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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 »
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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 & 7 nominations See more »
NewsDesk:
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User Reviews:
What you can't see is always scarier than what you can See more (1162 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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Did You Know?

Trivia:
Oren Peli shot the entire film with a home digital camera.See more »
Goofs:
Plot holes: The security system is set every night, yet Katie goes outside and sits on the swing without setting off the alarm.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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Movie Connections:
Featured in Scream Awards 2010 (2010) (TV)See more »

FAQ

What does the Ouija board say?
Does this film feature real video evidence?
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29 out of 50 people found the following review useful.
What you can't see is always scarier than what you can, 13 January 2010
Author: moviesleuth2

In his review of "The Blair Witch Project," Roger Ebert said, "The noise in the dark is almost always scarier than what makes the noise in the dark." Indeed, that film terrified audiences 11 years ago by exploiting that fact. Now, Oren Peli has taken the same concept, and made a similar horror flick. And "Paranormal Activity" is a hell of a lot scarier.

Katie and Micah are two roommates who are witnessing some strange occurrences in their home. They decide to buy a video camera to record these occurrences, and that's when the film begins.

Plot is of little matter here. Neither are special effects. The camera is hand-held, but usually it is on a stand or resting (thank God). The actors are very real, which is the point. It doesn't take long before we believe that this is actual footage.

The construction of the film is genius. The occurrences are what in other contexts would be normal sounds, but without a visible source, they become frightening. But what really gets us is that many times we are unsure that anything happened at all. Oren Peli is a genius for making this all work so well. One could divide the film in three parts: slow, creepy then downright scary.

It's not perfect (the beginning isn't very effective, and initially the possible explanations seem downright silly, although once the film gets going, that all changes). However I'm giving it a 10 because it actually scares the hell out of us extremely well, and the tension builds to an ultimate crescendo. And the climax (the original...the alternate ending is pretty weak) is downright terrifying.

This is one film that goes beyond thrills and crosses the line into utter fear.

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