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Film – Quick Thoughts: Paranormal Activity

Paranormal Activity
Paranormal Activity, directed by Oren Peli
Written by: Oren Peli
Starring: Katie Featherston, Micah Sloat
My rating: 4 of 5

Paranormal Activity is essentially like The Blair Witch Project but in a house, the couple involved using a camera (the whole film is their footage) to study the strange things that are happening in their home and which have followed the woman, Katie, since she was eight years old. Her boyfriend, Micah, is convinced he can solve the problem (which is why he gets the camera) and starts performing all sorts of tests, but the more he tries the quicker things escalate.

Just like The Blair Witch Project I found it very creepy to watch even though you’re mostly looking at or hearing little things, footsteps  on the stairs or doors opening and closing, but that’s why it works. Mundane things are acting in abnormal ways and you’re left wondering what’s causing it, because it’s another one of those films that holds back from explaining or showing too much. When you don’t know everything it allows you to imagine absolutely anything, which makes it all the more creepy. I can understand why so many people liked it because it really is good, though it’s a shame they’ve decided to milk it with sequel after sequel as it’s exactly the kind of film that works best in isolation, without further explanation.

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