Some movies are a more shared experience than others, and that’s certainly the case with “Paranormal Activity,” a micro-budget horror flick about things that go bump in the you-know-what in a nice new home.
Paramount hopes this will become the new “Blair Witch Project,” and at the right moments, it is genuinely hair-raising. Something about seeing terror through the viewfinder of a video camera lends it
, like watching “America’s Scariest Home Videos.”
Katie (Katie Featherston) and Micah (Micah Sloat) are young, rising middle-class unsophisticates who share a two-story house in a San Diego subdivision. But she’s hearing things. She’s “haunted,” she insists.
Her can-do beau wires up a new camcorder with night vision to record them, day and night, to see what is making all those weird noises. Micah, a day trader, isn’t buying her frights, and taunts whatever it is that’s scaring her:
“That’s all you’ve got? I’m calling you out!”
Katie summons a psychic, who only warns “You can’t run away from this.”
Night after night, they gather video evidence that something is messing with their relationship, their sleep and the covers on their bed.
This is more fun than most studio horror films that drop into theaters most weekends. Is it scarier? Only occasionally. But if it doesn’t spoil your sleep, at least it’ll put a damper on any bedroom camcorder games you have planned.