Release Date: October 02, 2009
Audience: Older teenagers and adults
Runtime: 99 minutes
Distributor: DreamWorks/Paramount Pictures/Viacom
Director: Oren Peli
Executive Producer: Steven Schneider
Producer: Oren Peli and Jason Blum
Writer: Oren Peli
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Shot in a documentary style, the movie opens with a young man named Micah greeting his live-in girlfriend, Katie, one day with the new expensive camera he’s bought. He explains to her that he wants to record the paranormal activities that seem to be following her. Katie is afraid, however, that the camera will only aggravate the spirit that seems to be haunting her.
Of course, she turns out to be right, but Micah keeps using the camera, even when a psychic tells them that they are actually being haunted by a demon. He recommends a demonologist to help them, but Micah convinces Katie that he and the camera can handle a stupid demon.
As the demon increases its haunting efforts, the tension between Micah and Katie increases. It becomes clear that Micah resents that Katie did not tell him she’s been haunted for years by this supernatural being.
PARANORMAL ACTIVITY has some clever scary moments, but it takes too long to get to the meat of the conflict between the demon and this misguided couple. Also, both of these young people seem to be as stupid as all get-out when it comes to protecting themselves from demonic activity. Finally, in the end, the demon is victorious. Thus, PARANORMAL ACTIVITY becomes abhorrent and demonic in and of itself.
As C.S. Lewis noted long ago, there are two mistakes people can make when it comes to Satan and his demons. The first mistake is not taking them seriously enough. The second mistake is thinking that they are more powerful than they really are, especially when compared to Jesus Christ, Lord of Lord and King of Kings. PARANORMAL ACTIVITY commits both of these mistakes. Clearly, the demonic is nothing to sneer at, but Jesus Christ has the ultimate power in both Heaven and this universe.
PARANORMAL ACTIVITY also contains an excessive amount of gratuitous foul language. Were it not for the strong foul language, the movie could have been rated PG-13.
Shot in documentary style, PARANORMAL ACTIVITY has some clever scary moments, but it takes too long to get to the meat of the conflict between the demon and this misguided couple. In fact, both of these characters seem to be really stupid. Finally, in the end, the demon is victorious. Thus, the foul-mouthed PARANORMAL ACTIVITY becomes abhorrent and demonic in and of itself.