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Paranormal Activity January 17, 2010

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Just the other day, Sonal and I were discussing, how we haven’t been treated to a really scary horror movie like Bhoot or Omen. Most of the so called horror movies coming out of Hollywood (Dawn of the Dead, 28 days/weeks/months/light years later etc) has been pure and unadulterated trash. Even Bollywood, with offerings like Vastu Shashtra, hasdn’t come up with any thing worth remembering.

‘Paranormal Activity’ was what it took to break the monotony of the typical horror movie definition. Devoid of any blood, gore or loud absurd music, the movie targets our primal fear.

At the heart of the movie is a young couple, Katie and Micah, who feel that there is something ‘not human’ in their house. The man of the house decides to take care of ‘things’ on his own, by filming the unexplainable activities in their house. The camera is ‘on’ even while they sleep. What follows is best described as eerie and heart stopping. Moving doors, lights switching on and off by itself, heavy footsteps, sleepwalking Katie, and other stuff which will surely have a chill running up and down your spine.

What made the entire movie so believable was the minimalistic use of technology and the way that it was shot. The entire movie is shot using a hand held camera, which gives it an air of authenticity. There were many scenes in the movie where I gasped in sheer horror, and had to tell myself that this was just a movie. Before, i went in the theater, a lot of folks had told me that the movie was over hyped, and my expectations were set accordingly. The movie is anything but over hyped. The girl sitting in the row in front of us was sobbing the loudest that i have ever seen anyone cry.

Oren Peli, the director, has done a marvelous job with the camera works, and i can safely say that he may have just started a new trend of movie making.

Even the college crowd, who can typically take the fun out of any late night horror flick, were shut up for once.

I guess no one slept with the lights off yesterday. I know, i didn’t.

Paranormal Activity is a must watch for the horror fans out there.