October 11, 2009

Last night a friend of mine texted me asking if me and my girlfriend wanted to go see paranormal activity. I said that I would be interested but i was curious as to where since paranormal activity is not something you just stumble upon. It's the kinda thing where you gotta go to a specific place, like a haunted house or hotel or something. He then informed me he was talking about Paranormal Activity the movie! Me and my girlfriend chuckled at the hilarity for about 15 minutes and then we got a hold of reality and ended up seeing the movie.

I guess it's obvious, from the long intro written above, that i never heard anything about this movie and just went into it cold turkey. I have to say it is pretty chilling. It works the same way as The Blair Witch Project does, i.e. hand held camera, "reality" footage and so on. So if you liked Blair Witch this is a must see for you.

The film focuses around the two main characters, Katie and Micah, a couple of three years who just moved in together. Little does poor Micah know, his girlfriend has been followed by a weird demon presence since she was 8. I don't know about anyone else but that would kinda kill it a little for me. Like yo, I know I love you and shit but I can't be having demons taking up real estate in my crib. ANYWAY...

They (the media) are saying this is one of the scariest films ever. I have to say this is probably one of the scariest movies I've ever seen. It's not your traditional horror film filled with acts of terror every five minutes, this one creeps up on you. For an hour and half it slowly gets worse and worse for Katie and Micah, each night in their house is weirder than the last. This is the type of movie I'd rather not watch in my house alone in the middle of the night with the lights off. I'm not saying everyone will be scared but it's definitely eerie. The film works because it is a mockumentary, it is made to seem real. While we all know it is not real, if the film were shot in a traditional fiction way it would not be as chilling.

I also just want to add that probably the scariest thing about this movie is what you don't see but imagine. The scariest thing we have is our imagination, the same exact thing that makes us believe that noise we heard last night was maybe more than a noise. I'm reminded of Star Wars, when Luke asks Yoda what's in the cave and Yoda says, "Only what you take with you." Because we don't see everything in Paranormal Activity our minds fill the blanks and that's more horrifying than seeing it.

If you want to watch a good horror film, I say check out Paranormal Activity. Just calling it a good horror movie is saying a lot because good horror films are hard to come by these days.

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