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Paranormal Activity -- While settling into her new home, Katie (Featherston) is disturbed in her sleep by a mysterious presence. Her husband, Micah (Sloat), tries to ease her fear by installing video cameras in an attempt to capture the strange behavior on tape. Bad idea.
Paranormal Activity -- While settling into her new home, Katie (Featherston) is disturbed in her sleep by a mysterious presence. Her husband, Micah (Sloat), tries to ease her fear by installing video cameras in an attempt to capture the strange behavior on tape. Bad idea.

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Director:
Writer:
Oren Peli (written by)
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Release Date:
16 October 2009 (USA) See more »
Genre:
Tagline:
What Happens When You Sleep? See more »
Plot:
After moving into a suburban home, a couple becomes increasingly disturbed by a nightly demonic presence. Full summary » | Full synopsis »
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Awards:
3 wins & 9 nominations See more »
User Reviews:
A Theatre Experience I'll Never Forget. See more (1163 total) »

Cast

  (in credits order)

Katie Featherston ... Katie

Micah Sloat ... Micah
Mark Fredrichs ... Psychic

Amber Armstrong ... Amber

Ashley Palmer ... Diane
rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Crystal Cartwright ... Exorcism Nanny (uncredited)

Randy McDowell ... Lt. Randy Hudson (uncredited)
James Piper ... Richard (uncredited)

Directed by
Oren Peli 
 
Writing credits
(in alphabetical order)
Oren Peli  written by

Produced by
Jason Blum .... producer
Oren Peli .... producer
Steven Schneider .... executive producer
Jeanette Brill .... line producer: additional photography (uncredited)
Rick Osako .... line producer: additional photography (uncredited)
Amir Zbeda .... associate producer (uncredited)
 
Cinematography by
Oren Peli (director of photography)
 
Film Editing by
Oren Peli 
 
Casting by
Oren Peli (uncredited)
 
Makeup Department
Crystal Cartwright .... special makeup effects artist (uncredited)
 
Production Management
Danielle Daly .... post-production supervisor (uncredited)
Mark Graziano .... post-production executive (uncredited)
Richard Stirling .... post-production supervisor (uncredited)
 
Sound Department
Greg LaPlante .... digital mastering
David Barbee .... sound designer (uncredited)
Mark Binder .... sound designer (uncredited)
Mark Binder .... sound re-recording mixer (uncredited)
Edmond J. Coblentz Jr. .... sound designer (uncredited)
Mark DeSimone .... adr mixer: New York (uncredited)
Jim Fitzpatrick .... sound re-recording mixer (uncredited)
Nick Shaffer .... sound effects editor (uncredited)
Nick Shaffer .... supervising dialogue editor (uncredited)
 
Stunts
Craig Jensen .... utility stunts
 
Camera and Electrical Department
Dale Robinette .... special still photographer (uncredited)
 
Casting Department
Ricki Maslar .... additional casting (uncredited)
 
Editorial Department
Phillip Dawe .... post-production coordinator
Jay Warren .... digital intermediate producer
Tricia Chiarenza .... color timer (uncredited)
Faust Pierfederici .... colorist (uncredited)
Lee Wimer .... color timer (uncredited)
 
Other crew
Angie Conners .... international marketing
Stephen Kessen .... promoter
 
Thanks
Dave Bullis .... thanks
Michael DeFellipo .... thanks (as Michael George)
Chris Denmead .... special thanks
Conrad Faraj .... special thanks
Kelvin Galloza .... special thanks
Mike Gencarelli .... special thanks
Kyle Giorgi .... special thanks
Curtis Gropp .... special thanks
Avery Guerra .... special thanks
Sal W. Hanna .... special thanks
Stephen Kessen .... thanks
Dominic Mendez .... special thanks (DVD and Blu-ray version)
Rick Peters .... thanks
Elizabeth Rodriguez .... special thanks
Mike Ruchkin .... thanks
William Sanders .... special thanks
Patrice Sepulveda .... special thanks
Eric Striffler .... thanks
Tyler Dane Sutton .... special thanks
Vincent van Ommen .... thanks (DVD & Blu-ray version)
Adrian Voo .... special thanks
Jenny Wyrsch .... special thanks
Kurt Wyrsch .... special thanks
 

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MPAA:
Rated R for language
Runtime:
86 min | 97 min (extended version) | 83 min (unrated version)
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1.85 : 1 See more »
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Trivia:
During the first test screenings, people started leaving the theater. Originally the crew thought this was because the film wasn't going over very well with its audience, only to discover that people left the auditorium because they couldn't handle the intensity of the piece.See more »
Goofs:
Continuity: Katie's hair changes lengths from one scene to the next. This is especially noticeable when Katie tells Micah he is finished using the Ouija board and her hair is long, then in the next scene she is on the couch and her hair is much shorter.See more »
Quotes:
[first lines]
Katie:Is that what I think it is?
Micah:Depends on what you think it is.
Katie:I think it's a big-ass camera! Whatever happened to one of those little hand held cameras?
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279 out of 491 people found the following review useful.
A Theatre Experience I'll Never Forget., 24 October 2009
Author: Matt_Layden from Canada

A couple decide to document their nights while they sleep, after they hear strange noises that they believe to be a haunting.

I respect this film, for the fact that it was shot for less than 20,000, had absolutely no marketing campaign and has become a huge success based on word of mouth and the audience demanding to see it. If only other studios would follow suit and listen to people demanding to see movies they want to see, maybe there wouldn't be so much crap out there.

Paranormal Activity is shot like Cloverfield, Blair Witch Project, REC, Cannibal Holocaust, etc. If any of those films gave you motion sickness, you might want to skip this one. Half the film is shot while they sleep, so the film is on a tri-pod, the other half is them walking around with it. So if you've never been a fan of those films, skip this one. Second, the film is not as scary as people make it out to be. Instead, it is one creepy and suspenseful film, that seeing in a theatre, only heightened my enjoyment of it.

The audience I went with, all had a collective "Oh My God". I could hear it every time something creepy happened. You could literally feel everyone in the theatre holding their breath every time they went to sleep. Again, if you are the type of person who wants to watch a film and not hear a peep out of anyone else, skip this film.

Now the film itself, shot in one week, small (very small) budget and every penny of it went towards the special effects. The special effects are what sell the film, if you don't buy them, the film will not creep you out. They looked real and impressive enough to push the film into a successful goal, which is to scare people. If you are already afraid of the dark, this film will not help you. Every creek, thump, noise you hear in your house will now have you thinking twice.

Less is more, The Blair Witch Project uses this, as does Paranormal Activity. The two leads, are haunted by a demon, one we never see, only hear. Whenever you go into a horror film, as a kid you would close your eyes in fear. Big mistake, because it's the ears you need to be covering. The sound is what makes you jump, hear nothing, fear nothing. The sound design behind this film is what is scary people, accompanied by the visuals (memorable scenes with the powder and bed sheets).

As the film progresses, the haunting gets worse. I don't want to give anything away, and I urge you to not watch the trailer. I watched the trailer and was waiting for those things to happen, it took away from the general fear. Not knowing what to expect will make this film that much better, that much creepier and that much more entertaining. I didn't expect it to be as funny as it was either, the lead male had some comic relief dialogue, the ease the tension.

The couple are believable, the hand held camera angle works here and the fear will set in. I applaud Paranormal Activity, for not only becoming an unheard of success, but for being one of the creepiest films I've ever seen.

Bravo.

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