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Paranormal Activity (2007)

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After moving into a suburban home, a couple becomes increasingly disturbed by a nightly demonic presence.

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Oren Peli

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Oren Peli
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Cast

Cast overview:
Katie Featherston ... Katie
Micah Sloat ... Micah
Mark Fredrichs Mark Fredrichs ... Psychic
Amber Armstrong Amber Armstrong ... Amber
Ashley Palmer ... Diane
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Storyline

After a young, middle class couple moves into a suburban 'starter' tract house, they become increasingly disturbed by a presence that may or may not be somehow demonic but is certainly most active in the middle of the night. Especially when they sleep. Or try to. Written by Paramount Pictures

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Dare you experience the U.S. phenomenon? (UK quad poster) See more »


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Rated R for language | See all certifications »

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

16 October 2009 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Actividad paranormal See more »

Filming Locations:

San Diego, California, USA See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

$15,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$77,873, 27 September 2009, Limited Release

Gross USA:

$107,918,810

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$193,355,800
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Runtime:

| (festival) | (unrated)

Sound Mix:

Dolby Digital

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Trivia

During the weekend of October 9-11, 2009 it reached #4 at the US box office while playing in only 160 theaters, the fewest number of theaters for a top five film since box office data was regularly tracked in the 1980s. See more »

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(at around 51 mins) 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 »

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Katie: Is that what I think it is?
Micah: Depends on what you think it is.
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The theatrical release of the film had no closing credits. After the final scene, a title card offered the 'fate' of Katie and Micah, then there was a brief showing of copyright and other protections, and the screen went black for a few seconds before the standard 'blue screen' showing the movie's rating appeared. See more »

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A Reminder Why We Love Horror
26 October 2009 | by IAN-CinemaniacSee all my reviews

First of all I must say, living in Belgium, I have the benefit of not being caught up in the hype machine. I'm sure if I were living in the States, I too would be numb to the affects of this film.

I would imagine being in a crowded cinema would take away from the intimacy of the scares. I watched this alone on my couch in the comforts of my own home cinema. I am a huge horror fan, not just a gore hound, though I do enjoy some good gore f/x from time to time, but most of all I love a good scare...which is rather hard to come by. Films that have scared me are, The Changeling, The Innocents, The Ring, Inside (A L'Interior), The Brood, Blair Witch... I'm not easily scared, but given the circumstances in which I watched PARANORMAL ACTIVITY I was quite tense.

This film is a lot like Blair Witch, Cloverfield in the use of the home camera, but the way in which the characters in PARANORMAL approach their situation is rather realistic and believable. The characters are like normal people, not Hollywood types. The acting is fine and the characters are fun and likable. The only thing I had a problem with (as far as believability) was the exorcism footage they looked at on the net.

Maybe I would have been disappointed if I had driven half an hour to the closest English language cinema to see this film when it comes out in December. I love going to the cinema for the great image and sound quality. I wouldn't want to watch AVATAR for the first time at home. But PARANORMAL ACTIVITY is the film to watch at home with as few people and distractions as possible. It's not groundbreaking or amazing, but it works and it's good. I applaud the filmmakers for sending some chills down my spine. Thanks.

Lower those expectations and enjoy the ride.


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