Tuesday, October 13, 2009

Paranormal Activity - Take 2

I DID end up going to see Paranormal Activity on Sunday.

It really WAS good and creepy.

The film centers on a young, engaged couple who are living together. The movie begins shortly after Katie has told her fiance Micah that, when she was a child, she believes she used to be visited at night by a ghost. As she got older, what she thought of as her ghostly visitations had ceased, but have recently begun again. Small things, like keys being moved or strange noises, seem to be happening to her on a nightly basis.

Not really buying into the story but wanting to try to help, Micah goes out and buys a night vision camcorder, and sets it up in their bedroom to film anything that might happen while they are sleeping at night.

This is pretty much where the movie begins.

The movie is filmed in the documentary, "Blair Witch" style, so if those kinds of movies with herky-jerky shaking cameras make you dizzy, stay clear of this one.

It was a strange film for me, mostly because of its unevenness. The daytime scenes, where the couple tries to process what is happening to them, i found to be mostly tedious and repetitive. This is made worse by the fact that while i thought the female lead was outstanding (and sexy as hell), i wanted to stab the male lead repeatedly in the head with a Philips screwdriver.

However, the scenes at night, where the scared couple try to get through encounter after encounter with whatever seems to be after them, are TRULY creepy and well-done. And just when i started to feel that the nighttime scenes were getting repetitive, they kicked it up a notch and it got even scarier and creepier.

The "scary"-meter keeps ramping up, night after night, until the final night, where a good number of people in the theatre jumped right out of their seats. The last half hour ABSOLUTELY validated this movie for me.

If you want to be scared, and creeped out, you need to go check this one out. I may even go back this weekend to take Friz. This movie will scare the living Hell out of her.

p.s. Fun movie facts:
- As i said in my last post, this movie was made independently, and for only $15,000.

- Right now it is only been shown in 150 theatres, and it STILL managed to break the top 10 films for this weekend in North America.

- On a "per showing" basis, it STOMPED the amount of money per showing that this weekend's #1 movie, "Couples Retreat" made. Clearly, the buzz on this film is starting to really gear up. A worldwide release at this point seems inevitable.

20 comments:

Faiqa said...

Wow. I really want to see this movie, now.

The plot reminded me of something...Until I was about sixteen, I used to wake up with my bed shaking a little. I had no idea this was abnormal until I said to my brother, "You know how sometimes you wake up in the middle of the night and feel your bed shaking..." The look on his face made me realize how creepy it was. Interestingly, it never happened again after that.

Slyde said...

faiqa: that was hands down the funniest thing you have ever written. Drink-thru-my-nose funny. well done!

Lucia Phillips said...

Stopped by read your blog, great read. Please check mine out as well

http://warriormomwife25.blogspot.com/

B.E. Earl said...

Maybe tomorrow night. Maybe.

mo.stoneskin said...

If you go to see it again take a Philips screwdriver with you, or an alum key.

honeywine said...

Somebody is walking away with a butt load of cash. I need a camera! Oh, and vision.

Chris H said...

glad you enjoyed the movie dude. Still not gunna go myself.

2abes said...

i will have to try to see this if it gets released locally

Candy's daily Dandy said...

oooohh, I just may have to check this litle beauty out...

by myself, of course, My Guy is NOT into the scary. He can go see Couples Retreat.

Nej said...

Haven't seen it, nor heard of it...but am going to have to see if it's going to play in the area.

People bashed on Blair Witch quite a bit, but it rocked, if you ask me.

Anxious to see this one! Not so anxious to be alone in my house after I see it. :-)

~The South Dakota Cowgirl~ said...

I will totally not be going to see this movie!

sybil law said...

That's it - I'm sold.

Bruce said...

The meer mention of Blair Witch project along with this film will prevent me from seeing it. I closed my eyes for the last half of Blair Witch because it was giving me such a headache.

Cocaine Princess said...

I remember all the hype surrounding the Blair Witch Project and decided to go see it. The shaky cameras I detested but I realized it was an important feature of the film.

This particular movie isn't getting a lot of hype the way Blair Witch did. I'm looking forward to seeing it.

Bina said...

I would LOVE to see this movie! Scary movies are my freaking favorite. I'm gonna see if it's playing near here, but with my luck, I'm sure it's not.

Bina said...

Holy Shit! It's playing here!!!!! I'm gonna go see it this weekend!

Anonymous said...

Funny

http://www.IsParanormalActivityATrueStory.com

Dr Zibbs said...

I saw this last Sunday as well and thought it was great.

As an added bonus, I accidently sat behind a this black lady. And not to say, "You know how THEY are in scary movies" but "You know how they are in scary movies"

(Note how I didn't capitalize THEY. That would have made it racist)

Also, I thought that chick was pretty cute too.

James said...

Hi Slyde well ya got me hooked on this film. I wonder if it will make it to this side of the pond.
Faiqas post was very weird. Sounds like Poltergeist activity I have read about- usually happens around/to teenage girls

Kimberly said...

I will see it.