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Ella Cruz recounts terrifying sleep paralysis experience

Ella is a seasoned horror genre actress. She starred in the movie Darkroom and the 2018 film, Cry No Fear.

In the media conference for the Viva Films produced horror film Biyernes Santo, Ella recounted her terrifying encounter with sleep paralysis experience during her trip to Busan, South Korea.

Ella said she had recurring sleep paralysis, describing the terrifying feeling when it happens to her.

“I’ve always had sleep paralysis. Alam niyo po ‘yung feeling na nasa kama kayo tapos gising ‘yung mind ninyo. Tapos akala niyo gising din ‘yun mata ninyo,” said Ella.

She then recounted her most terrifying sleep paralysis during her trip to Busan, South Korea. To add to the terror, she was alone when it happened.

“It happened to me one time in Busan, ‘yun po ‘yung pinaka naaalala ko. First night ko na matulog dun, and first time ko na out of the country na ako lang mag-isa,” said Ella.

Afterward, Ella went into the horrific details of her sleep paralysis, in which she saw a man on the edge of her bed screaming at her and being unable to move.

“Pag-tulog ko dun sa bed, nakahiga ako tapos mayroon akong nakita sa peripheral ko na parang may nakaupo sa edge ng kama ko na lalaki. Tapos gusto kong gumalaw kasi parang kailangan kong humingi ng tulong. Pero hindi ko magalaw yung katawan ko. Humihingi ako ng saklolo, wala ring lumalabas na boses ganyan tapos parang bigla akong grinab ‘nung lalaki. Tapos biglang nagsisisigaw sa akin,” Ella recalled.

Ella continued with her story, which morphed into a full-blown nightmare. She narrated seeing her friend with an opened third eye in her dream, telling her that the man followed her to the hotel’s lobby she’s staying in.

“Tapos during sa nightmare na ‘yun, sa sleep paralysis na ‘yun nag-rosary ako nag Our Father ako. Then, parang nagising ako dun pa rin sa panaginip ko, I ran towards the lobby para humingi ng tulong.”

“Then, pagbukas ko ng elevator ko nandun yung friend ko na may third eye na nakakakita na parang sabi nya ‘friend, kaya mo ba, parang meron kang kasama.’

“Then nagising na po ako,” said Ella.

Finally, she ends her story, noting that it always happens to her whenever she’s tired.

“It happens to me a lot of times, sleep paralysis lalo na kapag pagod,” said Ella.

In addition to her sleep paralysis, Ella also unfolded she’s terrified of dolls and doesn’t want to do films with them.

“Bukod sa death, takot ako sa dolls.

“Di ko kayang gumawa ng pelikulang may manika, like Chuckie Doll, Anabelle, The Boy, ‘yung mga ganong klaseng pelikula. ‘Yung mga life-sized dolls, hindi ko kaya makakita kasi talagang nanginginig po talaga ako,” said Ella.

Ella is a seasoned horror genre actress. She starred in the movie Darkroom and the 2018 film Cry No Fear.

She joins the cast of Biyernes Santo. Directed by Pedring A. Lopez, the Viva Films produced horror movie includes a star-studded cast with Gardo Versoza, Mark Anthony Fernandez, Andrea Del Rosario, and Via Ortega.



Catch the spine-chilling ambiance of Biyernes Santo on Viva Max on March 26. Viva Max is available online at web.vivamax.net or via the app on Google Play Store.

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