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Running Time:
1 hour 39 minutes

Rating: R Restricted. Under 17 Requires Accompanying Adult.

Rating Explanation:
for language.

Jimmy's Buzz Guide Review:
An excellent example of minimalist filmmaking with relatively simple special effects and a strong reliance on seriously scary suspense.

Additional Info:
Katie Featherston ... Katie
Micah Sloat ... Micah
Mark Fredrichs ... The Psychic

Paranormal Activity
Cover Image 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.

But 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.

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