal researchers have entertained numerous theories. It has been widely suggested that these negative, shadow-like entities are lower-dimensional or inter-dimensional beings (residing within a dimension just beyond our own). These lower dimensional realms (or “shadow worlds”) are extremely dark, dismal places. They are said to be inhabited by lost souls and a variety of malicious beings.
Psychologists will, of course, first look for a “logical” explanation for the entity attacks. Most psychologists will deem the phenomenon a mass hallucination which is triggered by sleep paralysis, sleep deprivation, drugs, dreams, REM sleep hormones, mental illness, or an adverse chemical reaction in the brain. These rationalist theories are seen as absolutely ridiculous to many of those who have had firsthand encounters with these vicious entities time and time again. To the person experiencing the phenomenon, what they’re going through is as vivid and as real as anything else is in their waking life.
There are a countless number of questions that remain unanswered regarding the shadow people/entity attack phenomenon. There is one thing that is evident, however… The exact same phenomenon is being experienced by thousands (if not hundreds of thousands) of people worldwide. It is something that can no longer be swept under the rug and ignored. Much, much more research needs to be conducted in order to finally figure out exactly what is going on here.
This documentary was narrated by Bill Paterson. It was produced by Jago Lee, and directed by Mark Soldinger.
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