Paranormal Activity – Movie Review

Once in a while a movie comes along that gives me the chills. Paranormal Activity is one of those movies.

While some have said that it was based on a true account, let me start by saying that it is entirely fictional, shot in the same style as Blair Witch.

This movie may have been overhyped a little bit, but I still found it to be very creepy and effective. There were several scenes that gave me the chills.

Oren Peli did a fantastic jon with his first feature film.  I for one will be looking forward to his next movie, Area 51, which comes out in 2010.

In the leads roles are Katie Featherston, and Micah Sloat, which, oddly enough, play the characters of Katie and Micah. great supporting role too by Mark Fredrichs, who plays the visiting psychic.

While it would be unfair to tell all bout the movie, I will share some of the scenes that got to me.

1. The first really loud “thump” and door slamming shut.

2. The “thump” during the daytime when the demon scratched their picture.

3. The shadow movement on the door.

4. The fast-forwarding when Katie was just standing staring at Micah for two hours the first time and she walks out the door, I wasn’t sure if she was going to come running back in or what was going to happen.

5. The time where Micah woke up when the door was opening and the demon stomped out and slammed the door.

6. The night where the baby powder footsteps appear. When Micah follows them into the attic and finds the burnt picture of Katie, everyone freaked out. As Katie states, there’s no way that photo would be in their house, because it was lost when her house burned down. As this scene pointed out, the entity demonstrated its obsession with her.

7. When the psychic enters the house, he is so frightened that he has to leave immediately. The scene expertly created a sense of dread, tension, and an overall feeling of utter hopelessness for the main characters. After that, you pretty much knew that there was no way to stop it, and that both Micah and Katie were doomed.

8.  And finally the scene where Katie gets dragged down the hall. In my opinion, this was the most frightening scene in the entire film. It made me wonder what it would do to her had Micah not come to the rescue. The thought alone just sends chills up my spine. Brilliant piece of work, and I for one would love to see how they actually filmed that.

Without further delay, the synopsis of this brilliant movie:

A young couple suspects that their house is haunted by a malevolent entity. They set up video surveillance to capture evidence of what happens at night as they sleep. Their surveillance and home videos have been edited into the 99 minute feature film “Paranormal Activity”

***ENDING SPOILER****

The video surveillance camera shows Katie and Micah asleep on October 8th, 2006. At 1:43 AM local time, Katie sits up in bed with a start. She gets out of bed and turns to face Micah, and the blanket slides off of him onto the floor without him or Katie touching it. Katie walks over to Micah’s side of the bed and stands over him, watching him, rocking back and forth, for 90 minutes. It is just before 3:15 AM when she leaves the bedroom and we hear the sound of very heavy footsteps. Suddenly Katie begins to scream at the top off her lungs. Micah jumps up and runs out of the bedroom, yelling for her. He suddenly begins to scream as well, but all screams from both of them halt very abruptly. There are more heavy footsteps before Micah is hurled into the bedroom against the wall, knocking down the video camera. Katie is standing in the bedroom doorway, the front of her shirt covered in blood. She walks over to Micah and kneels over him, putting her face against him. After a few seconds she looks up and crawls over to the video camera, smiling into it. Just as the screen goes black, there is a hint of her face turning hideous and lunging at the camera. A title screen says that police found Micah’s body on October 11th, 2006, and that Katie’s whereabouts are still unknown. The screen then shows the movie’s copyright protections and the movie ends, without any closing credits.

If you want to get a good chill, then check out Paranormal Activity. I give this 5 out of 5!

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Posted on October 28, 2009, in Movie Reviews and tagged , , , . Bookmark the permalink. Leave a comment.

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