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"Paranormal Activity" is the real deal

by George Hickman on September 28, 2009

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“Paranormal Activity” movie review

Find out why Eric’s actual theater-going experience ruined the movie for him here.

I try really hard to go into movies without prejudice. But with the advertising tactics being employed to push “Paranormal Activity,” I’ve found it very difficult to not be extremely skeptical.

Take a look at the posters. They’re going for an amateur/home-made/printed at Kinko’s look I find almost infuriating. Of course, the trailers that contain more scenes of people reacting to the movie than actual scenes from the movie is a pretty brilliant way to sell it. The midnight screenings in college towns and the whole “demand it in your area” campaign is also clever, if also slightly annoying.

paranormal activity 2009I get it. They’re trying to capture that “Blair Witch” magic. But this Herculean task is difficult particularly because of the backlash “The Blair Witch Project” inspired. The movie that launched a thousand shaky-cams disappointed those who thought the footage might be real, or didn’t care about the characters, or were expecting more scares or gore.

But while Paramount has been careful to not explicitly state that the footage that comprises the movie is real, they’re being coy in a way that will leave many people to assume it is. Nowhere is this more clear than in the introductory text, which is something to the affect of “Paramount Studios would like to thank the families of Katie Featherston and Micah Sloat, and the San Diego Police Department.”

I don’t think the movie needs it, but I can appreciate that it ratchets up the suspense by narrowing down the places it can go. But its inevitable that some people are going to take that it at face value and assume its real. Make no mistake, this isn’t real. These are actors.

Fortunately, they’re good actors. I don’t know if any of the dialogue is improvised, but the way they talk to each other will feel very familiar to anyone who has ever been in a long term relationship that is facing a crisis. Both characters are charming and amiable in the same way that makes reality television appealing. Even when both have their stubborn moments, this movie never falls into the trap of making either character an illogical stereotype. They’re not movie star attractive, and actually look and talk like an average couple. This is a big part of a definite sense of realism that really grounds the proceedings.

paranormal activity 2009Of course, realistic can be good, but also boring. Thankfully, the tight editing and smart pacing keeps that from happening. The plot is simple: A couple in a long term relationship have recently moved in together. As they start to notice strange noises and other unexplained phenomena, the girl reveals she’s been seemingly followed by those phenomena since she was a young girl. Confident that there’s a rational explanation, the boyfriend buys an expensive camera that can also record in the dark. He figures that after a few days of nothing strange captured on video they can both put it to rest.

Of course things don’t quite turn out that way, and a visit from a psychic leaves him more skeptical and her more afraid of what they’re dealing with. It seems the more attention they grant the phenomena and the more they fight over what to do, the more empowered and active it seems to become. What is it exactly that’s toying with them? And is there anything they can do? Are there lives in danger? These questions all make for an engaging and suspenseful movie, filled with some of the most affecting jump scare moments I’ve ever experienced.

There are also a lot of filmmaking lessons to be learned by how this movie builds its suspense and payoffs. First off, the movie’s assembled as if from found footage, and only things of interest pertaining to the haunting is shown. This makes for some skipping around in time and fast forwarding through long, static shots. As most of the strange things that happen occur at night while they’re asleep, the static camera angle it returns to is a cue to the audience that something bad is about to happen. This just ends up putting you on edge so that you’re still caught off guard once something does happen.

In addition, nearly all of the camera work is brilliantly executed. Sure, there’s some dreaded shaky-cam moments as one character or the other begin to play with the camera, but on my first viewing I didn’t notice any “cheats.” No moment stuck out that seemed unlikely it could have naturally occurred the way it did by incorporating the camera.

The special effects themselves also deserve credit for being fairly seamless and really selling the proceedings. In fact, nearly all aspects of this movie are stronger than expected. This really is the little scary movie that could, and I have no doubt it will find a huge audience that will appreciate it. Ultimately, “Paranormal Activity” is disturbingly good and good at disturbing.

George Hickman

George Hickman is the first child conceived and raised by a sentient television and an anthropomorphic video store. He is a true Texan, in the sense that it is true that he lives in Texas. He spends his days making the Internet work and his nights surviving on the sustenance that only flickering lights and moving pictures can bring. There were no survivors.

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1 SANDY October 18, 2009 at 7:17 am

I WENT AND SEEN THIS LAST NIGHT AND IT WAS A GOOD FLICK BUT I FOUND IT TO BE MORE AMUSING THAT SCAREY

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2 SANDY October 18, 2009 at 7:17 am

I WENT AND SEEN THIS LAST NIGHT AND IT WAS A GOOD FLICK BUT I FOUND IT TO BE MORE AMUSING THAT SCAREY

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3 Jennifer October 18, 2009 at 1:24 pm

I laughed only one time during the movie and that was a scene when she was yanked out of bed. I believe that the actors did a great job and Katie’s screams of horror raised the hairs on the back of my neck. I thought it was generally a good horror flick. At first its slow but towards the end it starts picking up the pace. Even in the theater there were screams from audience members. Me personally never screamed during the movie but it did get my heart rate going.

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4 Jennifer October 18, 2009 at 1:24 pm

I laughed only one time during the movie and that was a scene when she was yanked out of bed. I believe that the actors did a great job and Katie’s screams of horror raised the hairs on the back of my neck. I thought it was generally a good horror flick. At first its slow but towards the end it starts picking up the pace. Even in the theater there were screams from audience members. Me personally never screamed during the movie but it did get my heart rate going.

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5 d October 18, 2009 at 2:48 pm

its a pretty good movie, there are some comica parts but its in the dialog, not the actual events. probably the scariest movie i have seen. very very disturbing.

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6 d October 18, 2009 at 2:48 pm

its a pretty good movie, there are some comica parts but its in the dialog, not the actual events. probably the scariest movie i have seen. very very disturbing.

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7 Olivia October 18, 2009 at 9:11 pm

i just saw this movie a few hours ago and had to look up more research on it. definately one of the best movies i have ever seen and truly scary and disturbing. i found myself curled up and in tears during the last few minutes of the movie. i recommend everyone to see it but not if your easily scared. i will definately not be sleeping well tonight..

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8 Olivia October 18, 2009 at 9:11 pm

i just saw this movie a few hours ago and had to look up more research on it. definately one of the best movies i have ever seen and truly scary and disturbing. i found myself curled up and in tears during the last few minutes of the movie. i recommend everyone to see it but not if your easily scared. i will definately not be sleeping well tonight..

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9 Josh October 19, 2009 at 5:32 pm

Horrifying…. The way the movie builds suspense slowly at first but ends in a dead sprint to leave you seeing Katie’s face for the rest of your life was amazing. Also the way that the trailer shows Micha being thrown at the cammera has every person looking at the door when he gets up at night even though there are shadows and stirings else where. One of the most briliant movies I’ve seen for this budget low of a budget. I might even go see it again to see if I pick up on more paranormal activity.

