In 1988, in California, cinematographer Dennis moves to the house of his girlfriend Julie to raise a family with her daughters Katie and Kristi. Little Kristi has an imaginary friend named Toby while weird things happen in the house. Dennis decides to place cameras in the house to capture images during the night and soon he finds that there is an entity in the house. Dennis's friend Randy Rosen (Dustin Ingram) researches the events and learns that his house might be a coven of witches and the children may be in danger.Written by
Claudio Carvalho, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil
This is the second time Johanna Braddy plays a role named Lisa in a horror film. The first one was The Grudge 3 (2009). Including it is the 3rd movie in both movie series See more »
While the film takes place in 1988, the home video tapes are presented in wide screen and high-definition quality.
However, this is a necessary and deliberate change on the part of the crew, and not an error.
Producing a movie with "authentic" quality based on the equipment that existed back then would make a horrible quality for it to be seen in theaters and the movie would be unusable to most theaters. See more »
[documenting behind the camera]
You'll be spending a lot of time in here. This is gonna be your room. There's some kind of animal being de-liced or something. Compression chamber, that's your crib. It's hermetically sealed. And this is your paint color. What color is that, hon?
Jamaica bay blue.
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During the end credits, sound effects from the film can be heard. See more »
Includes an unrated director's cut and "lost tapes" (Dennis' pranking Julie and a commercial of his video company.) See more »
See the Sunlight
Written & Performed by Jack Dolgen (as Jack Selig Dolgen) & Caleb Shreve See more »
each to their own
Horror films/scary films - whatever you want to call them, are difficult to recommend because what might scare one person may not another. So this will either work for you or it won't, simple as that. Having seen many supposed scary films in my now 38 years, it can be difficult to genuinely scare an audience and yet the first in this series completely worked for me. I remember seeing The Entity when young and thinking at the time how relentless that was. Perhaps Paranormal Activity tapped into that and it did genuinely make me uncomfortable - in a good way. I found Part 2 to be quite tedious and that does exist here but I did genuinely find some moments unsettling enough to make it a worthwhile trip to the cinema. Maybe when there's children involved there is additional anxiety and the 2 young actresses here are believable. It seems that it takes every 10 years for some film to come out of nowhere to have an effect on an international audience so I can't wait for this pattern to come around again.
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