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Paranormal Activity (2007) [Sep. 25th, 2009|08:30 am]

Count me among the "sucked in." I want to see the Blair Witch Bedroom.

Confession: I really enjoyed The Blair Witch Project when it first arrived in the local independent movie house. I enjoyed it enough to invite friends back to watch it with me ... to see it myself, a 2nd time. Even though it doesn't have lasting value, it was a huge success.

In general, I enjoy the well-done films among this style of faux-documentary. [Rec] was one of those well-done docushockers, and it went on to be remade into Quarantine. I didn't see Cloverfield, but I've heard plenty of positive comments from friends about it.

Using 'live' footage is a tool sometimes used in conventional films, to great effect. One of the most gripping parts of the film Signs was the use of the video footage, with the emphasis on actor Joaquin Phoenix's shock.

Has anyone seen this? The trailer ... I've never seen the test audience used in the trailer before, I don't believe. Also, from their webpage ... lol @ this (Los Angeles Times via Film's Website):

Steven Spielberg was certain his copy of "Paranormal Activity" was haunted.

It was early 2008, and the director's DreamWorks studio was trying to decide whether it wanted to be a part of the micro-budgeted supernatural thriller. As the story goes, Spielberg had taken a "Paranormal Activity" DVD to his Pacific Palisades estate, and not long after he watched it, the door to his empty bedroom inexplicably locked from the inside, forcing him to summon a locksmith.

While Spielberg didn't want the "Paranormal Activity" disc anywhere near his home -- he brought the movie back to DreamWorks in a garbage bag, colleagues say -- he very much shared his studio's enthusiasm for director Oren Peli's haunting story about the demonic invasion of a couple's suburban tract house.

Clever marketing.