Shadow People
Ectoplasm Manifestation or Figments of the Imagination?

Shadow People
Ectoplasm Manifestation or Figments of the Imagination?

This is a special effects video made to show different forms shadow people can appear in. This is "NOT REAL" paranormal investigation footage.

Ectoplasm, Ecto-mist, Vapor or Ghostly Mist:

Ectoplasm is an apparition that appears as a mist or fog. The mist usually has a swirling motion inside it.

It can be black, white, or gray in color. Ecto-mist normally appears several feet off the ground, and can linger or move quickly at will.

It's usually seen at cemeteries, battlefields and historical sites. It's believed to be the soul of a person that has passed on. Some people believe that a spirit will appear in a vaporous state before manifesting as a full-bodied apparition.

Shadow People, Shadow Ghosts, Hat-man, or the Tall-man:

Shadow people are supernatural entities that appear as dark forms in the peripheries of people's vision and disintegrate or move between the walls when noticed.

They are commonly reported as not having a face or human features, and do not attempt to communicate. Witnesses report a feeling of dread, sometimes being paralyzed with fear.

Witnesses usually report they did not feel that they were in the presence of something that was once human.

They are described as lacking mass, appearing as a two-dimensional shadow or vaporous three-dimensional form. They sometimes have red eyes, and occasionally have been described as having dog faces.

There are two distinct types of shadow people. They can appear as a cloaked figure, or as a man wearing a 1930s fedora hat.

Shadow People & Sleep Paralysis:

Some witnesses reported seeing these entities during sleep paralysis as a dark mass lying on top of them, pressing down on their chest, or standing motionless at the foot of the bed.

Hypnagogia, also known as "waking-sleep" and is sometimes referred to as the "Old Hag" syndrome, is a physiological condition in which a person is part-way between sleeping and waking, and this can also account for such perceptions.

Shadow people have been reported to be entities that are a deep black color and can be in the form of a thick or misty cloud, but usually in the shape of a human.

Sleep paralysis may contribute to some people seeing shadow people as well as alien abductions have been suggested.

During hypnagogia, a person can be conscious and aware of their environment, but also in a dream-like state where they can perceive images from their subconscious.

People experiencing waking-sleep commonly report the sensation of lights or shadows moving around them, as well as other visual hallucinations.

A medical disorder affecting every one out of two people, which feels like pressure on the chest and makes it hard to breathe.

Most often this experience is mistaken for a demonic possession. Often the person with this disorder sees a black figure standing next to them.

A feeling of dread is also a sensation that occurs when experiencing hypnagogia. Hypnagogia is sometimes known as 'the faces in the dark phenomenon' because those who experience this state commonly report seeing faces while experiencing waking-sleep.

Similar hypotheses have been put forward linking this condition to a number of other apparent paranormal experiences, including alien abductions, paranormal nocturnal visitations, and religious experiences such as contact with angels or demons.

Sleep Paralysis

Physiologically, sleep paralysis is closely related to REM atonia, the paralysis that occurs as a natural part of REM (rapid eye movement) sleep.

Sleep paralysis occurs either when falling asleep, or when awakening.

When it occurs upon falling asleep, the person remains aware while the body shuts down for REM sleep, and it is called hypnagogic or predormital sleep paralysis.

When it occurs upon awakening, the person becomes aware before the REM cycle is complete, and it is called hypnopompic or postdormital.

The paralysis can last from several seconds to several minutes "by which the individual may experience panic symptoms".

As the correlation with REM sleep suggests, the paralysis is not entirely complete; use of EOG traces shows that eye movement is still possible during such episodes. When there is an absence of narcolepsy, sleep paralysis is referred to as isolated sleep paralysis (ISP).

In addition, the paralysis may be accompanied by terrifying hallucinations (hypnopompic or hypnagogic) and an acute sense of danger. Sleep paralysis is particularly frightening to the individual because of the vividness of such hallucinations.

The hallucinatory element to sleep paralysis makes it even more likely that someone will interpret the experience as a dream, since completely fanciful or dream-like objects may appear in the room alongside one's normal vision.

Some scientists have proposed this condition as an explanation for alien abductions and ghostly encounters.

A study by Susan Blackmore and Marcus Cox (the Blackmore-Cox study) of the University of the West of England supports the suggestion that reports of alien abductions are related to sleep paralysis rather than to temporal lobe lability.

Some authors have warned of the possible misconnection between child sexual abuse (CSA) and hypnagogic/pompic phenomena and have noted that some clients after having described such an event to a fortune teller or psychic that the psychic may have suggested CSA.

Sleep Paralysis
"Your Worst Nightmare - Supernatural Assault"

A New documentary on sleep paralysis and supernatural assault. One in five will experience the terrifying phenomenon of sleep paralysis and believe that it is some form of demon or entity.

Victims wake to find that they are paralyzed and unable to move or speak.

Many experience frightening visions of demons, shadows, or an old woman known as "The Hag." For others there is simply the unmistakable presence of evil.

In extreme cases, these potentially supernatural attacks can occur for decades. Overwhelmed, exhausted, and entirely alone, victims can lead shattered lives dominated by the fear of social stigma.

Those who seek medical advice are often misdiagnosed and labeled psychotic or schizophrenic. In "Your Worst Nightmare ~ Supernatural Assault" Soul Smack explores the surprisingly common and greatly misunderstood phenomenon of sleep paralysis.

In this ground breaking documentary, Soul Smack interviews actual victims, consults with experts, and offers advice on how to live with what might be your worst nightmare.