Excerpt: It would seem that every decade has some sort of defining moment, or in this case a defining film, for a particular genre. With the teen comedies the 70’s had “American Graffiti”, the 80’s had “Fast Times at Ridgemont High”, the 90’s Brought “Dazed and Confused” and the first part of the new century...
Excerpt: Written and directed by Oren Peli and made for fifteen grand using his own home as the movie’s solitary location, Paranormal Activity has much in common with a previous indy success story, The Blair Witch Project.
Excerpt: Movies about the supernatural tend to be a bit of a gamble for moviegoers, especially these days. If the audience isn’t convinced by what they’re seeing on the screen, the movie will more than likely fail from its own weaknesses.
Excerpt: San Diego, California, September 2006. Micah (Micah Sloat) and Katie (Kate Featherston) are live-in boyfriend and girlfriend. When Katie tells Micah that she has heard strange noises during the night, Micah sets up a video camera to record what happens while they sleep.
Excerpt: Paranormal Activity is the latest in a long line of movies that uses a faux-"documentary” approach to add a little touch of realism to the film, following in the footsteps of The Blair Witch Project and the more recent Cloverfield .
Excerpt: The new cinéma vérité horror film/mockumentary Paranormal Activity paradoxically feels more like a sequel to The Blair Witch Project than that film’s actual sequel. Like an ideal follow-up, Paranormal Activity takes the same basic premise—amateur filmmaker documents own descent into paranoia and...
Excerpt: Seeing helpless victims face a brutal serial killer is terrifying, but after watching Paranormal Activity , I’d much rather be hanging out with Jigsaw than the demonic force haunting Micah and Katie.