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10 Josh October 19, 2009 at 5:32 pm

Horrifying…. The way the movie builds suspense slowly at first but ends in a dead sprint to leave you seeing Katie’s face for the rest of your life was amazing. Also the way that the trailer shows Micha being thrown at the cammera has every person looking at the door when he gets up at night even though there are shadows and stirings else where. One of the most briliant movies I’ve seen for this budget low of a budget. I might even go see it again to see if I pick up on more paranormal activity.

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11 Tony October 19, 2009 at 7:43 pm

I saw that movie earlier and I thought I was really believeable and I thought it was funny how the guy was talking shit to the demon

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12 Tony October 19, 2009 at 7:43 pm

I saw that movie earlier and I thought I was really believeable and I thought it was funny how the guy was talking shit to the demon

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13 john October 22, 2009 at 1:04 am

I just watched this movie and was skeptical of how real it is. The way things happened are pretty freaky but when you go through the real thing and have a spirit or demonic presence follow you and try to bug you its no laughing matter. I have experienced this type of haunting but just not to the extent of being touched or attacked. I have heard and seen bizarre things that are unexplainable and freaky. Like hearing the voice of my wife next to me in the shower while she is at the other end of the house and she heard her own voice as well which freaked her out. To having things in the kitchen slam and seeing shadows in the corner of my eye and having lights turn off then back on when someone finally arrives home. Things like this really do happen and it is something you can never fathom. I just have one word of advice to those who have suffered from the same things. Believe in god as your savior and he will help pull you through. But you also have to have faith and a strong will to pull through because if your weak evil will prevail.

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14 john October 22, 2009 at 1:04 am

I just watched this movie and was skeptical of how real it is. The way things happened are pretty freaky but when you go through the real thing and have a spirit or demonic presence follow you and try to bug you its no laughing matter. I have experienced this type of haunting but just not to the extent of being touched or attacked. I have heard and seen bizarre things that are unexplainable and freaky. Like hearing the voice of my wife next to me in the shower while she is at the other end of the house and she heard her own voice as well which freaked her out. To having things in the kitchen slam and seeing shadows in the corner of my eye and having lights turn off then back on when someone finally arrives home. Things like this really do happen and it is something you can never fathom. I just have one word of advice to those who have suffered from the same things. Believe in god as your savior and he will help pull you through. But you also have to have faith and a strong will to pull through because if your weak evil will prevail.

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15 chad October 22, 2009 at 5:54 am

the show was prety scary but i think its a fake. its woth the ten bucks to go see though. good 4 halooween.

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16 chad October 22, 2009 at 5:54 am

the show was prety scary but i think its a fake. its woth the ten bucks to go see though. good 4 halooween.

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17 Kelly October 22, 2009 at 12:36 pm

I just got through watching the movie and really liked it. It was kind of Blair Witchy but overall it was very good. The suspense was good and the actors did a great job. As the author of the main article above put it, “very familiar to anyone who has ever been in a long term relationship that is facing a crisis”. This invites the viewer to rationalize with them.

I found myself mentally high-fiving Micah when he was arguing with Katie. My wife laughed hysterically when he had to apologize to the camera and swear an oath on film. She was nudging me saying,”see who wins in the end”.

Great movie that kept me waiting for the next nightfall. Just don’t take out your Blair Witch anger on them, these guys did it right.

Kelly

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18 Kelly October 22, 2009 at 12:36 pm

I just got through watching the movie and really liked it. It was kind of Blair Witchy but overall it was very good. The suspense was good and the actors did a great job. As the author of the main article above put it, “very familiar to anyone who has ever been in a long term relationship that is facing a crisis”. This invites the viewer to rationalize with them.

I found myself mentally high-fiving Micah when he was arguing with Katie. My wife laughed hysterically when he had to apologize to the camera and swear an oath on film. She was nudging me saying,”see who wins in the end”.

Great movie that kept me waiting for the next nightfall. Just don’t take out your Blair Witch anger on them, these guys did it right.

Kelly

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19 Kelly October 22, 2009 at 12:38 pm

Oh yeah,

It was was just a movie. If you watched the credits it says “The characters and events depicted in this photoplay are ficticious. Any similarity to actual persons, living or dead, is purely coincidental.”

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20 Kelly October 22, 2009 at 12:38 pm

Oh yeah,

It was was just a movie. If you watched the credits it says “The characters and events depicted in this photoplay are ficticious. Any similarity to actual persons, living or dead, is purely coincidental.”

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21 lhyme October 22, 2009 at 9:29 pm

this is real they are my neighbor and all are neighbor is got scared when they saw this video acutally its not a movie it is personaL video of them!.

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22 lhyme October 22, 2009 at 9:29 pm

this is real they are my neighbor and all are neighbor is got scared when they saw this video acutally its not a movie it is personaL video of them!.

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23 Ihyme is an idiot October 23, 2009 at 4:34 am

“this is real they are my neighbor and all are neighbor is got scared when they saw this video acutally its not a movie it is personaL video of them!”

get a life. seriously.

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24 Ihyme is an idiot October 23, 2009 at 4:34 am

“this is real they are my neighbor and all are neighbor is got scared when they saw this video acutally its not a movie it is personaL video of them!”

get a life. seriously.

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25 #12 October 23, 2009 at 9:21 pm

I went to watch the movie yesterday…i think
its pretty good n SCARYYYYYYY… especially the last
two part…AT that point i really did believe
that it WAS REALL… its SCARY IF U THINK ABOUT IT…

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26 #12 October 23, 2009 at 9:21 pm

I went to watch the movie yesterday…i think
its pretty good n SCARYYYYYYY… especially the last
two part…AT that point i really did believe
that it WAS REALL… its SCARY IF U THINK ABOUT IT…

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27 Jessica October 23, 2009 at 9:31 pm

It was a great movie. I was laughing at Micah the whole time. My favorite part is when Katie was drgged down the hall by this so called “demon”. It’s so cool how somebody can protray this character and be so unknow. When I say “this so called demon” I’m not saying that they aren’t real. I am 14 years old which I have been haunted by a demon for many years. Waking up to feeling a presence in my room right over me. Or hearing my name being whispered in my ear. Once I finished seeing Parnormal Activity I felt breathing on me, which nobody was near me. Next, as in a hour later I was pushed down the stairs. I wasn’t even close to the steps. I actually got pushed by this demon. Being on 14 and haunted sucks. I just go to church and pray to God that he wil watch over me.

Jessica

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28 Jessica October 23, 2009 at 9:31 pm

It was a great movie. I was laughing at Micah the whole time. My favorite part is when Katie was drgged down the hall by this so called “demon”. It’s so cool how somebody can protray this character and be so unknow. When I say “this so called demon” I’m not saying that they aren’t real. I am 14 years old which I have been haunted by a demon for many years. Waking up to feeling a presence in my room right over me. Or hearing my name being whispered in my ear. Once I finished seeing Parnormal Activity I felt breathing on me, which nobody was near me. Next, as in a hour later I was pushed down the stairs. I wasn’t even close to the steps. I actually got pushed by this demon. Being on 14 and haunted sucks. I just go to church and pray to God that he wil watch over me.

