A Brief History of the Shadow People


– [Narrator] It’s a small
comfort that we’re not alone in our fear of the dark or
even of our own shadows. Wherever we go, a small
bit of darkness follows us. Whether it’s a natural effect of light or something more sinister
remains uncertain. This October, on Friday the 13th, from an executive producer
of The Walking Dead and an executive producer of The X-Files comes six terrifying tales based on the podcast phenomenon, Lore. Until then, we offer you this short film inspired by the series. – The worlds of shadow and light can be very frightening for children. (thunder rumbling) I’m Dr. Michelle Golland, and
I’m a clinical psychologist. We all have a shadow. We have dark parts, we have
aggression, we have impulses that can hurt people. – [Narrator] Carl Jung
referred to the shadow as the darker parts of ourselves. The part we keep safely
hidden by our conscience mind. But for some, the shadow
is an all-together real embodiment of evil. One that goes by many names. – I think when we talk about
shadow and shadow people, we’re inherently talking
about psychology and our soul. A spiritual sense that there is something beyond the physical realm. – [Narrator] An obsession
with the shadow realm is what fueled the depraved desires of 15th century nobleman, Gilles de Rais, who lured little children
to an unthinkable doom behind the walls of his castle
and the French countryside. An avowed fan of de Rais’
perverted handiwork, Edward Paisnel, the Beast of Jersey, terrorized the Isle of
Wight from the early 1960s until his capture in 1971. Donning a rubber mask,
Paisnel broke into homes to attack 13 women and children as they lay innocently sleeping. It is the echoes of
haunting stories like these that inspired the deadly
myth of the Slenderman, a tall figure who is said
to reach through computers to beckon his victims out
of the safety of their homes and into the darkness of the woods. – It’s a vanishing story and
who hasn’t wanted to vanish? But then also, how scary if you’re taken. – [Narrator] His choice
of attire is appropriately the dark suit and tie
favored by undertakers. Though unlike his contemporaries,
to look into his face is to stare into a pale, featureless void that drives survivors to
the brink of insanity. But can these shadow people really be the physical embodiment of
evil from the world beyond? Or are they just a story we tell ourselves to cope with the darkness
that lives within us all? – We develop shadows
from the time we’re born. And it’s a defense system. The shadow people are the embodiment of these defenses that we have. – [Narrator] Our innermost
fears and twisted curiosities, it seems, will arrive at
one of two conclusions. We are the leery prey of the shadows or we stalk the prey with them.

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