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Paranormal Activity (2009-Movie by Paramount Pictures)



Paranormal Activity is a 2007 American supernatural horror film written and directed by Oren Peli. The film centers on a young couple, Katie and Micah, who are haunted by a supernatural presence in their home. It is presented in the style of "found footage," from a camera set up by the couple in an attempt to photograph what is haunting them.

First off, there have been a lot of mixed reviews on this movie. Some people said it scared the crap out of them, and others laughed at it and turned it off without finishing it. Myself, I was scared crapless! I'm very gullible, so when my husband said this was based on a true story when we started watching it, I was creeped out! It was like they took my worst nightmares (and believe me, I have plenty!) and made a movie out of it.

It all depends on what scares you. If you like seeing the monsters in movies or tv shows, then this won't scare you. But if the idea of some evil spirit wandering around your house while remaining invisible freaks you out, then you really have to watch this movie. I was literally in tears and screaming throughout the majority of it. The things that happen to this couple just really scared me silly. By the end, I was so terrified that I didn't want to watch anymore, but I couldn't stop without seeing the ending.

I don't want to spoil anything for those of you who haven't watched it, but to me, it was by far the scariest thing I have ever watched. It still gives me goosebumps to think about what happened in it. I still get a catch in my voice when I try to talk about certain scenes. Even though I know how it ended. Even though I know it wasn't real. It still upsets me.

You can get Paranormal Activity online, rent it at movie rental stores, or from Netflix.

Comments

I saw this on a Sunday afternoon on DVD and expected nothing but a way to kill two hours.

It actually creeped me out pretty well and I don't creep out that easily. I didn't get to see the alternative endings though, so I have no clue how they made a sequel.
This movie had me freaked out for two weeks, just from hearing a couple of things in it. It's a movie that plays on how much you're going to think about it later.

By the time I saw it, I had the fear out of my system, and enjoyed it just for being fun to watch. The friends I went with saw it opening night, and said the audience you see it with really sets the atmosphere. In a packed theater with everyone on edge not knowing what to expect, the effect was a lot better. My viewing was a near-empty theater with college girls gasping and asking retarded questions. Not the same atmosphere.

What impressed me most was the acting. The characters were INCREDIBLY believable, albeit cheesy. I was really impressed.

The Spielberg ending was okay. I was a little surprised at the placement of the scene everyone waits for from the trailer. I dont think I ever bothered watching the original ending, but I think I liked the concept of the first two over the ending Spielberg came up with.

The thing I bitched about was that they leave so much UNEXPLAINED. I wanted to know more about the story. But PA2 went overboard in that department -- it explained things to a point that it just wasnt scary anymore, even retconning some things. Though I think it plays on the fact 75% of its audience (not me) would be heavily affected by the baby.
--Oh, #1 complaint? Micah is pronounced MY CUH not ME CUH. ME CUH IS SPELLED MIKA. I spent the entire movie thinking it was about a guy named Mika.
*raises hand* This movie creeped me out so, so bad. For me, it was totally on par with The Exorcist an The Blair Witch Project- which is to say I did a lot of pillow hugging.