Jessica

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29 Joe October 24, 2009 at 1:26 am

That was some crazy shIt!! even though those were actors in this ..I would have to believe that the originol tape had to be a lot worse with more intense shit! BUTT YOU HAVE TO ASK YOURSELF——WHAT IF?—–

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30 Joe October 24, 2009 at 1:26 am

That was some crazy shIt!! even though those were actors in this ..I would have to believe that the originol tape had to be a lot worse with more intense shit! BUTT YOU HAVE TO ASK YOURSELF——WHAT IF?—–

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31 Judy October 24, 2009 at 2:46 am

I watched it just an hour ago and I liked that there were no fake scenes. It’s good that they didn’t show a made up character. Instead, there’s a lot of suspense.

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32 Judy October 24, 2009 at 2:46 am

I watched it just an hour ago and I liked that there were no fake scenes. It’s good that they didn’t show a made up character. Instead, there’s a lot of suspense.

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33 Ssobolow October 24, 2009 at 5:17 pm

It’s fake.. it’s a movie… there where other endings… relax

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34 Ssobolow October 24, 2009 at 5:17 pm

It’s fake.. it’s a movie… there where other endings… relax

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35 lm October 24, 2009 at 7:23 pm

movie scared me so much

i need proof the movie was fake, the internet doesn’t do much

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36 lm October 24, 2009 at 7:23 pm

movie scared me so much

i need proof the movie was fake, the internet doesn’t do much

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37 lm October 24, 2009 at 7:26 pm

i meant fake or real****

im not sure if it is fake or real , ahah i dont know why, the internet doesnt give it all away

still a good scare.

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38 lm October 24, 2009 at 7:26 pm

i meant fake or real****

im not sure if it is fake or real , ahah i dont know why, the internet doesnt give it all away

still a good scare.

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39 babyswifey October 24, 2009 at 9:06 pm

i think it is real.. all this stuff had to have happened at some point in time. if you look at other cultures stuff this really happens and they have beliefs about it and ways to keep the bad spirits out. and its illegal to put out a movie without giving credit to EVERYONE that helped..including special effect..so they couldnt have done special effect. if people can believe in god and all the amazing stuff he did..then why cant they believe in ghosts and demonds. so dont say its not real..cause you dont know

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40 babyswifey October 24, 2009 at 9:06 pm

i think it is real.. all this stuff had to have happened at some point in time. if you look at other cultures stuff this really happens and they have beliefs about it and ways to keep the bad spirits out. and its illegal to put out a movie without giving credit to EVERYONE that helped..including special effect..so they couldnt have done special effect. if people can believe in god and all the amazing stuff he did..then why cant they believe in ghosts and demonds. so dont say its not real..cause you dont know

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41 Ivan and rene October 25, 2009 at 7:26 pm

diz movies was killer….but the girl was always bitchy,,,,i love the ouiji board,,the devil star was AWESOME!!! i want 2 get 1 2 lol

loved da part where she was dragged across the hall,,,if yu havent seen diz movie and yu see everyones completely scared out of their wits of it…they are exaggerating,,,paranormal activity was entertaining but not mind blowing scary…it was cool though…FYI diz movies was not real…loved the ending though…the demond was fucking strong though…THE DEVIL RULEZ 666!!!!!!!

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42 Ivan and rene October 25, 2009 at 7:26 pm

diz movies was killer….but the girl was always bitchy,,,,i love the ouiji board,,the devil star was AWESOME!!! i want 2 get 1 2 lol

loved da part where she was dragged across the hall,,,if yu havent seen diz movie and yu see everyones completely scared out of their wits of it…they are exaggerating,,,paranormal activity was entertaining but not mind blowing scary…it was cool though…FYI diz movies was not real…loved the ending though…the demond was fucking strong though…THE DEVIL RULEZ 666!!!!!!!

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43 Glenn October 26, 2009 at 9:37 am

Similarily astyled to Balir Witch, it will inevitably be reconciled with and criticised next to it. For me, BW was tragically short in delivering the suspense and the suspension of disbelief in ‘what if…’. PA however, delivers the suspense and the dread on a slow cooker, and delivers its contents scalding hot! Suspense and dread wise, this is what BW ought to have been, but failed in its presentation.

A young couple move into a detached house and seek to make it their home. The girl carries with her a secret she has not yet found necessary to divulge to her boyfriend, and he, is a million ignorant miles from the type of experiences he is about to suffer, but which she has been afflicted with since her pre-teen years. As the crucible begins to heat up and boil over, we have come to like the couple as they display their mundane life, which is similarly played out by couples throughtout the world, and indeed, their is nothing remotely Hollywoodian about them.

Neither of them are film star gorgeous, but are attractive in a down to earth sort of way. It is this comliness that draws us in, and draws out our empathy towards them. They…could be we, up there, on screen, playing out our supernatural horror show as a warning to others. Something is amiss, something stirs the night’s ambience and drops it down into a dark pool of terror, and the couple are taken on a tormented ride of psychological hysteria which is reflected in the audience’s reactions. This is definately a pot-burner for Halloween!

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44 Glenn October 26, 2009 at 9:37 am

Similarily astyled to Balir Witch, it will inevitably be reconciled with and criticised next to it. For me, BW was tragically short in delivering the suspense and the suspension of disbelief in ‘what if…’. PA however, delivers the suspense and the dread on a slow cooker, and delivers its contents scalding hot! Suspense and dread wise, this is what BW ought to have been, but failed in its presentation.

A young couple move into a detached house and seek to make it their home. The girl carries with her a secret she has not yet found necessary to divulge to her boyfriend, and he, is a million ignorant miles from the type of experiences he is about to suffer, but which she has been afflicted with since her pre-teen years. As the crucible begins to heat up and boil over, we have come to like the couple as they display their mundane life, which is similarly played out by couples throughtout the world, and indeed, their is nothing remotely Hollywoodian about them.

Neither of them are film star gorgeous, but are attractive in a down to earth sort of way. It is this comliness that draws us in, and draws out our empathy towards them. They…could be we, up there, on screen, playing out our supernatural horror show as a warning to others. Something is amiss, something stirs the night’s ambience and drops it down into a dark pool of terror, and the couple are taken on a tormented ride of psychological hysteria which is reflected in the audience’s reactions. This is definately a pot-burner for Halloween!

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45 pothead October 27, 2009 at 11:42 am

movie is gay liked when she got pulled from her bed but still gay also the ending is just plain gay they shoot the girl and then the movie ends with their picture at the end

who ever made this movie just go kill yourself and film it now that will be scary

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46 pothead October 27, 2009 at 11:42 am

movie is gay liked when she got pulled from her bed but still gay also the ending is just plain gay they shoot the girl and then the movie ends with their picture at the end

who ever made this movie just go kill yourself and film it now that will be scary

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47 Dylan October 27, 2009 at 5:51 pm

If you pay attention to all the mall details, youll find the movie IS real footage. And for all the idiots thinking other wise have big mouths without doing thier research first. Clearly says in the begining, thanks to the family and police department for the release of **THIS FOOTAGE**. this means that this acutal taped was used as evidence in court to find out what happend to this poor haunted couple. There are no credits at the end, and no special effects dude!

