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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:
Wonderful Under Certain Conditions See more (1167 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
Alana Crow .... business and legal affairs
Stephen Kessen .... promoter
 
Thanks
Dallas Bagley .... special 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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Trivia:
Paramount Studios utilized paranormal researcher, Christopher Chacon, who is recognized as one of the world's foremost experts on paranormal phenomena, to promote and publicize the film. Chacon also works in the entertainment industry as a writer, director and producer.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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402 out of 612 people found the following review useful.
Wonderful Under Certain Conditions, 30 October 2009
Author: Zombafyed from Miami, Florida

PARANORMAL ACTIVITY is THE most popular movie of the year and will ultimately be regarded as one of the best horror movies of all time. Therefore, PA has warranted a HUGE debate on whether it sucks or not.

Under this pretense, I have divided this review into 3 sections: 1 for the things in the movie that work, 1 for the things that don't, and 1 for the summation.

******THE GOOD******************************

1. Originality - not a cheap knockoff or a member of Hollywood's non-stop horror remake/reboot wave. That is a game winner right there! Comparable to the Blair Witch Project, PA has received a lot of flack as being a rip off of BWP. Taken into consideration, the film's only real similarity to BWP is the use of home camera/1st person footage, and non-professionals inducing reactions from the supernatural world. That said, you have to answer yourself a question: Would you rather see another Texas Chainsaw Massacre remake, or a completely original off-BWP type film?

2. Suspense and Tension - the film does not rely on cheap scares and loud noises deafening you to induce the desire reaction of fear. Nor does it have the smallest fraction of gore/sex/exploitation compared to most of today's horror movies. If you prefer horror movies that usually don't stick with you and follow you out of the theater, then skip it by all means. The film gives you a few inches, and leaves your imagination to finish the mile.

A suggestion on viewing the film: If you want to get the most out of Paranormal Activity, then DO NOT see it in the local theater on a Friday night. We all know what happens when you are in a theater with middle and high school kids during a horror movie. To fully immerse yourself in the movie, see it with your significant other, by yourself, or with just a couple of friends at a time when the theater is the least crowded. Try to see it at night, or at home in the dark. This film invades the sanctity of one's bedroom, and the old tactic of pulling the covers over your head doesn't work.

3. Special Effects - even on a small budget, the film provides some very impacting scenery. Some effects are blatantly obvious, and some of the best effects are actually the most subtle.

4. Acting - the movie is well acted considering it is full of unknowns. The characters are not obnoxious like most horror movie protagonists. They appear genuine and very convincing in most of the film. But in some scenes, not so much. More below.

5. Plot - there is a pleasant (oxymoron) surprise with the direction the film went regarding the source of the phenomena. It's not your typical ghost or haunted house story. I will not embellish on this as it will spoil the movie for those who haven't or are deciding to see the movie.

******THE NOT SO GOOD***********************

1. Writing - this is actually a 50/50 split. The 'supernatural' scenes are very convincing considering the subject matter, whether scripted or improvised. However, the dialog and character motivation/action during the 'down time' is unrealistic at times. This is a large complaint by those who didn't like the movie. Although the film is a large departure from teen filled slasher movies, the characters at times seem to be just as brainless as the teens getting whacked by Jason. There is a lot of "WHY DIDN'T THEY JUST....?" scenes in the movie.

2. Acting - like the writing, the acting seems to suffer in the 'down time'. Fortunately, during the important (scary) scenes, the acting is spot-on, and very convincing. However, you might be taken out of the movie when the protagonists are interacting with each other during the in-between scenes, and the authenticity of their relationship is questionable in some parts.

3. Scenery - granted that the whole movie is filmed in or on the characters' house, the static viewpoint of the camera gets a little boring. With all the phenomena going on, it would have been refreshing to see things from a different angle, especially in the bedroom. Fortunately, this doesn't hinder the movie, just a minor complaint.

******AS A HORROR FAN***********************

Follow the suggestions above regarding with who, where and how to watch the movie. Seen under the right circumstances, and with the right state of mind, the film can be very effective, and having you looking over your shoulder when you turn out all the lights in the house, and crawl into bed. For this reason, I fully endorse this movie as a new member of the horror family. Fresh and original, the movie deserves all of the attention it is getting.

Let this be a glaring message to Hollywood that originality is still the craved for in the movie industry. Horror fans have grown tired of having their favorite classics butchered and pointlessly remade. Directors and producers do not deserve revenue for just upping the violence and sexual gratification of old horror movies.

The film's success is also a great indication that as a population, movie goers respond better to thought provocative subjects than mindless in-your-face cannon fodder. It relieves me to some degree to see that tension-fear based horror movies still have the chance to take the cake. Especially on such a small budget.

Well Done, producers, directors, and actors. 8/10

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