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On The Driveway: Paranormal Activity

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Paramount Pictures and director Oren Peli bring us one of the scariest movies…er, films ever in Paranormal Activity. An incredibly frightening experience one should make every effort to watch while it’s still playing in the theatres. It truly will keep you on the edge of your seat. You will have trouble sleeping. You will believe the hype.

Micah is happy about the new camera and sound equipment he bought. It seems that new house he and his girlfriend Katie have just moved in might be haunted and he’s going to try to capture anything that might support that theory. They set up video surveillance in their bedroom and what happens next might make you pee a little.

It’s a full decade since the Blair Witch Project phenomenon and they are finally getting the concept right. Amateur video capturing a series of events that tells us a story. A very simple, yet inspired technique of eliminating cinematographers by letting the characters shoot the movie. Cloverfield gave us a monster movie seen through the eyes of young New Yorkers via home video. [Rec] proved to be an effective zombie flick thanks to a news camera. What sets Paranormal Activity apart from the rest is the limited use of the “shaky cam”. The genius of this film is that the camera is usually stationary, giving us a surveillance-type feel feeding us increasing doses of terror with very little footage and our own imagination. None of this would be possible if it were not for the realistic and natural performances of the actors. Actors? Katie and Micah?

This is tough for me, as I have given myself the task of reviewing a movie I don’t want to spoil at all. Let me just say that Paranormal Activity certainly delivers the scares and beats the hell out of all those previous P.O.V. Shake-fests.

It would probably benefit you to catch this flick on the big screen and share that experience with a good crowd. I don’t think it will have the same effectiveness on DVD as this was more an experience than a movie for me.

What are you waiting for? Go see it now! Oh yeah, bring a date.

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4 Comments

  • Reply Dana

    Nuff said! You know when reviewers compare movies with rollercoasters? I know… it’s cliche, but being in that theatre, it seriously was like being on a roller coaster, complete with sound effects, since every time something scary happened the crowd oooohed or yelped just like people do when you plunge from the top of a rollercoaster. Lots of fun and lots of scares! I agree with Ro, a must-see in theatres! DVD won’t be the same!

    October 20, 2009 at 12:11 am
  • Reply Dana

    Hehe I wrote rollercoaster a lot just then! Weeee!

    October 20, 2009 at 12:12 am
  • Reply Aaron

    one: I want to sleep at night, second, I have no date. Oh I guess its too bad I can’t see the movie, oh well

    October 20, 2009 at 3:02 am
  • Reply Abe Froman

    Saw it. Loved it. You don’t need a date. I saw it by myself and it freaked me out more than ever because my attention was totally focused on the movie. I can see how it would be a great date movie.

    Oh yeah, ROLLERCOASTER!

    October 20, 2009 at 1:27 pm
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