C’MON! my little sister could have figured that out!

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48 Dylan October 27, 2009 at 5:51 pm

If you pay attention to all the mall details, youll find the movie IS real footage. And for all the idiots thinking other wise have big mouths without doing thier research first. Clearly says in the begining, thanks to the family and police department for the release of **THIS FOOTAGE**. this means that this acutal taped was used as evidence in court to find out what happend to this poor haunted couple. There are no credits at the end, and no special effects dude!

C’MON! my little sister could have figured that out!

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49 Eric Melin October 28, 2009 at 12:31 am
50 Eric Melin October 28, 2009 at 12:31 am
51 Philip October 28, 2009 at 12:45 am

Paranormal Activity is just simply an amazing movie. While it may seem to borrow elements from other horror films, there are none like this one. You never visually see the demon and the fact that things happen in this movie are scary. The fact that things happen while they sleep disturbs you, then when it prgressess it scares you senseless. And this isn’t a “In you’re face!” kind of horror film. You can tell when something bad is about to happen because it has little cues, so after a while when the demons presence is heard your heart starts to race and you tense up even if it is something as insignificant as a door slightly moving or the covers moving. There is ONLY one moment where something jumps in your face and luckily it is delivered in such a way that it deeply disturbs you.

But this isn’t real either. The opening title cards are similiar in style to the Texas Chainsaw Massacre. The movie has a Director/Writer, and while it may not seem like it, you can find pictures of the actors and Director/Writer at the primiers. So anyone who actually fell for the opening title cards of “Thanks to the families of Micah Sloat and…..whereabouts unknown” after the movie was over, you are both very gullible and scared from this movie.

A genius little film that is garunteed to scare you to the core.

P.S. No one cares about religion on this website. Stop trying to convince me that things like this are happening to you and Jesus is the only answer. It’s not working and only makes you look insecure.

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52 Philip October 28, 2009 at 12:45 am

Paranormal Activity is just simply an amazing movie. While it may seem to borrow elements from other horror films, there are none like this one. You never visually see the demon and the fact that things happen in this movie are scary. The fact that things happen while they sleep disturbs you, then when it prgressess it scares you senseless. And this isn’t a “In you’re face!” kind of horror film. You can tell when something bad is about to happen because it has little cues, so after a while when the demons presence is heard your heart starts to race and you tense up even if it is something as insignificant as a door slightly moving or the covers moving. There is ONLY one moment where something jumps in your face and luckily it is delivered in such a way that it deeply disturbs you.

But this isn’t real either. The opening title cards are similiar in style to the Texas Chainsaw Massacre. The movie has a Director/Writer, and while it may not seem like it, you can find pictures of the actors and Director/Writer at the primiers. So anyone who actually fell for the opening title cards of “Thanks to the families of Micah Sloat and…..whereabouts unknown” after the movie was over, you are both very gullible and scared from this movie.

A genius little film that is garunteed to scare you to the core.

P.S. No one cares about religion on this website. Stop trying to convince me that things like this are happening to you and Jesus is the only answer. It’s not working and only makes you look insecure.

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53 Philip October 28, 2009 at 12:48 am

Oh and to prove this movie is fake, Oren Peli (Writer and Director) filmed three alternate endings. All shown at different film festivals and now having an official one that Paramount believes to be the most horrifieing.

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54 Philip October 28, 2009 at 12:48 am

Oh and to prove this movie is fake, Oren Peli (Writer and Director) filmed three alternate endings. All shown at different film festivals and now having an official one that Paramount believes to be the most horrifieing.

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55 Dylan October 28, 2009 at 12:05 pm

oh ya ppl always get confused about the alternate endings…

if you try to view the alternate endings online, it wont allow it due to copywirte infringements, because all paramount did is took two look alikes and dubbed over the end, making part of the movie 100% owned by paramount, in addition, their are credits for the alternate endings, meaning there are ACTORS, FOR the alternate endings. but if you watch the actual video, like i said, there are no credits, and by watching it you are not going to find ne copywirte laws taking it out for public viewing.

all the director does is decide when to fade the camera, and which scene to show next, so he didnt write it, he rewrote how it was shown (who the hell wants to see 21 or 22 days of staight filmeing?!). the was no special effects guy mentioned, SO THERE WAS NO SPECIAL EFFECTS. do your reasearch before you run your mouth.

they thank the police deparetment for the *FOOTAGE* because it was obviously used as evidence in the courts as to what happend to this couple. in chainsaw massacre they say *based on true happenings*. HUGE difference.

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56 Dylan October 28, 2009 at 12:05 pm

oh ya ppl always get confused about the alternate endings…

if you try to view the alternate endings online, it wont allow it due to copywirte infringements, because all paramount did is took two look alikes and dubbed over the end, making part of the movie 100% owned by paramount, in addition, their are credits for the alternate endings, meaning there are ACTORS, FOR the alternate endings. but if you watch the actual video, like i said, there are no credits, and by watching it you are not going to find ne copywirte laws taking it out for public viewing.

all the director does is decide when to fade the camera, and which scene to show next, so he didnt write it, he rewrote how it was shown (who the hell wants to see 21 or 22 days of staight filmeing?!). the was no special effects guy mentioned, SO THERE WAS NO SPECIAL EFFECTS. do your reasearch before you run your mouth.

they thank the police deparetment for the *FOOTAGE* because it was obviously used as evidence in the courts as to what happend to this couple. in chainsaw massacre they say *based on true happenings*. HUGE difference.

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57 Dylan October 28, 2009 at 12:11 pm

oh ya and Eric, what do you think the odds are of the actors and the ppl who died, both having the EXACT same names…. its called impossible, think for yourself…

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58 Dylan October 28, 2009 at 12:11 pm

oh ya and Eric, what do you think the odds are of the actors and the ppl who died, both having the EXACT same names…. its called impossible, think for yourself…

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59 oooo. October 28, 2009 at 8:08 pm

pretty cool movie. i laughed at some parts. but i was focused on katie throughout the movie haha

dont argue about religion/antireligion here people you look like fools

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60 oooo. October 28, 2009 at 8:08 pm

pretty cool movie. i laughed at some parts. but i was focused on katie throughout the movie haha

dont argue about religion/antireligion here people you look like fools

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61 sal October 29, 2009 at 7:39 am

the movie is based on a real story bout a couple called katie and micah .. it was actors in the movie sure i new that myself from the get go but u googled the movie ypu’ll find pictures of the real micah and katie.

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62 sal October 29, 2009 at 7:39 am

the movie is based on a real story bout a couple called katie and micah .. it was actors in the movie sure i new that myself from the get go but u googled the movie ypu’ll find pictures of the real micah and katie.

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63 Dylan October 29, 2009 at 11:35 am

still not convinced its the real deal?

well, in that case, we should all possy up and sue them for false advertising.

well all split the profits…

right?

idiots…

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64 Dylan October 29, 2009 at 11:35 am

still not convinced its the real deal?

well, in that case, we should all possy up and sue them for false advertising.

well all split the profits…

right?

idiots…

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65 Brandon October 30, 2009 at 6:53 am

I thought the movie was great. Definitely led me to the internet to find out if it was real footage or fake.

