New horror movie about sleep paralysis looks creepy AF

trending 06/07/2018

We love as a good don't-look-out-the-window, hide-under-the-covers horror movie, so it's safe to say we're looking forward to this one. 

 A new movie coming out later this year called Mara is about sleep paralysis, which is a creepy enough concept in itself. If you've never heard of it, it's when you're falling asleep or waking up and are aware of your surroundings but are unable to move or speak.

Directed by Clive Tonge, Mara is based on the ancient folklore tale of the 'night hag' - the name given to the 'presence' some people feel during sleep paralysis. 

The plot focuses on a criminal psychologist investigating a murder where a man appeared to be strangled in his sleep. The only witness is the man's daughter, who insists that Mara murdered her father. And so the investigation begins. 

It's from the same producers as Paranormal Activity and Insidious, so safe to say it's going to be creepy af.

Want to hear more about sleep paralysis to get you in the mood? Well Sleep Education has explained more about the concept for us:

"Sleep paralysis occurs when the line between sleep and wakefulness is blurred. Normally your brain paralyzes many of your muscles during the stage of rapid eye movement sleep – or REM sleep. This paralysis is called 'atonia'"

"You may experience sleep paralysis if atonia lingers as you wake up from REM sleep; it also may occur if you transition quickly from wakefulness into REM sleep."

"Sleep paralysis may occur together with hallucinations. You may imagine that you see or hear something; you even may think that someone else or something is in the room with you."

"Across cultures the strange sensation of sleep paralysis has evoked some vivid descriptions. In 1664 a Dutch physician published a case history of a woman with sleep paralysis. “The devil lay upon her and held her down,” he wrote."

"In China it has been labeled 'ghost oppression'"

Yup, creepy right?

There's no release date for the movie yet, but check out the trailer below to get your scare-fix while we wait: