In 2013, a film was made that looked into this phenomena aptly entitled Shadow People. This under-the-radar film starred the always affable Dallas Roberts (The Walking Dead) and Alison Eastwood. Roberts stars as Charlie Crowe, a radio personality who works nights and usually listens to simpletons discussing their various woes of life, resulting in him making fun of them, somewhat in the vein of Howard Stern but with a little less maliciousness. One night Charlie gets a phone call from a young man who claims that someone has been watching him. The boy is obviously scared out of his wits, but Charlie brushes it off at first. Until a day or so later he learns the boy has passed away in his sleep, forcing Charlie to confront the idea that the boy might not have been as crazy as he sounded.
Blamed on Sudden Unexpected Nocturnal Death Syndrome (SUNDS), many victims of shadow people before their untimely deaths had spoke of a presence around them - someone watching them, an entity they saw out of the corner of their eye that waited until they were almost asleep and then paralyzed them with fear, essentially scaring them to death.
Some folks have woke up from a deep sleep only to have relentless pressure on their chest, making it hard to breathe.
Whether or not you believe in shadow people, the film of the same name does boast some startling images and creepy moments. Dallas Roberts, who usually plays supporting characters, holds his own quite well here and his escalating fear of the unknown makes his paranoia palpable and weirdly engaging. The dark, shadowy sets make for some great atmosphere, and the subject matter ought to make more than one person go clamoring for their laptop to google Shadow People. Which, if we're keeping score, is a win for the makers of this film. So watch the movie, then do your research. Maybe you've already seen a dark shadow in the corner of your room - or felt an unseen force causing pressure in your chest....if that's the case, then perhaps you've already met the shadow people....