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Paranormal Activity -- After a young, middle class couple moves into what seems like a typical suburban "starter" tract house, they become increasingly disturbed by a presence that may or may not be demonic but is certainly most active in the middle of the night. Especially when they sleep. Or try to.
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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Release Date:
16 October 2009 (USA) See more »
What Happens When You Sleep? See more »
After moving into a suburban home, a couple becomes increasingly disturbed by a nightly demonic presence. Full summary » | Full synopsis »
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3 wins & 11 nominations See more »
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"Paranormal" is extra-ordinary See more (1187 total) »


  (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
Jordan O'Neill .... DTS Sound Mastering Engineer
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)
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
Alana Crow .... business and legal affairs
Stephen Kessen .... promoter
Kailey Marsh .... assistant to steven schneider
Dallas Bagley .... special thanks
Dave Bullis .... thanks
Michael DeFellipo .... thanks (as Michael George)
Chris Denmead .... special thanks
Elliot Diviney .... special thanks
Jacob Dubizhansky .... 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
Corey Lubak .... thanks
Dominic Mendez .... special thanks (DVD and Blu-ray version)
Rick Peters .... thanks
Jonathan Reiter .... special thanks
Elizabeth Rodriguez .... special thanks
Mike Ruchkin .... thanks
William Sanders .... special thanks
Patrice Sepulveda .... special thanks
Darren Steinle .... 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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Rated R for language
86 min | 97 min (extended version) | 83 min (unrated version)
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Though the format is discontinued in the United States, this film received a VHS release in the Netherlands.See more »
Revealing mistakes: Towards the beginning of the movie, when Micah and Katie are talking with the psychologist, there is a hard cut from the doctor to Katie as the doctor is talking, but the dialogue does not skip. Since the movie is supposed to be entirely self-filmed footage, this would imply that either there were two cameras filming at once, or that they did a second "take" with the doctor, both of which are unlikely.See more »
[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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Movie Connections:
Spoofed in Abnormal Activity (2010) (V)See more »


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308 out of 585 people found the following review useful.
"Paranormal" is extra-ordinary, 21 February 2009
Author: otis von zipper from San Francisco

I was fortunate to see this film about a year ago, and have become curious as to why it still has not seen the light of day. A little research has indicated it still might.

The storytelling here is simple but also inspired. Young couple Katie and Micah plan to film their home at night while sleeping in hopes of capturing evidence of a ghost that seems to haunting them, or more precisely Katie, since this is not the first time she has experienced these type of visitations. We watch the footage of the young couple sleeping and gradually things do start to happen. Katie and Micah also film themselves discussing the situation, a visit from a spiritualist, and a few other random moments. Doesn't sound like much, right? Or that it could possibly be the slightest bit scary. Well, Oren Peli's little indie film is everything a scary movie should be. In other words, it is indeed very scary.

Peli accomplishes the improbable through utilizing tension, character and imagination. The found footage concept used in the movie, a la "Blair Witch", "Cloverfield" and the recent "Quarantine", is perhaps slightly more effective in this situation. It's usually a still camera with things sometimes occurring just beyond what we can see. The result is a heightened sense of reality and a greater sense of dread as to what those sounds could be. We've all been there. We here a noise out in the dark and are frightened by the unknown. Peli seems to understand this greatly and uses it to great effect. When the camera does move it is often done slowly, perhaps in an effort to avoid the shaky-cam effect, but it also helps create greater tension.

But perhaps the one element most important to this film's success is the performance by Katie Featherston. In the beginning we meet a sweet young woman who has concerns about what could be happening to her. Perhaps a metaphor for fears regarding her relationship with Micah and their new home. As we approach the final scenes, Katie has been reduced to a person on the verge of a nervous breakdown, and we are deeply concerned for her well being. Each night as our young couple goes off to sleep we experience a deeper and greater dread that something bad is going to happen, and we don't like it. It helps that Ms. Featherston is an unknown (it's difficult to imagine caring this way about a recognizable actor) but her ability to create a believable and sympathetic character is remarkable and turns an effective thriller into something extraordinary.

It's not often that a movie will truly have me on the edge of my seat. Watching it I was reminded of those days long ago when I first saw "The Exorcist", "Halloween" and "Alien"; movies that have stayed with me over time as moments spent in a theatre genuinely frightened. It doesn't happen that often anymore, movies are either too gimmicky or too unbelievable or too music video flashy to get to me. But a little movie made with no money and no special effects did. To the cast and crew of "Paranormal Activity" - Thank you!

p.s. with regards to the future of this movie, the latest news is that it will be released and not remade as earlier planned. No idea when that will happen, but I'm keeping my fingers crossed that this special little film doesn't get left on a shelf.

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