PARANORMAL ACTIVITY (2007 U.S.) D/W/P: OREN PELI P: JASON BLUM
A young couple use a video camera to document a possible haunting. The "found" footage slowly reveals what happened to them. Post-BLAIR WITCH in style and also in success, reprtedly made for $15,000 and ended up grossing millions, all because of word-of-mouth. It started by impressing at film festivals, and then went mainsteam and global. I caught it in early 2010, Tokyo, in a theatre full of squealing teenage girls, some of whom thought what they saw was real. I find it very difficult to understand what all the fuss is about ([・REC] was much better, for example), but it genuinely seems to have effected many. There were several alternate endings. The most widely seen, theatrical one uses CGI and jars with the realism of the rest of it, but because i think it doesn`t work in the intended fashion anyway, the ending is fine with me, adding a badly needed jolt. Viewers who were impressed seem to prefer the other low-key endings. Apparently the theatrical ending was suggested by Steven Spielberg, proving that sometimes the man knows what he`s talking about. There was a sequel.

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