Philip – There is no need to put down religion. When someone brings religion into any debate, it’s not because they are insecure, it’s because they are attempting to give others answers. The fact that you need to lash out at religion shows me that you’re the insecure one. The real question is, do you know where you’re going to be when you die? I do. You probly think you do, I guess the only real way to find out is at death. I hope you find truth before then.

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66 Brandon October 30, 2009 at 6:53 am

I thought the movie was great. Definitely led me to the internet to find out if it was real footage or fake.

Philip – There is no need to put down religion. When someone brings religion into any debate, it’s not because they are insecure, it’s because they are attempting to give others answers. The fact that you need to lash out at religion shows me that you’re the insecure one. The real question is, do you know where you’re going to be when you die? I do. You probly think you do, I guess the only real way to find out is at death. I hope you find truth before then.

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67 Philip October 30, 2009 at 9:17 am

You people are honestly mentally retarded. You believe this is movie is actually REAL footage despite the fact that it was written, filmed and edited with a budget of $15,000 in one week. Not to mention that Peli held auditions for the roles of the Girlfriend and Boyfriend.

And i love how one simple statement about how religion does not belong on this website seeing how it is unrelated topic turns into a flame war. Good job trolls.

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68 Philip October 30, 2009 at 9:17 am

You people are honestly mentally retarded. You believe this is movie is actually REAL footage despite the fact that it was written, filmed and edited with a budget of $15,000 in one week. Not to mention that Peli held auditions for the roles of the Girlfriend and Boyfriend.

And i love how one simple statement about how religion does not belong on this website seeing how it is unrelated topic turns into a flame war. Good job trolls.

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69 Dylan October 30, 2009 at 2:22 pm

LOL!

Phil, your obviously an angry kid, this never turned into a flame war, whatever the heck that is, your the only one to see it that way, so if your able, just relax.

and as i said before, THERE WAS ONLY ACTORS FOR THE ALTERNATE ENDINGS, THE MOVIE WITH NO ALTERNATE ENDINGS HAD NO CREITS AND NO ACTORS. THERE NEEDS TO BE AN EDITOR TO MAKE SURE WERE NOT WATCHING 22 DAYS OF STAIGHT FILM. THE ORIGINAL FILM BELONGED TO “SOLANA FILMS” AND PARAMOUNT BOUGHT IT AND CHANGED THE ENDINGS BECAUSE THEY DIDNT THINK IT WAS SCARY ENOUGH. SEE FOR YOURSELF.

And Phil, see and anger management counselor, itll do you sum good.

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70 Dylan October 30, 2009 at 2:22 pm

LOL!

Phil, your obviously an angry kid, this never turned into a flame war, whatever the heck that is, your the only one to see it that way, so if your able, just relax.

and as i said before, THERE WAS ONLY ACTORS FOR THE ALTERNATE ENDINGS, THE MOVIE WITH NO ALTERNATE ENDINGS HAD NO CREITS AND NO ACTORS. THERE NEEDS TO BE AN EDITOR TO MAKE SURE WERE NOT WATCHING 22 DAYS OF STAIGHT FILM. THE ORIGINAL FILM BELONGED TO “SOLANA FILMS” AND PARAMOUNT BOUGHT IT AND CHANGED THE ENDINGS BECAUSE THEY DIDNT THINK IT WAS SCARY ENOUGH. SEE FOR YOURSELF.

And Phil, see and anger management counselor, itll do you sum good.

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71 leo October 30, 2009 at 5:42 pm

so this the part where i get stuck. Everything looks pretty real i just want to know if its real! het back at me at sooka27@yahoo.com

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72 leo October 30, 2009 at 5:42 pm

so this the part where i get stuck. Everything looks pretty real i just want to know if its real! het back at me at sooka27@yahoo.com

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73 Cara October 30, 2009 at 7:14 pm

Dylan… You seem to be the only using all caps to emphasize your points. So maybe you should seek help yourself. Also… the end in the credits it says: the people and events are fictitious. Meaning that even if Solana films own it and Paramount bought it, it would still be fake, because it would be against the law for them to put that at the end and it to have been real events.

So lets end the argument…. so who thinks they were really good actors? Katie’s screams made me quiver.

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74 Cara October 30, 2009 at 7:14 pm

Dylan… You seem to be the only using all caps to emphasize your points. So maybe you should seek help yourself. Also… the end in the credits it says: the people and events are fictitious. Meaning that even if Solana films own it and Paramount bought it, it would still be fake, because it would be against the law for them to put that at the end and it to have been real events.

So lets end the argument…. so who thinks they were really good actors? Katie’s screams made me quiver.

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75 Silly me. November 1, 2009 at 11:57 pm

Even though the movie scared the crap out of me, after reading all these comments, there is only one person saying that it’s real footage. So…. I’ll go with everyone else dude. But I do believe the story is real. Just not the footage. :p

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76 Silly me. November 1, 2009 at 11:57 pm

Even though the movie scared the crap out of me, after reading all these comments, there is only one person saying that it’s real footage. So…. I’ll go with everyone else dude. But I do believe the story is real. Just not the footage. :p

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77 Vinny November 2, 2009 at 4:23 pm

Saw the movie yesterday. Very fun! Similar to the Blair Witch project and I really enjoy this docudrama style of movie. My guess on how it was made is similar to the Blair Witch movie in that the director would provide general guidance, but left a lot open for improvisation to get a more natural reaction. For example I think what happened the night-encounter scenes were unknown to the actors so they would respond accordingly. The hallway-dragging and baby-powder footsteps would have been the director and assistants wearing Chromakey Green Screen Body Suit so it could later be edited out of the scene such as with blue screen technology. (http://www.tubetape.net/servlet/the-38/Video-Green-Full-Cover/Detail)

What I can’t get over is the overwhelming number of posts on here debating if this is real! How is this even a debate at all? Do people really have that much trouble deciphering a movie from reality? This is a movie and it was shot in the director’s house (Oren Peli) in San Diego and I give him credit for shooting under such a tight budget. Most people seen in the movie are actors through-and-through. They are not real people that were filmed by chance. Go to http://www.imdb.com and check out the cast.

Good Halloween movie for sure. Good posts by everyone, but for all the people trying to impose their religious views and previous demon encounter stories, you are just embarrassing yourselves so just stick to commenting on the movie itself.

Thanks.

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78 Vinny November 2, 2009 at 4:23 pm

Saw the movie yesterday. Very fun! Similar to the Blair Witch project and I really enjoy this docudrama style of movie. My guess on how it was made is similar to the Blair Witch movie in that the director would provide general guidance, but left a lot open for improvisation to get a more natural reaction. For example I think what happened the night-encounter scenes were unknown to the actors so they would respond accordingly. The hallway-dragging and baby-powder footsteps would have been the director and assistants wearing Chromakey Green Screen Body Suit so it could later be edited out of the scene such as with blue screen technology. (http://www.tubetape.net/servlet/the-38/Video-Green-Full-Cover/Detail)

What I can’t get over is the overwhelming number of posts on here debating if this is real! How is this even a debate at all? Do people really have that much trouble deciphering a movie from reality? This is a movie and it was shot in the director’s house (Oren Peli) in San Diego and I give him credit for shooting under such a tight budget. Most people seen in the movie are actors through-and-through. They are not real people that were filmed by chance. Go to http://www.imdb.com and check out the cast.

