Bump in the night


193. Paranormal Activity (Oren Peli, 2007)

Blazing a trail across the American box-office and costing a paltry $15,000 (estimated) this is a story about a little film that could. Similarly to the 1999 smash hit The Blair Witch Project it will divide opinion with relative ease.  There are a few cues from The Entity in that Katie is a haunted woman and the haunting is vaguely sexualised, thankfully the similarities end there.  The haunting takes place in the house where she lives with her boyfriend Micah and it is focused on her whilst he attempts to document the process with his video camera.  Using the same found and edited footage format as The Blair Witch Project and Cloverfield the plot unfolds slowly.  I thought the pace was appropriate but younger audiences might be put off by the relative lack of scare action.  You have to want to be scared for a film like this to work, you have to suspend disbelief over the video camera usage or it won’t function as a story.  If you can manage this and buy into the experience then Paranormal Activity is great scary fun.  If you suspect you can’t do this then don’t bother, you won’t enjoy it.

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