Paranormal Activity

Topics: Horror film, The Blair Witch Project, Ghost Pages: 2 (582 words) Published: April 30, 2010
When people begin describing a movie as being “Very much like 'The Blair Witch Project,'” there’s a collective groan and eye roll that emerges from audiences. Whether you loved the movie or hated it, people are very turned off by the whole mock documentary/found footage movie theme, but it’s become a great way for indie filmmakers to tell their story and save money. It’s cheaper, and it allows for a grittier realism that sometimes works. “Paranormal Activity” succeeds with flying colors. It’s a brutal, exhausting, and genuinely horrifying little ghost flick that really makes me rethink my stance on horror films altogether. “Paranormal Activity” has wonderful performances and excellent direction that sell the packaged found footage concept depicting a supernatural occurrence that inevitably ruins a happy couple. “Paranormal Activity” has become a slightly controversial independent film by continuing the pretense that what we seen here may or may not be fictional. The people behind this have declined to truly explain if what we’re watching is pure fiction from innovative filmmakers, or the most realistic footage of a demonic presence we’ll ever see. This approach toward blurring the lines of fiction and reality have split the audience. Fictional or not, “Paranormal Activity” acts upon its illusion wonderfully with incredible performances from its duo and utterly incredible special effects. Every bit of dialogue feels natural, and every moment of misery, mental torture, and pain feels genuine. Micah and Katie have moved in together, and Katie is convinced that she’s been haunted all of her life. This presence that’s watched over her has apparently followed her everywhere, including to this new house, and the apparition that resides with them seems to have a fond interest in Katie. Her {text:soft-page-break} vain and selfish boyfriend Micah is a man who seeks to document the spectacle with his camera and equipment and purposely ignores Katie’s pleas to...
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