Good Halloween movie for sure. Good posts by everyone, but for all the people trying to impose their religious views and previous demon encounter stories, you are just embarrassing yourselves so just stick to commenting on the movie itself.

Thanks.

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79 Phil November 3, 2009 at 9:26 pm

Dylan you are the only one convinced this movie was real.
Heres the actors information:
http://www.tribute.ca/movies/Paranormal+Activity/stars/20730

That doesn’t work for you? How bout the fact that the film was filmed in less than a week at Peli’s old San Diego home with a budget of $15,000. He auditioned a few hundred by settled on Micah and Katie and let them improvise most of their lines but gave them the basis of what’s going on in the scene. Oh and the whole switching film publisher’s conflict is this: originally owned by Creative Artists Agency then to Dreamworks who wanted to re-make it with more of a cinematic feel, then finally switched over to Paramount who agreed to release the original with one of the alternate endings shown at Sundance and Screamfest.

Not enough? Well too bad, just accept that the movie is a great work of fiction and let it be.

But seeing how i’m not typing in all caps i’ll pass on the anger management.

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80 Phil November 3, 2009 at 9:26 pm

Dylan you are the only one convinced this movie was real.
Heres the actors information:
http://www.tribute.ca/movies/Paranormal+Activity/stars/20730

That doesn’t work for you? How bout the fact that the film was filmed in less than a week at Peli’s old San Diego home with a budget of $15,000. He auditioned a few hundred by settled on Micah and Katie and let them improvise most of their lines but gave them the basis of what’s going on in the scene. Oh and the whole switching film publisher’s conflict is this: originally owned by Creative Artists Agency then to Dreamworks who wanted to re-make it with more of a cinematic feel, then finally switched over to Paramount who agreed to release the original with one of the alternate endings shown at Sundance and Screamfest.

Not enough? Well too bad, just accept that the movie is a great work of fiction and let it be.

But seeing how i’m not typing in all caps i’ll pass on the anger management.

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81 Amy November 5, 2009 at 8:07 pm

What is wrong with you people!! This has to be the worst movie every. I can make a better movie than that.Nothing was scarey. Stuiped people.If I heard a sound or someone I first would turn on all the lights and lock my door and call the cops!! Why would you go to it. Why would she just stay there? I didnt even see them eat breakfast,lunch,dinner?Did they even go to work?Maybe they were high?
Not true!! But they sure got all of you!! Oh I mean they got you money!! LOL!! Not mine! Never.

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82 Amy November 5, 2009 at 8:07 pm

What is wrong with you people!! This has to be the worst movie every. I can make a better movie than that.Nothing was scarey. Stuiped people.If I heard a sound or someone I first would turn on all the lights and lock my door and call the cops!! Why would you go to it. Why would she just stay there? I didnt even see them eat breakfast,lunch,dinner?Did they even go to work?Maybe they were high?
Not true!! But they sure got all of you!! Oh I mean they got you money!! LOL!! Not mine! Never.

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83 Dylan November 5, 2009 at 9:14 pm

from what i can tell, you ppl are all very simple.

sorry.

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84 Dylan November 5, 2009 at 9:14 pm

from what i can tell, you ppl are all very simple.

sorry.

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85 Kirsten November 7, 2009 at 7:45 pm

Dylan, I’m sorry that you’re sorry.
I’m glad I didn’t pay to go see the film. Snuck into it, that’s how badass I am. :)

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86 Kirsten November 7, 2009 at 7:45 pm

Dylan, I’m sorry that you’re sorry.
I’m glad I didn’t pay to go see the film. Snuck into it, that’s how badass I am. :)

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87 Dylan November 8, 2009 at 10:44 pm

you guys know then when your looking at the actors names you find the actual names of the people who died?

damn…. what else should i say?

getting tierd of repeating myself.

with the real video, they dont list out actors names…

can u guys add? have you been through what i like to call school?

cmon people…

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88 Dylan November 8, 2009 at 10:44 pm

you guys know then when your looking at the actors names you find the actual names of the people who died?

damn…. what else should i say?

getting tierd of repeating myself.

with the real video, they dont list out actors names…

can u guys add? have you been through what i like to call school?

cmon people…

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89 Jessica Cooper November 9, 2009 at 12:23 am

well, guys the movie was written and directed, however the footage seems real but is not. Here is the website to check on the movie… click the about tab and read the description… Great movie, funny at times and leaves you wondering…http://www.paranormalmovie.com/ check this website

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90 Jessica Cooper November 9, 2009 at 12:23 am

well, guys the movie was written and directed, however the footage seems real but is not. Here is the website to check on the movie… click the about tab and read the description… Great movie, funny at times and leaves you wondering…http://www.paranormalmovie.com/ check this website

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91 Vinny November 9, 2009 at 3:55 pm

Dylan,

It is clear you are either you are working to promote the movie or you are very mentally challanged, or a 10 year old child that snuck into the theatre; in any case I should probably not even be bothering answering your posts. Since you are the only person on the face of the planet that believes that this movie is real, one way that you can resolve it for yourself (since you are not listening to the overwhelming advice in here) is to address your own post where you said “…this means that this acutal taped was used as evidence in court ” – Since court hearing are a matter of public record, why don’t you find this “court” case that your refer to and cite it for us all?

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92 Vinny November 9, 2009 at 3:55 pm

Dylan,

It is clear you are either you are working to promote the movie or you are very mentally challanged, or a 10 year old child that snuck into the theatre; in any case I should probably not even be bothering answering your posts. Since you are the only person on the face of the planet that believes that this movie is real, one way that you can resolve it for yourself (since you are not listening to the overwhelming advice in here) is to address your own post where you said “…this means that this acutal taped was used as evidence in court ” – Since court hearing are a matter of public record, why don’t you find this “court” case that your refer to and cite it for us all?

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93 Dylan November 9, 2009 at 4:34 pm

alright people listen up, vinny pretty much got me.

i was on a mssion to see how many people i could fool, this was one of the websites, ive fooled many ppl but others would reconvince them, but it was a personal mission. im training my debating abilities so i tried the hardest route on this movie, which to prove that it was real. there are alot of good points to prove that it is real, because things like they thank the families for the footage? if you take it straight forward, your screwed lol but there are about 7 loop holes too which they can say, without it being false advertising. another thing is that, it is very possible if you know the cost of running a movie that the alternate endings could have costed the budget of 11000 dollars. but it didnt, because of the cheap quality of the special effects.

i think the movie is one of a kind even though it has the same outlook as blairwitch. just imagen making a movie for 11,000 bucks, and imagen the profit he made, kudos to him.

i got sloppy with my defense at then end because i had to type to so many ppl! lol but yea ive had enuff, this movie is a straight lie and ive known it all along.

