1 hour 39 minutes
R Restricted. Under 17 Requires Accompanying Adult.
Katie Featherston ... Katie
Micah Sloat ... Micah
Mark Fredrichs ... The Psychic
| Like the 1999 horror flick The Blair Witch Project, this film is another inexpensive production (costing only $11,000 to make), and like that film, everything is told from the point of view of the
home video camera. But Paranormal Activity is scarier, a lot scarier.
Micah and Katie, who have been dating for three years, live together in
a San Diego suburb and suspect that their house may be haunted. Turns
out it is, and Micah is planning to prove it with his new video camera. What that camera captures late at night, while Micah
and Katie are sound asleep (or try to be), is startling. At first, it
seems relatively harmless, as their bedroom door moves back and forth a
few inches. Micah doesn't take it seriously, even after Katie reveals
that she has a past history with hauntings.
One night, Katie is
captured standing still at the foot of her bed for two full hours with
no memory of it, and on another, she is dragged across the floor by an
unseen force. Twenty-one days pass with incidents more terrifying
than the last, until finally all hell breaks loose.
as Paranormal Activity, written and directed by Oren Pell, progresses, so does the tension and as
with The Blair Witch Project, everything is told from the point of view of the
home video camera. We see what Micah and Katie shoot, even when they
frantically point the camera in every direction in a fit of panic. But it makes sense that they would shoot
everything, since they're using the light on the camera to find their
way around their house.
Paranormal Activity is a testament to how genuinely effective and scary a movie
can be without relying on any of the the usual horror clichés. And
you're bound to feel the bone-chilling after-effects long after the
house lights come up. Although the movie may have ended, your nightmares are probably just beginning.