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Paranormal Activity
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Starring: Micah Sloat, Katie Featherston
MPAA Rated: R
Released By: Paramount Pictures
Web Site: paranormalactivity-movie.com
Kiddie Movie: Only if you don't want them to ever fall asleep again.
Date Movie: Hopefully she'll be holding onto your arm and you won't be crying like a baby.
Gratuitous Sex: Nah.
Gratuitous Violence: Hinted.
Action: Nah.
Laughs: Some funny lines.
Memorable Scene: I didn't like the ending.
Memorable Quote: "Go hang out with your friends upstairs."
Directed By: Oren Peli
Produced By: Jason Blum, Oren Peli

Paranormal Activity
A Movie Review

MPAA Rated - R

It's 1:26 Long

A Review by
The Dude on the Right
So I’m sitting there, watching “Paranormal Activity,” wondering if I will be frightened by the end of the movie when I wanted to blurt out, “Holy shit!”  Why?  Because there, in the little bathroom, was the same style shower curtain that's hanging in the dude-pad.  Had I yelled out and pointed at the screen I probably could have scared more people in the theater than the movie does, but I have to admit that I get why the movie is freaking people out.  I’ll try not to give too much away.

Pretty much we get the story of two people in love, Micah (Micah Sloat), and Katie (Katie Featherston), in what is supposed to be “real” footage from the location.  They are living in a generic, suburban spot, only Katie has been “haunted” all of her life by some kind of ghost.  Micah, being the goofy dude, sees this as an opportunity to buy some new video equipment, hoping to catch the ghost in action, only he doesn’t seem to realize that all he is doing is pissing off said ghost.

But is it a ghost?

You see, there supposedly a difference between your average ghostly visit and demonic possession, and sadly, for our couple, they might have demon problems, as well as a problem with Micah being, well, a macho dufus.  Anyway, as the movie progresses, most of the time we have Micah behind the camera, filming Katie, except at night where Micah puts the camera on a tripod to film them sleeping and wouldn’t you know it, because it is nighttime, something scary will probably happen, and I’m not going to lie to you, sometimes it does, which does beg the question of if demons or ghosts only come out at night?  Okay, let’s continue.  The days and nights go on, we sit in our seats waiting for it, and yes, there is a “climactic” ending.

So as not to give away too much more, here’s the thing, “Paranormal Activity” is creepy at times, especially because it uses the “anticipation” factor in a movie, namely, that we are 99% sure the scary crap is going to happen at night, when the camera is in “low light” mode and our couple is asleep, and yes, sometimes it does, so for most people a movie like this creeps them out, but sadly not me.  I guess I’m weird that way.

I do give the movie people credit because they have taken a minimalist thing, like being creeped out at night by weird noises, and amped it up, and for a lot of people it will scare the bejesus out of them, but for me I just sat there most of the time saying "Okay, I get it already," and the ending just screwed it all up for me because it took a movie that actually had a “real-life” feel, and I almost would have liked, and turned into dorkiness.

I know some people are saying this is the scariest movie of the decade, or it's scary as hell, or you will shit your pants, but not me. Why? It's predictable. Yup, there I said it, predictable, and the ending, instead of leaving you with that "Hmm?" factor, puts it over the top.  Your girlfriend will probably scream, grab your arm, and snuggle, but now that the hype machine has hit you will probably expect most of the stuff that happens. My suggestion is to see it in a theater full of wimps so you can laugh at them. 2 stars out of 5 because at least it wasn't a gore-fest.

That’s it for this one!  I’m The Dude on the Right!!  L8R!!!

 

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