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94 Dylan November 9, 2009 at 4:34 pm

alright people listen up, vinny pretty much got me.

i was on a mssion to see how many people i could fool, this was one of the websites, ive fooled many ppl but others would reconvince them, but it was a personal mission. im training my debating abilities so i tried the hardest route on this movie, which to prove that it was real. there are alot of good points to prove that it is real, because things like they thank the families for the footage? if you take it straight forward, your screwed lol but there are about 7 loop holes too which they can say, without it being false advertising. another thing is that, it is very possible if you know the cost of running a movie that the alternate endings could have costed the budget of 11000 dollars. but it didnt, because of the cheap quality of the special effects.

i think the movie is one of a kind even though it has the same outlook as blairwitch. just imagen making a movie for 11,000 bucks, and imagen the profit he made, kudos to him.

i got sloppy with my defense at then end because i had to type to so many ppl! lol but yea ive had enuff, this movie is a straight lie and ive known it all along.

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95 fuckthismovie November 15, 2009 at 11:56 am

fuck this boring and slow movie. if you think this shit is scary ur a kid who watched godzilla. ur more like afraid of godzilla than a ghost! fcking crap. asian horrors the best. fck this movie

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96 fuckthismovie November 15, 2009 at 11:56 am

fuck this boring and slow movie. if you think this shit is scary ur a kid who watched godzilla. ur more like afraid of godzilla than a ghost! fcking crap. asian horrors the best. fck this movie

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97 ariel November 17, 2009 at 6:56 pm

i like the acting and how real they made it but its nothing like the real one well it sort of is but not real and the movie wasnt like scary as in jump out of your seat too scary to look movie it was like a holy shit what the fuck just happened kind of movie thats what i thought

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98 ariel November 17, 2009 at 6:56 pm

i like the acting and how real they made it but its nothing like the real one well it sort of is but not real and the movie wasnt like scary as in jump out of your seat too scary to look movie it was like a holy shit what the fuck just happened kind of movie thats what i thought

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99 Claire November 21, 2009 at 2:41 pm

for all the thick idiots out there..
it wasnt real footage..
they were actors..
theres only 2 filmed alternate endings as 1 was too brutal to film!.
it was boring and dragged.. i think i got more scared watchin bambi’s mum being shot!
i dont think its even real to be honest..
show me real footage then maybe ill believe it (:

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100 Claire November 21, 2009 at 2:41 pm

for all the thick idiots out there..
it wasnt real footage..
they were actors..
theres only 2 filmed alternate endings as 1 was too brutal to film!.
it was boring and dragged.. i think i got more scared watchin bambi’s mum being shot!
i dont think its even real to be honest..
show me real footage then maybe ill believe it (:

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101 Dylan November 22, 2009 at 1:25 pm

kay, ur brain is obviously made of ass matter… of course it wasnt real! get a fcking grip! and there was two alternate endings period. there was never a thrid you ass talker. i hate ppl like you. shit talking ass munchin fuckers, just flappin there stupid lips without research. God ur fuckin dumb.

dont you realize they tried to make it seem real with all thier heart!!?? blair witch idiot!!

fuck…i wish i wasnt part ofthe human race…

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102 Dylan November 22, 2009 at 1:25 pm

kay, ur brain is obviously made of ass matter… of course it wasnt real! get a fcking grip! and there was two alternate endings period. there was never a thrid you ass talker. i hate ppl like you. shit talking ass munchin fuckers, just flappin there stupid lips without research. God ur fuckin dumb.

dont you realize they tried to make it seem real with all thier heart!!?? blair witch idiot!!

fuck…i wish i wasnt part ofthe human race…

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103 dylan...shut up and die November 28, 2009 at 6:07 pm

Dear Dylan,

I’ve read through all the comments on here and you my friend are the biggest idiot i have ever come across.
You quite clearly believed in your sad little mind that the film was real and then, when you realised you had been officialy TOLD by various people, decided to change your tone.

GET OFF THE INTERNET AND MAKE SOME FRIENDS EH?

Maybe you’re just mentally challenged and need to do something about it. If you think the best thing to do with your time is preach to people about your monotonous opinions that, quite frankly, should have a law made about them that means you have to repress them, then…well you’re just embarassing yourself.

I have nothing more to say to you because you’re incoherent ramblings are worth less than a pittance.

Goodnight Dylan.

Lots of pityful sympathy
Miss West.

p.s. make sure you don’t make plans for 2012 ;)

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104 dylan...shut up and die November 28, 2009 at 6:07 pm

Dear Dylan,

I’ve read through all the comments on here and you my friend are the biggest idiot i have ever come across.
You quite clearly believed in your sad little mind that the film was real and then, when you realised you had been officialy TOLD by various people, decided to change your tone.

GET OFF THE INTERNET AND MAKE SOME FRIENDS EH?

Maybe you’re just mentally challenged and need to do something about it. If you think the best thing to do with your time is preach to people about your monotonous opinions that, quite frankly, should have a law made about them that means you have to repress them, then…well you’re just embarassing yourself.

I have nothing more to say to you because you’re incoherent ramblings are worth less than a pittance.

Goodnight Dylan.

Lots of pityful sympathy
Miss West.

p.s. make sure you don’t make plans for 2012 ;)

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105 Mark December 2, 2009 at 5:12 am

Very clever. Actually was convinced that it was real footage until the scene where the psychic refused to enter the house.
Some parts of the movie were slow – which is expected from this style of filming; however if you thought this movie was “gay”(as someone wrote)you obviously are’nt old enough to be viewing it.

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106 Mark December 2, 2009 at 5:12 am

Very clever. Actually was convinced that it was real footage until the scene where the psychic refused to enter the house.
Some parts of the movie were slow – which is expected from this style of filming; however if you thought this movie was “gay”(as someone wrote)you obviously are’nt old enough to be viewing it.

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107 Jo. December 4, 2009 at 5:54 am

Ok. i thought this film was brilliant..im not saying its real footage..but is it based on true events? And Dylan ignore the nasty comments, :) jesus loves you. xxx

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108 Jo. December 4, 2009 at 5:54 am

Ok. i thought this film was brilliant..im not saying its real footage..but is it based on true events? And Dylan ignore the nasty comments, :) jesus loves you. xxx

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109 delly December 4, 2009 at 6:05 pm

well i just watched it and have to say i loved it :) it was pretty scary in some parts and i did jump a few times!i liked the ending the best!
have to say tho,alot of people had told me it was real but i could tell pretty much straight away it wasnt with out the obviouse “The characters and events depicted in this photoplay are ficticious. Any similarity to actual persons, living or dead, is purely coincidental.”
part at the end.it just didnt seem like it would be real to me!
not to keen on going to sleep on my own in the dark tonite even if it wasnt true tho to be honest haha
and can i just say after reading through these comments i have to agree with miss west and think her name dylan…shut up and die was very funny! ;)

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110 delly December 4, 2009 at 6:05 pm

well i just watched it and have to say i loved it :) it was pretty scary in some parts and i did jump a few times!i liked the ending the best!
have to say tho,alot of people had told me it was real but i could tell pretty much straight away it wasnt with out the obviouse “The characters and events depicted in this photoplay are ficticious. Any similarity to actual persons, living or dead, is purely coincidental.”
part at the end.it just didnt seem like it would be real to me!
not to keen on going to sleep on my own in the dark tonite even if it wasnt true tho to be honest haha
and can i just say after reading through these comments i have to agree with miss west and think her name dylan…shut up and die was very funny! ;)

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111 kristine December 6, 2009 at 8:35 am

whatever!
i think its fake

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112 kristine December 6, 2009 at 8:35 am

whatever!
i think its fake

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113 kristine December 6, 2009 at 8:39 am

they were haunted because they don’t pray before sleeping!
if i were them, i rather sleep inside a churh.
maybe the creature wont follow me there.

