Paranormal Activity | The hype, the success, and the alternate ending…

October 26, 2009

paranormal_activity_posterThis film is no doubt one of the hottest topics this season. Paranormal Activity is an independent feature ,written and directed by Oren Peli, that tells the story of a young couple plagued by a demonic presence. The young couple, played by Katie Featherston and Micah Sloat, purchase a video camera in hopes of capturing the nightly activity of this demonic presence. What they find and what we see is absolutely terrifying. The film is seen through the lens of the prosumer camera and unlike other films with the same concept, Paranormal Activity spares you the motion sickness by remain fairly stationary throughout. The actors are both natural and comical, just very enjoyable and very relatable. The film gives the viewer a sense, both physically and mentally, that they are truly witnessing these experiences. The way the film looks and feels so real really heightens the terror factor when you are waiting for and seeing the happenings. Paranormal Activity is a goosebumps, skin-crawling, anxious, sort of terror that gets your blood pumping. You do have to be a bit patient in waiting for the occurrences, but when they happen they just get progressively more intense. I’ve seen it twice, and both times I felt the same amount of sheer terror. I believe it is definitely one of the most terrifying films in years.

Oren Peli made this film on a budget of a mere $15,000, back in 2006. Last week the film given a wide release and took the number one spot, raking in 22 million dollars bring it’s total box office to 62 million dollars. No matter who you consult, that is a outstanding achievement.

Now I was at first surprised to hear that the ending in the film wasn’t the original. Upon viewing the film Mr. Steven Spielberg suggested an different ending which is the one being shown in the theaters. Personally I think the new ending is fantastic and I like it a considerable amount more than the original. Here is the original ending…

(DO NOT WATCH UNLESS YOU’VE SEEN THE FILM, don’t ruin it for yourself)

This film is quite possibly my favorite film of the year. A

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