Gregg Experiences Paranormal Activity

Paranormal ActivityBefore October 8th, 2009, I had no idea there was a movie out there called Paranormal Activity.  On October 9th, I saw the film and you can bet that I will never forget it.  In a year filled with a lot of garbage as far as movies go, I stress to you, I urge you to go see this film.  I’d say it was a breath of fresh air, but the movie was so overpowering at times that it literally took my breath away. 

With a cast of four and a production budget hovering in the realm of $15,000, Paranormal Activity has been jettisoned into the halls of profitability, thanks to fan demand.  Paramount had different intentions originally, only showing the film in select theaters across the country.  Today, it’s at 159 locations and that number is likely to grow.  So what exactly is this film about beside the obvious title?  Enter Katie and Micah, a boyfriend-girlfriend couple residing in Micah’s San Diego home where unexplained noises have been going ‘bump in the night’ more than once.  Micah invests in a high-tech camera that’s capable of capturing footage at night with the hopes of getting some idea of what it is. 

What you will experience from there is one white-knuckling ride, but I have to throw out a warning…you must bear with this film.  It is slow going early on, but the film’s deliberate progression is necessary.  Once it gets going, put your seatbelt on and look out.  There was one scene in particular I encountered where I have never experienced such a feeling of helplessness.  The terror level was absolutely through the roof to the point where it felt like I forgot how to breathe.  The screams that filled the theater from my fellow movie-goers were proof enough of the movie’s ghastly content, let alone the fact that one woman darted down the stadium-seating stairs and out the door. 

If you think I’m kidding when I say you’ll be scared, don’t let the miniscule budget fool you.  Whatever the big-budget horror remakes try to accomplish pale in comparison to the uncanny realism you’ll find in Paranormal Activity.  I shall say no more about this film other than it’s actually a product of 2007, not released until 2009 and has an official runtime of 99 minutes.  Go see it in the theater now.  If it’s not at a theater near you, visit the film’s official website at http://www.paranormalactivity-movie.com/ and demand it! 

Paranormal Activity Theatrical Poster


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3 Responses to “Gregg Experiences Paranormal Activity”

  1. Sandy

    Perhaps it was the fact that I saw this movie at a matinee, with a matinee crowd, but truth be told -not one person screamed. This really surprised my movie companion, since I’m usually the H.S.I.C. (head screamer in charge); my silence spoke volumes. I did hold my breath a few times and braced for the moment, but it never came. I didn’t hate this movie, but it was simply okay for me.

  2. Gregg

    Thanks for the comment, Sandy. This is sometimes the beauty of going to a debut or even a midnight showing. You get that crowd that’s gung-ho about being there and you can get that full effect; part movie, part audience contribution. A movie is like bread. After a day, it’s not new anymore.

  3. Polprav

    Hello from Russia!
    Great review!
    Can I quote a post in your blog with the link to you?