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Paranormal Activity

Critic's Pick Paranormal Activity
Director: Oren Peli
Screenwriter: Oren Peli
Cast: Katie Featherston, Micah Sloat, Michael Bayouth
Release Date: 2009-10-14
Rated: R
Genre: Film
Our Rating: 4.00

I’ve never been so terrified watching people sleep. Katie (Featherstone) and husband Micah (Sloat) purchase a video camera in hopes of catching some of the strange noises and phenomenon that has been happening in their home. Each night they set up the camera on a tripod facing their bed and the hallway. As soon as the camera’s set up, the hauntings begin to get worse, and Katie and Micah are forced to weigh their options as the phenomenon gets progressively more threatening.
You may have heard of this little horror film that is kicking all the other films’ asses on the playground. The little film that will scare the poop out of you so fast, it could be prescribed as a laxative. Its budget was only $15,000; they could make 20 Paranormal Activitys with the payroll from one Sorority Row and with more honest scares, too.
Basically, Paranormal Activity pulls the pants down on all of those crappy remakes coming out of Michael Bay’s production company, because instead of using cheap jump scares and CGI spider-walking, it relies on the silence in between the dreaded footsteps on the stairs and the feeling of waking up in the middle of the night thinking you heard a sound.
Now, I’m talking this film up alot, but you probably haven’t seen that much advertising for it, because it has not yet been slated for wide release. At the official website of Paranormal Activity, you can find your city and demand it to played there, and because of this grassroots effort, the film will be in limited release this weekend, including in San Antonio. If the site receives one million votes, the film will receive the wide release it deserves.
To see it, I went to a midnight screening about an hour from my house. The film was not only sold out, but the line waiting to get in was 100 people deep an hour before it started. So show up early and bring all the scaredy cats and “oh hell no” utterers you know with you, because this movie has more screams than a Twilight premiere.

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