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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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What Happens When You Sleep? See more »


Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

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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Technical Specs

Runtime:

| (festival) | (unrated)

Sound Mix:

Dolby Digital

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Did You Know?

Trivia

Survivor (2000) runner-up Katie Gallagher was originally cast to play the role of Katie, but was laid off because Oren Peli decided she was too "well-known" to keep the film as real as possible. Coincidentally, both Katie Gallagher and Katie Featherston have the same name as each other, and the main character. See more »

Goofs

(at around 1h 19 mins) When Katie is saying she doesn't want to leave the house, it is assumed that Micah has set the camera on the bed, as it stops moving and stays at a constant angle. This explains why the camera stayed while Micah walked away. 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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Crazy Credits

Fans who submitted their name on the official website during the film's theatrical run were treated with having their name listed in the film's ending credits on the DVD/Blu-ray release of the film as thanks from Paramount for making the film such a success. See more »

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Absolutely terrifying, possibly the scariest film I have ever seen.
26 September 2009 | by applefanaticSee all my reviews

After just witnessing a special showing of this spectacularly terrifying film, I can say without a doubt, that I will not be sleeping tonight. What starts out as a somewhat slow paced film quickly turns into a horrifyingly intense portrayal of a young couple that is be "visited" by something sinister.

The tension builds ever so slowly, the camera roles on filming their day and night activities. This tension reaches the point where even the slightest flicker, movement, or shadow makes you want to fly out of your seat. The beauty of this film is that nothing is revealed too quickly the director lets the previous events simmer and settle with the audience before revealing more.

Rarely do films leave me so terrified that I am shaking after they have ended. Paranormal Activity is an exception to this. I highly recommend this film to all those that want to be scared out of their wits.


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