Sunday, November 1, 2009

Small Budget Blows Box Office

Paranormal Activity

When listening to a conversation in class about the anticipation of Paranormal Activity, I was astonished on how well the preview of the movie was projected with such a small budget to work with. Having been released on October 16th, 2009, the thriller almost reached a total of 85 million in box office totals. I myself find it hard to believe, as the film is only 90 minutes long.

The film received great reviews, as Rotten Tomatoes describes the film aswith this statement: "Using its low-budget effects and mockumentary method to great result, Paranormal Activity turns a simple haunted house story into 90 minutes of relentless suspense". Both IMDB and Rotten Tomatoes user ratings averaged at about a 7.5 out of 10.

If you do not know the plot of this film, the storyline follows the life of a young couple, Katie and Micah. When Katie suggests a ghost has followed her to their suburban home in San Diego, California, Micah buys a video camera in the hopes of capturing paranormal activity on film, a project that will ultimately last three weeks. Attempting to communicate with the entity is strongly discouraged during a visit to their house by Dr. Fredrichs, a psychic who assesses that they are being plagued by a demon which feeds off "negative energy" and is intent on haunting Katie no matter where she goes. Dr. Fredrichs also recommended the two contact Dr. Abrams, a demonologist, and Micah's reluctance to do so leads to frequent arguments between the couple. Each night, Micah leaves the video camera on a tripod in their bedroom to record whatever might be occurring while he and Katie sleep. He manages to document several phenomena such as objects moving on their own, lights and televisions switching on and off, and sounds ranging from voices and growls to footsteps and loud thuds. Will they ever resolve this issue and make amends with the demonic presence?

Now its time to find out!

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