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By Horror Channel, Monday 10th March 2014
Horror Channels first mobile app Night Terror is a twist on traditional sleep applications. The app harnesses mobile sleep monitoring technology to induce a real nightmare when users are most susceptible to suggestion in their dreams.
How does it work?
You place the phone next to your pillow and listen to a short horror story as you fall asleep. As soon as the phone detects a REM dream phase, subtle story-related sound effects kick in to influence the subconscious and the nightmare begins.
In the morning, or when the users are awoken by their nightmare, you can check the results – are you a Big Sissy or the Master of Terror? The individual graph reveals your chicken level and the results can be shared via social media with space for details on the Nightmare.
Five Night Terrors!
The App features 3 original stories written by UK horror writer K.R. Griffiths plus two from the Horror Channel’s movie library including Bob Clark’s Sorority House horror classic Black Christmas, and Lucio Fulci’s infamous ‘Video nasty’ House by the Cemetery.
Science of the App?
Research has revealed the last thing we think about before we fall sleep, can effect the content of our dreams  . Studies have also shown that external stimuli presented during the REM dream phase can also alter dream content . Combining these principles the Horror Channel has developed 'Night Terror' to transform your dreams into nightmares.
Channel presenter and genre expert, Emily Booth, commented: “As a horror aficionado I get a thrill from a scary dream and love dissecting my dark mind’s subconscious. I’m sure I’m not alone! This app is certainly not for the feint hearted or those of a nervous disposition, but perfect for fans in search of a thrill once the lights are out.”
“I dreamed of people close to me turning into monsters"
--- Ian from London
“...trapped in a corridor that never ended.... could never quite see what was chasing me.” ---Carl from Norwich
"...I was in a hospital after an accident and I couldn't leave” --- Duncan from London
“I definitely hear outside noises and then incorporate them into my dreams” --- Alex from Northampton
The Free app is available for iOS on the App Store and will soon be available to Android users. Go to http://bit.ly/P1oAQd to download.
WARNING. THIS APPLICATION IS DESIGNED TO INTERFERE WITH NORMAL SLEEP PATTERNS AND MAY CAUSE REAL NIGHTMARES. IT IS NOT SUITABLE FOR THOSE OF A NERVOUS DISPOSITION, ANYONE WHO HAS EXPERIENCED A TRAUMATIC EVENT, NIGHT TERRORS OR ANY SLEEP ORIENTATED DISTRESS. CONSIDER THE IMMEDIATE AND LONG-TERM EFFECTS OF EVOKING AND ENDURING A NIGHTMARE VERY CAREFULLY BEFORE USING THIS APPLICATION. STRICTLY OVER 18 ONLY.
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