Paranormal Activity

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Solana Films Released 2007

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Director:
Oren Peli
Released:
2007
Rating:
R

Paranormal Activity is a 2007 supernatural horror film that became an instant box office success. The film follows a young couple, Katie and Micah, as they move into their new home. Little do they know, the new home in which they reside happens to be haunted by paranormal entities. What we soon find out is that Katie has been haunted all of her life and that the hauntings are no coincidence and no simple ghost. In fact, Katie is being haunted by an evil demon that has followed her into her new home. The film uses a documentary style technique to show the seat jumping and often highly convincing paranormal events. The film is considered to be one of the most profitable films ever made due to it's enormous return on investment. The film's budget was $15,000 and made a whopping $193 million. The rights to the film were bought by Paramount Pictures for a measly $350,000. The profit inspired the creation of a sequel film.

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  • 80

    Los Angeles Times Betsy Sharkey

    Peli works at mining the unknown, the unknowable, like a minimalist, using small moments and virtually no special effects exceedingly well.

  • 80

    Variety Dennis Harvey

    Paranormal succeeds in staying unnervingly "real."

  • 50

    The New York Times A.O. Scott

    A crudely made, half-clever little frightener that has become something of a pop-culture sensation and most certainly the movie marketing story of the year.

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paranormal experts, demonic resurrection, unexplained phenomena, Thrillers, Supernatural