Throwback Thursday: ‘Paranormal Activity’ (2007)

Twelve years ago, Paranormal Activity was the low-budget, do-it-yourself horror film success story of 2007: Made for a paltry $15,000 or so, it found a receptive audience and grossed $193 million worldwide.  Based on the return of investment (Paramount/DreamWorks acquired the film rights for $350,000), it is allegedly the most profitable film in the history of film.  The movie spawned 5 sequels (technically six, if you count the 100% authorized Japanese release Paranormal Activity 2: Tokyo Night), with the most recent, 2015’s Paranormal Activity: The Ghost Dimension said to be the final chapter in the series. But it all began with the original.  Paranormal Activity being a horror movie, the plot is fairly straightforward and standard: a twenty-something couple, Micah and Katie, live in relative quiet and happiness until Micah brings home a video camera to document the strange occurrences that happen during the night. Katie reveals that she has been haunted since childhood, and hires a psychic to investigate. The psychic, like every other psychic who’s ever existed or ever will exist, provides no help at all except to advise the couple to call a demonologist and not try to confront the monster themselves. You can guess what happens next: they ignore […]

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