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Paranormal Activity – Paranormally Phenomenal!

October 26, 2009 | | Comments 2

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Couldn’t be happier to report – along with everyone from the L.A. Times on down the line – that Paranormal Activity kicked butt at the boxoffice again this weekend.

The film takes it’s cue from great horror films of the past by not relying on gore to create an almost unbearable air of suspense and true fright. I was sitting with a friend at the enormous Arclight Cinerama Dome (a classic L.A. movie house) that was jam packed. It was a Saturday night in Hollywood and the average age in the theater was somewhere around 19 or 20. During quiet moments when the couple have gone to bed and we’re left to observe what happens during the night while they are sleeping – you could have heard a pin drop in that cavernous theater. I don’t think I’ve ever witnessed anything like that. AND – maybe even more shocking – I did not see a single cell phone/mobile device light up during the entire film. You could have cut the tension in the air with a knife.

During one of the early “sleeping” scenes that had gone on for a few minutes – ratcheting up the tension – my buddy spontaneously and completely unintentionally sneezed, and I swear I saw people launch out of their chairs. The entire audience then laughed briefly in a self-conscious “can’t believe we’re so tense that a sneeze set us off” kind of way.

Well – the film is currently at $62.5 million and counting. For a film that cost under $15K to make and which was purchased by Paramount for a reported $300K with a marketing cost of approximately $10million, it’s made a tidy profit already.

Paramount would be foolish not to consider a sequel and I can only hope that they wait for the right script and the right filmmaker to do it with. The L.A. Times quoted Paramount Chairman Brad Grey today as saying, “We have the rights on a worldwide basis to do ‘Paranormal 2′ and we’re looking to see if that makes some sense.”

For those of us who are intrigued by the paranormal (and who isn’t these days?), the possibilities for great stories about ghosts and hauntings are endless. I personally would love to see an end to the stomach turning so-called “torture-porn” of films like Saw and Hostel, and a return to the truly frightening. What’s scarier than a darkened house and unexplained and unseen things that go bump in the night?

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  1. Robert says:

    The more I think about that movie, the more I like it. It really knows how to play with suspense.
    I’m also amazed at how many people think that it’s real — like it’s a documentary or something! It just goes to prove what good performances are given by the actors and how well-made the film is.

  2. Fantastic post on Paranormal Activity 2. The paranormal is certainly not dull.

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