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Wednesday, December 9, 2009

“Paranormal Activity” provides new definition of horror

By Wayne Boykin II

“Paranormal Activity” takes fictional documentaries to the next level and puts “The Blair Witch Project” to shame. The camera position and performances of the actors truly enhance the real-life appearance of the film.

The setting of “Paranormal Activity” is the newly purchased home of a couple named Katie Featherston and Micah Sloat. When they begin noticing paranormal activity at home, Micah buys a camera to capture it. First, the couple notices weird sounds and slamming doors, but when Micah provokes the demon, the activity picks up. Footprints appear in powder placed on the floor, and Katie is forcefully dragged from the bed and down the hall.

“Paranormal Activity” is not your ordinary horror movie. You won’t see the blood or gore you might expect in the Saw, Chucky or Leprechaun movies; however, it is not needed to make this story believable. This is a new spin on the classic horror movies that are created to keep you on the edge of your seat and make you wonder what will happen next.

Some reviewers have panned this film because of the poor acting and the extra footage that contains no paranormal activity, but in reality, both of these play huge roles in making this fake documentary appear realistic. The actors are not acting; they seem to be real people. The extra footage is interesting and provides the audience with a storyline to follow while also giving the illusion that the footage they are seeing is not made up.

Although the action in the movie does start out a little slow, it truly plays into the realness of the story. The paranormal activity only happens when provoked by the characters.

To make this movie worth seeing, you must use your imagination and not limit yourself to the typical blood and gore that is in every other new Hollywood horror movie. I would not recommend renting this movie and watching it in your house alone.

Katie and Micah react to a shadow on the door. Photo courtesy of

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