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Trailer Showdown: Paranormal Activity vs. Test Audience
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Tuesday, 20 October 2009 11:24

The Invisible ManParanormal Activity is being pinned as this generation's "The Exorcist" with reviews ranging from "Scariest Movie of the Year" to describing the audience as having been "physically-shaken". The film follows in the tradition of The Blair Witch Project, REC, Quarantine and Cloverfield in bringing a reality to the events happening with a hand-held camera as a couple investigate the possibility of a demonic disturbance in their new suburban home.

Writer-director of Paranormal Activity, Oren Peli, uses tension, character and the audience's imagination to elevate the film's scare factor. Not being able to make out whether it's a ghost or not, keeps the audience in a heightened sense of uncertainty, where any sudden movements on screen could send an movie-going audience scuttling.

The intimacy of the setting, simplicity of the story and authenticity of the characters, brings this "home video" into our realm. Suddenly, the cinema opens itself up to the world of Paranormal Activity and invites the atmosphere into our space. Big mistake. This is definitely one for the Ghostbusters... Real, Original, Live-Action or otherwise.

Horror fans will love this indie gem for its edge-of-seat tenacity, while the faint-hearted will be talking about it for days. Paranormal Activity is a movie that will stay with you - it doesn't play too gimmicky and is homegrown enough to carry a deep sense of realism.

Watch the original Paranormal Activity trailer and then watch the one with a test audience's actual responses to the film.





Last Updated on Wednesday, 21 October 2009 14:29