Paranormal Activity

Paranormal Activity

Oren Peli (2007)

82min
15 Certificate
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Review

Our Score
It may not be particularly original in terms of content or style, but Oren Peli's decisively no-budget horror creates a surprisingly effective sense of dread. Presented as "found footage" (à la Cloverfield and The Blair Witch Project), it concerns a young couple who suspect that their new home is haunted by a malevolent entity. They set up video surveillance to capture evidence of what happens as they sleep at night. What follows plays to the most basic primal fears of darkness and the unknown, from low-key noises and ghostly scares to increasingly unpredictable and ominous occurrences that weave a shuddery spell over Peli's supernatural chiller. As the sinister events take control of the couple's lives, freaky violence leads to a truly gut-wrenching conclusion. Minimal special effects and the absence of a musical soundtrack create a heightened sense of reality, which complements the almost surreal normality the actors bring to the eerie tension.

Summary

A couple move into a new house, only to be disturbed by unexplained supernatural phenomena. They become convinced the property is haunted and set out to capture evidence of their ghostly encounters on film. An attempt to directly contact the spirits only makes matters worse. Horror, starring Katie Featherston and Micah Sloat.

Cast & Crew

Katie Katie Featherston
Micah Micah Sloat
Neighbour Amber Armstrong
Psychic Mark Fredrichs
Girl on internet Ashley Palmer
Director Oren Peli
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Other Information

Language: EnglishColourTheatrical distributor: IconGuidance: Violence, swearing.Available on: DVD and Blu-rayReleased on: 20 Nov 2009
Drama