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Bitter, Bitter Balcony, Movie Review, Paranormal Activity 2007Oren PeliOren PeliKatie Featherston, Micah Sloat Paranormal Activity(2007)
 

Subtle noises and a possessed Ouija board are the stars in the most successful movie of the year “Paranormal Activity.”

The horror tale, taking place in a suburban San Diego home, follows young couple Katie (Katie Featherston) and Micah (Micah Sloat), who have recently moved in together. Happy and playful, the lovers seem to have a healthy relationship, in spite of Katie’s one tiny secret: she is haunted by a demon (still not as bad as PMS). Micah, incredulous and excited about his girlfriend's beezelbum, sets up a camera and sound recorder program to pick up any traces of the menace. Coincidentally, Micah plies up enough footage to create a linear, plot-structured 90-minute movie.

The couple consults The Psychic (Mark Fredrichs) who advises against aggravating the entity, but Micah keeps sleuthing – and what starts as an experiment turns into a nightmare. A very scared Katie pleads Micah to call off the hunt, but his stubbornness makes this little devil go all out Green Lou Ferrigno on them. Shattered photo frames (and other stuff that belongs in a garage sale) come in handy for this frugal demon, further prove that our economic woes are even felt in hell. Perhaps after the massive success of “Paranormal Activity,” this evil force might be able to sink a house to the ground or have a half-naked actress thrown around the bedroom like fellow ghouls did in "Poltergeist.”

 
“Paranormal Activity” is 2009's little-money-engine-that-could. Reportedly costing around $11,000, the 2007 low-budget pick-up has surpassed the $100 million mark and set some savvy producer up for life. This film proves that the horror genre is lucrative if you can find the right angle. In this case, building on the hype of realist scares while avoiding slasher violence.

Director Oren Peli shot the majority of the film's thrills in a bedroom, sort of like a Mattress Giant commercial meets the evil entity lying under the sheets. If you’re an NFL fan, think of “Paranormal Activity” as the Miami Dolphins Wildcat offense: full of well- devised gimmicks to make up for its deficiencies in other areas. To Peli's credit, he does pace his bag of tricks according, giving us the shocks one morsel at a time.

“Paranormal Activity” masquerades its footage as archives for police evidence, and our monster is revealed in shadows and leers. Also, the casual performances by the leads enhance the film's authenticity. Katie Featherston has a standout scene as she lies in bed, eyes unflinching – it is more frightening than all the shocks this film offers. The movie, however, is predictable enough to figure out 10 minutes in and perhaps its box-office success should be accredited to the power of word-of-mouth. “The Blair Witch Project” had a direct sequel with “Book Of Shadows,” but for following "The Blair Witch" textbook, “Paranormal Activity” should be called “Blair Witch: This Time We Could Afford A Tripod.”

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Credits:
Directed by: Oren Peli
Written by: Oren Peli
Cast: Katie Featherston, Micah Sloat


Source of the Bitter: John Rojas

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