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Paranormal Activity – Review

By: By: Shekhar H Hooli
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Hollywood movie Paranormal Activity is a supernatural thriller and has been made with a budget of $15,000. It has been getting rave reviews from many critics. Earlier, the movie had failed to get a distribution deal after screening at the Slamdance Festival in 2007. Now the word of mouth has encouraged the makers to promote it again.

Paranormal Activity reminds us of the film The Blair Witch Project. Both the horror films deal with the supernatural and have been shot in a realistic documentary style. Paranormal Activity is far better than the other. The Blair Witch Project relied on gimmicks for scares whereas Paranormal Activity is based more on a primal fear that exists within us all.

Paranormal Activity is an underground sensation that has been taking the country by storm. This homemade horror movie makes the eyeballs of audiences have heart attacks. Director/writer Oren Peli sets his story in a plain, ordinary suburban house, but it gradually becomes a hellhole and pulls the rug out from under the notion of a safe haven. The movie has also a few humorous moments to break the awkwardness in it.

Once in awhile, Katie (Katie Featherston) has been haunted by a presence since her childhood days. When the movie begins she stays with her boyfriend Micah (Micah Sloat) in old-fashioned horror house for 21 days and night. The visitations have come more frequently. Katie is scared while Micah is more excited and amused. He purchases a video camera in hopes of capturing the unexplainable. He gets more than he bargained for.

The night scenes and creaking doors are incredibly creepy. The movie has also lots of light humor, with the occasional intimation of weirdness. Featherston has given wonderful performance. And Katie also lends a few funny moments to the movie. The movie has rich production values that provide some special effects very convincingly.

The movie has a few drawbacks - there are a few scenes where they were obviously trying to explain what was going on, but it felt forced and dumbed down. The final scene is scary but it seems as though they run out of ideas and started scraping the bottom of the barrel.

Overall, Paranormal Activity is intelligent, realistic and genuinely hair-raising horror movie. It"s worth watching movie.

Director: Oren Peli

Cast: Katie Featherston, Micah Sloat, Michael Bayouth

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