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Paranormal Activity: Movie Review

Genre: Horror, Thriller
Rated: R
Directed by:
Oren Peli
Katie Featherston, Micah Sloat, Michael Bayouth
Released by: DreamWorks Pictures

In Short: A young couple discovers the existence of a paranormal being in their new home and captures the strange occurrences on film.
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A Hair-Raising Documentary-Style Thriller

Just when you thought it was safe to go back to the movies again, a paranormal phenomenon occurs. Filmed in the spirit of scary movies that are based on a true story, and recorded in a shaky-camera, documentary-style, "Paranormal Activity" brings back that long-lost, eerie fear that rocked you as a child when scary noises woke you up in the middle of the night. The film recalls the amateur-style of the "Blair Witch Project," but this time the horrific happenings aren't occurring in the dark woods that are far from the comfort of home, but rather in the sanctuaries of the protagonists' bedroom.

When young couple, Katie and Micah move in together in a quiet suburb of San Diego, strange noises and unexplainable activities begin to occur. In an effort to solve the mysterious happenings, they purchase a high-definition camera and audio equipment to capture the nightly disturbances. What they discover is an alarming string of events involving ear-splitting banging noises, heavy footsteps in the hallway, the slamming of doors, flickering of lights, shadowy profiles, and even the unmistakable fluttering of their bed sheets under which they are too scared to sleep.

Micah Sloat in Paranormal Activity Katie Featherston in Paranormal Activity

When a psychic arrives to examine the situation, Katie reveals that these occurrences have haunted her since she was a child, even divulging that a dark shadowy figure used to linger over the end of her bed at night. It is then that the psychic declares that this "thing" they are dealing with isn't innocent, but rather an unsettled spirit or what biblical tales label as a"demon;" an evil spirit intent on causing harm and mischief. Worst of all, it is something from which they cannot escape.

The natural banter between the couple adds humor, but their familiar chemistry only makes the story that much more alarming as it hits closer to home. While a few minor scenes in the film may be a little over the top or appear fake, the blood-curdling screams and sounds of a deep voice whispering throughout the house are sure to cause goose bumps. One particular scene is sure to invade your nightmares. Finally, a film that will even give horror movie junkies a run for their money and most definitely have you second-guessing the loud noises that go bump in the night!

Reviewed by Alexandra Rowinski


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