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For better or worse, Paranormal Activity delivers…

Paranormal Activity
Paramount Pictures/DreamWorks Pictures
86 minutes/Rated R

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It was 5 am and I was still awake. MSNBC’s “Morning Joe” had pundits arguing about nonsense when I finally thought, “I never should have seen that movie.” It was the first time in my life I’d thought that about a movie that was actually pretty close to cinematic genius. “Paranormal Activity,” despite the numerous comparisons, is easily better than “The Blair Witch Project.” And for the first time since being a kid, I was scared in a movie theater. Edge of my seat, emotionally frightened.

As the crowd braced themselves during the previews, it was obvious this wasn’t going to be another Hollywood torture porn film (“Saw 16” coming October 2019). It opens with a young couple investing in some video camera gear, which ends up filming the couple every night as they try to sleep. Eventually, the demon haunting Katie makes loud noises, crawls into bed with the unsuspecting couple, and takes over Katie’s body. It’s all much more mind-blowing on the screen than in text (meaning don’t just read the Wikipedia summary, wusses).

And then, with everyone in the theater truly testing just how well their deodorant works, the screen goes black, leaving everyone to finally catch their breath. Except the four people I saw leave during the film. All of it goes down in a mere hour and a half. With just $11,000, director and writer Oren Peli made a truly scary movie for those who don’t get scared. Thanks, I guess.


  1. dands8@yahoo.com
    November 13, 2009 at 8:43 am

    I was so angry by the end of it that I was speechless. Do not listen to any fake positive reviews of this movie by celebrities or otherwise. Whoever, claims this movie was good, has been paid or is playing a horrible joke on the general public.

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