Paranormal Activity (2007)

Written & Directed by: Oren Peli


Katie Featherston .... Katie
Micah Sloat .... Micah

Release Dates: Screamfest Film Festival: October 14, 2007; Slamdance Film Festival: January 18, 2008; Limited Theatrical: September 25, 2009 (USA); Pusan International Film Festival: October 11, 2009 (Korea); Theatrical: October 16, 2009; Dublin Horrorthon Film Festival: October 25, 2009; Limited Theatrical: October 30, 2009 (Finland); Oslo International Film Festival: November 20, 2009; Festival Internacional de Cinema Negre de Manresa: November 21, 2009 (Spain)

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A couple named Micah (Micah Sloat) and Katie (Katie Featherston) have moved into a suburban house and three years later the house seems to be haunted by an entity during the witching hours. Katie tells Micah that she's been haunted ever since she was a child which Micah finds this interesting and they buy a videocamera to tape anything unusual as well as going to the aid of a psychic (Mark Frederichs) to help them and he thinks that the house is trying to communicate with them.
Micah borrows a ouija board and leaves his camera rolling to see if there's anything that will effect it while Katie is upset that he brought the ouija board into their house which can cause more trouble.
Plus Katie seems to wake up in the middle of the night in a trance and watches over Micah for hours while he's fast asleep. Plus, she doesn't seem like herself alot by showing an aggressive attitude towards him.


There's many pointless conversations between both Katie and Micah when they videotape one another doing some events in the daytime at the house as you think to yourself "Get on with it!"
There's also a bland scene with Katie talking to a psychic about the paranormal activity that's happening in their house with the scraping noises that Micah is videotaping them and guiding him to where it's all happening which didn't seem too convincing at all.
However there is a funny moment with Katie screaming while Micah runs into the bathroom with his camera and they discuss her screaming over a spider with him zooming in on the spider and talking to it which I had a chuckle out of.
There's a great moment with the camera left on overnight while the two of them are sleeping and an open door moves which looked believeably spooky.
Good reactions on both of them with their friend watching the footage from that night as well as trying to catch some sounds that they hear while watching this footage which looked fairly natural.
More good shots on them sleeping with the camera on and then Katie waking up screaming as well as the two of them hearing a sound and then getting up and bringing their camera into the hallways of the house trying to search where it's coming from with the camera shots running down a staircase or spotting a hallway light that's jingling which looked very haunting like and suspenseful.
There's a good moment with Katie videotaping Micah holding a Ouija board and setting it up with her freaking out and getting vulgar that he has one and demnding him to get rid of it which looked quite intense.
A nice shot of the camera sitting there with a plant moving in a breeze and then the ouija board game piece moving and going up in flames which looked quite cheesy but fun to watch.
There's good quarelling between both of them about who's more in control about videotaping stuff in which it looked very psychologically done in good taste.
A good moment with the two of them once again sleeping in bed and then Katie getting up and watching over Micah for hours and then walking away with him waking up and grabbing the camera to go find her around the house which looked very spooky as well as good shots on him looking for her outside sitting on a chair acting very out of it. It certainly left a spooky impression.
There's another moment with them sleeping and then a light flickering on with some thumping sounds as well as the door slamming and then they get up bringing the camera towards the door to find anything which sure scares the hell out of you.
There's a good moment with Micah holding the camera with a microphone trying to talk to the evil spirits in the house which has a good still feeling to it.
A nice shot on Katie sitting on her bed acting crazy and aggressive towards him just not acting herself which looked a little psychotic.
Also a good shot on her lying down and crying with Slot putting the camera aside and lying next to her in which they both acted natural by doing this.
A good shot on Katie being dragged away by a force with her screaming intensely and the door slamming behind her and Micah trying to get her which looked incredibly powerful.
There's a good conversation between Micah telling the psychic on what is happening in the house with this psychic getting uncomfortable telling them what the problem is and trying to get away from the house as soon as he can which looked believeable too.
The work on the ending scene was very spooky but I won't give that one away.
Bottom line is that I heard mixed reviews about this movie and I had to say that the film looked a bit boring for the first part of it in which I was thinking will it ever pick up and get more frightening. Well it does and it did make me jump a bit with the camera filming while the couple are sleeping and crazy things starts to happen. It just gets spookier and spookier. There's great reactions on the two as the house seems to control them showing a psychological element to it all.
The downfall of this is during the daytime when they try to figure out what they encopunter on the computer with their other video camera attached or even trying to mess with a ouija board by leaving it alone looked quite bland and cheesy. The filmmakers tried to make this seem real but it fails a bit.
This film is a bit of a Blair Witch Project ripoff but taking place in a house instead of the woods and dealing with a ghostly witch so they made a couple deal with a ghostly demon. It's nowhere near as spooky or effective either.
The ending is extremely wierd though as you think to yourself "What was that all about?
". The film leaves a door open for a sequel and sure I will check that one out too but this film is saved from being average to above average with the nighttime spooky scene's which really is the only time that the film is very effective. The rest of the times not so much folks.

The acting is in average shape as at times it looks natural with how everyone reacts while videotaping themselves and at times it looked a bit acted out.
Katie Featherston
comes across aggressive nicely when she gets vulgar and obnoxious over certain events that happens in the house as well as knowing how to scream bloody murder too when the hauntings happen mainly when she wakes up or experiences something. Plus knew how to act like she was in a trance or somewhat posessed but other times when she performs this way she seemed to come acorss as melodramatic at times.
Micah Slot
as her boyfriend shows a good goofball bublly and childish attitude in the film as he brings some good energy to his role and really knowing how to act anxious when the paranormal activities starts to occur and he's encountering them. He seems to do a fair job with all of this.

Micah: You're screaming like that over a spider?
Katie: Well, yeah... did you go run and get the camera first?

Katie: You promised me you wouldn't get a fucking Ouija board!
Micah: No - I promised I wouldn't go *buy* Ouija board. I borrowed one.

Katie: I don't give a fuck what that thing says on the Ouija board!

Katie: I said don't mess with that stuff, because it scared me and what do you do? You go out and get the best looking fucking Ouija board I've ever seen and put it in the middle of our living room? Explain that to me.

Micah: Look, babe, can we talk about this? I mean, I'm in control, I've been making progress, and...
Katie: No, you haven't been making progress, and you're *not* in control. *It* is in control, and if you think you're in control, then you're being an idiot! Not a single thing you've done has helped, and I'm sorry, I don't mean to burst your bubble, but the camera hasn't helped and the stupid footprints haven't helped; do you think that thing would have left footprints if it didn't want to? No! It did it because it wanted to! It wanted you to find my photo, it can be anywhere, it can hear what we're saying right now.
Micah: Hey, hey! How the fuck do you know?
Katie: You are absolutely powerless!
Micah: That... that's not true, and you know it.
Katie: Well, get over it.