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Plot: After a young, middle-class couple moves into what seems like a typical suburban house, they become increasingly disturbed by a presence that may or may not be demonic but is certainly the most active in the middle of the night. Followed by five terrifying installments in the franchise, this is the original found-footage shocker that started it all.
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Best Bargain in the Basement
Paranormal Activity (R, 1:29) — Fantasy: Supernatural, bargain basement, original
“Significance” is one of several dimensions I use to categorize SF&F films. It refers to the amount of resources — writing, acting, sets, costumes, effects, promotion, etc. — thrown into any particular movie, and I drop things into 4 pigeonholes: biggie, 2nd string, 3rd string, and bargain basement.
Earlier this week I put The Age of Stupid into the last of these (movies that could have been made in somebody’s basement), but Paranormal Activity is even basementier. In fact, compared to its siblings, The Blair Witch Project and Cloverfield, it may be the basementiest feature film ever released. You could make 10 of these for what Transformers probably blew on latex alone.
But that brings us to the “bargain” part. Dollar for dollar, you get about a zillion times more entertainment out of Paranormal Activity than you do out of even good blockbusters like Iron Man, let alone such overblown, overfrenetic, overloud crap as Transformers.
The movie is set entirely in a single house and features only 2 actors, both nonentities, aside from fleeting appearances by a couple of equally unknown supporting actors. It’s all filmed with a consumer video camera, and much of the film is devoted to what that camera, mounted on a tripod in the young couple’s bedroom, captures on its ultra-low-light setting as they sleep each night away for 2 weeks in late 2006.
As we learn in the opening sequence, it’s a pretty expensive camera, and Katie Featherston (playing a character of the same name) is fretting over the cost, but her boyfriend, Micah Sloat (ditto), assures her that he makes that much money in a single morning. It develops that she’s an English-lit student and he’s a day trader.
Of more interest is why they acquired this geeky gizmo. Katie’s been haunted by strange apparitions at least since she was 8 years old, and at the beginning Micah is humoring her by indulging his penchant for guy toys with a view toward capturing some of her more recent paranormal visitations on audio and video. He’s pretty skeptical, but soon enuf weird poltergeistic effects start showing up on tape, just tiny little things, but inexplicable, and gradually he dials down the scoffing and (honest, well earned) chuckles and starts thinking this is “cool” (and, we are left to infer, possibly profitable). Katie, meanwhile, gets increasingly jittery and frightened. Neither is sleeping well, and they start snapping at each other, followed by regrets and reassurances.
The dialog and performances are absolutely, totally, 100% realistic. Katie and Micah behave and talk exactly as you would expect of any happy young couple. Nothing is forced or artificial. The film completely avoids all horror-movie clichés. No cats jump at you out of the dark. Every time they flip a switch, the lights reliably come on. There are none of those cheap tricks where you see a character all alone in a wide-angle shot, then cut to a close-up as a hand appears out of nowhere from behind. In fact, almost all the shots are long, fixed- camera, wide-angle perspectives, and you can see exactly what’s going on at all times (including the time stamp in the lower right corner).
All of which make this the kind of movie that I’m always hoping for — an original story, well told, effective, using believable characters and, at least in this case, not needing a huge budget to get the job done.
Since I saw it the same day as Pandorum (3), with its seizure-inducing stroboscopic credits, I must also say a good word about the closing credits for Paranormal Activity: 3 minutes of total black screen. True to the producers’ conceit, they maintain the illusion of documentarihood to the very end.
“Paranormal” is extra-ordinary
I was fortunate to see this film about a year ago, and have become curious as to why it still has not seen the light of day. A little research has indicated it still might.
The storytelling here is simple but also inspired. Young couple Katie and Micah plan to film their home at night while sleeping in hopes of capturing evidence of a ghost that seems to haunting them, or more precisely Katie, since this is not the first time she has experienced these type of visitations. We watch the footage of the young couple sleeping and gradually things do start to happen. Katie and Micah also film themselves discussing the situation, a visit from a spiritualist, and a few other random moments. Doesn’t sound like much, right? Or that it could possibly be the slightest bit scary. Well, Oren Peli’s little indie film is everything a scary movie should be. In other words, it is indeed very scary.
Peli accomplishes the improbable through utilizing tension, character and imagination. The found footage concept used in the movie, a la “Blair Witch”, “Cloverfield” and the recent “Quarantine”, is perhaps slightly more effective in this situation. It’s usually a still camera with things sometimes occurring just beyond what we can see. The result is a heightened sense of reality and a greater sense of dread as to what those sounds could be. We’ve all been there. We here a noise out in the dark and are frightened by the unknown. Peli seems to understand this greatly and uses it to great effect. When the camera does move it is often done slowly, perhaps in an effort to avoid the shaky-cam effect, but it also helps create greater tension.
But perhaps the one element most important to this film’s success is the performance by Katie Featherston. In the beginning we meet a sweet young woman who has concerns about what could be happening to her. Perhaps a metaphor for fears regarding her relationship with Micah and their new home. As we approach the final scenes, Katie has been reduced to a person on the verge of a nervous breakdown, and we are deeply concerned for her well being. Each night as our young couple goes off to sleep we experience a deeper and greater dread that something bad is going to happen, and we don’t like it. It helps that Ms. Featherston is an unknown (it’s difficult to imagine caring this way about a recognizable actor) but her ability to create a believable and sympathetic character is remarkable and turns an effective thriller into something extraordinary.
It’s not often that a movie will truly have me on the edge of my seat. Watching it I was reminded of those days long ago when I first saw “The Exorcist”, “Halloween” and “Alien”; movies that have stayed with me over time as moments spent in a theatre genuinely frightened. It doesn’t happen that often anymore, movies are either too gimmicky or too unbelievable or too music video flashy to get to me. But a little movie made with no money and no special effects did. To the cast and crew of “Paranormal Activity” – Thank you!
p.s. with regards to the future of this movie, the latest news is that it will be released and not remade as earlier planned. No idea when that will happen, but I’m keeping my fingers crossed that this special little film doesn’t get left on a shelf.
Original Language en
Runtime 1 hr 26 min (86 min), 1 hr 37 min (97 min) (festival), 1 hr 24 min (84 min) (unrated)
Genre Horror, Mystery
Director Oren Peli
Writer Oren Peli
Actors Katie Featherston, Micah Sloat, Mark Fredrichs, Amber Armstrong
Awards 3 wins & 12 nominations.
Production Company Blumhouse
Sound Mix Dolby Digital
Aspect Ratio 1.85 : 1
Camera Sony HDR-FX1, Zeiss Zoom Lenses
Film Length 2,346 m (Spain), 2,350 m (Portugal, 35 mm)
Negative Format HDV (1080i)
Cinematographic Process Digital Intermediate (master format), HDV (source format)
Printed Film Format 35 mm, D-Cinema