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Author: Bill Ramey
October 1, 2009

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OFFICIAL SYNOPSIS: After a young, middle class couple moves into what seems like a typical suburban “starter” tract house, they become increasingly disturbed by a presence that may or may not be demonic but is certainly most active in the middle of the night. Especially when they sleep. Or try to.

WRITTEN & DIRECTED BY: Oren Peli
CAST: Katie Featherston, Micah Sloat, et al.
OFFICIAL SITE: PARANORMALACTIVITY-MOVIE.COM

There’s no point beating around the bush, so I’ll cut to the chase: PARANORMAL ACTIVITY is one of the scariest damn movies I’ve ever seen.

To be honest, I didn’t know much about PARANORMAL ACTIVITY until I got a press screening invitation a week or so ago. I think I may have heard of it – the haunted house film done ala THE BLAIR WITCH PROJECT -- but other than that, I was clueless.

In order to prep myself for this movie and the subsequent review, I did a little research and found all these accounts of people freaking out while watching PARANORMAL ACTIVITY and allegedly walking out of the theater because they were so disturbed.

Normally, I probably would have blown off such a film, but folks tripping out and bolting from the theater? I had to check this thing out for myself.

For the record, I didn’t not pass out nor did I leave the theater early, but it did TOTALLY FREAK ME OUT! Like I said previously, PARANORMAL ACTIVITY is indeed one of the scariest films I’ve ever seen and one fun movie-going experience.

Couple Katie (Katie Featherson) and Micah (Micah Sloat) begin to experience a few bumps in the night in their San Diego, CA home. They meet with a psychic who says that he can’t help them – they’re in need of a demonologist. Micah – who seems to be pretty skeptical in the beginning – makes a decision to “take care of it” himself. So, he sets up a camera in their bedroom to record any events that might occur while they are sleeping.

The best parts of are the nighttime bedroom camera scenes – which had the audience I saw it with hiding their eyes, screaming, clapping, and generally flipping out. It certainly appears that the people in the audience – yours truly included – seem to feed off of each other. And there’s the secret to PARANORMAL ACTIVITY’s success: seeing it a theater with an audience. While viewing it on DVD/Blu-ray may still be scary, I can’t imagine it having the same affect and providing the same experience as seeing it on the big screen with a large group of people.

If you haven’t seen it PARANORMAL ACTIVITY, I’d highly recommend that you do before its brief expanded run in theaters is over.

I also suggest investing in a nightlight for your bedroom. You’re definitely going to need it for a few weeks after taking in this movie.

JETT'S GRADE: A

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