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12 June 2010
Sleep paralysis depicted in Stephen King's "Cat's Eye"
This is the scene in the movie where a troll hops up on the bed, sits on the sleeping Drew Barrymore's chest, and sucks the breath from her mouth. I have no doubt that Stephen King was depicting the phenomenon known as the "incubus" or the "old hag." The biologic basis for this parasomnia is sleep paralysis, which we don't have time to discuss right now.