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114 kristine December 6, 2009 at 8:39 am

they were haunted because they don’t pray before sleeping!
if i were them, i rather sleep inside a churh.
maybe the creature wont follow me there.

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115 caragh December 6, 2009 at 5:03 pm

Scary shiit.
I screamed my lungs out and burst into tears.
The girl beside me puked when katie came back in and had that weird, calm smile on her face and then screamed into the camera.

Now I can’t sleep.

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116 caragh December 6, 2009 at 5:03 pm

Scary shiit.
I screamed my lungs out and burst into tears.
The girl beside me puked when katie came back in and had that weird, calm smile on her face and then screamed into the camera.

Now I can’t sleep.

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117 Zara December 6, 2009 at 6:00 pm

Waste of tym n money hated it ….. movie is BORINGGGGGGGGGGG SLOWWWWWWWWWWWWWW N DRAGZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZ

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118 Zara December 6, 2009 at 6:00 pm

Waste of tym n money hated it ….. movie is BORINGGGGGGGGGGG SLOWWWWWWWWWWWWWW N DRAGZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZ

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119 muhammad December 7, 2009 at 3:45 am

yeh kids this is not real coz if u notice the events that are up in this film it was gradually getting scared coz at first it was only just about the door and then the director mone into more horroe stuff and if u notice that they were acting all the time and really it was good work for the lyrician and the director and mica and kaily and they make money for this and why at the end of the film kaily refused to go to the hotel and who will refuses getting out from such house if it was real
last thing i wached the movie alone and no one was home i mean my family and i didnt get scared coz im muslim and all muslims couldnt be scared such things so good luck my friend and if any one is scared u can contact me and i will give him/her a way out glorygoru@hotmail.com

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120 muhammad December 7, 2009 at 3:45 am

yeh kids this is not real coz if u notice the events that are up in this film it was gradually getting scared coz at first it was only just about the door and then the director mone into more horroe stuff and if u notice that they were acting all the time and really it was good work for the lyrician and the director and mica and kaily and they make money for this and why at the end of the film kaily refused to go to the hotel and who will refuses getting out from such house if it was real
last thing i wached the movie alone and no one was home i mean my family and i didnt get scared coz im muslim and all muslims couldnt be scared such things so good luck my friend and if any one is scared u can contact me and i will give him/her a way out glorygoru@hotmail.com

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121 muhammad December 7, 2009 at 4:14 am

go and watch this hahahahah i told u it is not real http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Y_9jOZkOhhQ

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122 muhammad December 7, 2009 at 4:14 am

go and watch this hahahahah i told u it is not real http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Y_9jOZkOhhQ

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123 muhammad December 7, 2009 at 4:23 am

i dont say that cant happen i can happen but it can be shooted of filmed

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124 muhammad December 7, 2009 at 4:23 am

i dont say that cant happen i can happen but it can be shooted of filmed

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125 Dagre December 7, 2009 at 9:25 pm

I seen this movie, and i just gotta say, its one fucking huge disappointment. THIS…THIS is how a NORMAL person reacts?
I’d hit my girl for even wanting to stay the night after bitching and complaining about whatever the heck was happening, specially after what the hell happened when she was dragged.

Interesting, boring end, could have done better whit some more “real” moments. Either I don’t do as other people do, or everyone else is freaking retarded -Hide in closet instead of running outside from the killer INSIDE THE HOUSE- kind of way, or the black guy or big breasted blond chick in the shower getting shanked.

Disappointing, to the very end.

IS NOT WORTH IT!

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126 Dagre December 7, 2009 at 9:25 pm

I seen this movie, and i just gotta say, its one fucking huge disappointment. THIS…THIS is how a NORMAL person reacts?
I’d hit my girl for even wanting to stay the night after bitching and complaining about whatever the heck was happening, specially after what the hell happened when she was dragged.

Interesting, boring end, could have done better whit some more “real” moments. Either I don’t do as other people do, or everyone else is freaking retarded -Hide in closet instead of running outside from the killer INSIDE THE HOUSE- kind of way, or the black guy or big breasted blond chick in the shower getting shanked.

Disappointing, to the very end.

IS NOT WORTH IT!

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127 Gina Michael December 9, 2009 at 8:33 am

holy shit i thought the movie was real at first,the most scary part of it when micah got thrown onto the camera so fast like lol also the way that girl got draged outa the bed made me and my friend LoL so hard,greatest real looking scary movie ever:) i cant wait to make my bf watch this he,ll shit himself

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128 Gina Michael December 9, 2009 at 8:33 am

holy shit i thought the movie was real at first,the most scary part of it when micah got thrown onto the camera so fast like lol also the way that girl got draged outa the bed made me and my friend LoL so hard,greatest real looking scary movie ever:) i cant wait to make my bf watch this he,ll shit himself

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129 jordan December 14, 2009 at 6:40 am

i thought the fotage was real but there are diffrent endings the one where the police enter i gues is the real ending but the one where mika gets thrown at the camera is a theatrical ending i also thout mika is a funny guy or was any way the part where thay had the argument and he said stay up there with your freind mad me giggle lol great film !

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130 jordan December 14, 2009 at 6:40 am

i thought the fotage was real but there are diffrent endings the one where the police enter i gues is the real ending but the one where mika gets thrown at the camera is a theatrical ending i also thout mika is a funny guy or was any way the part where thay had the argument and he said stay up there with your freind mad me giggle lol great film !

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131 Cher December 17, 2009 at 2:17 am

To the person who said the “devil rules” grow up and learn how to spell it’s not “666″ it’s actually 616 which is the devil number. Reversably the number 666 is 999 which is an emergency contact but don’t know why they changed it to 666.
If this film was real then why are there alternate endings?
It looks real and is actually impressive in the sense that everything seems real but it is just special effects.
As for saying it’s not scary because it does seemingly drone on and doesn’t have that much paranormal phenomina in 21+ days it’s actually not supposed to have a lot of scary unexplainable footage and you’re not supposed to see some things just hear them. It’s called pyschological which is why so many people were scared because you’re more likely to be scared by something you can not see over somebody being butchered and seeing a load of blood and gore.
A lot of the people here need to grow up.

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132 Cher December 17, 2009 at 2:17 am

To the person who said the “devil rules” grow up and learn how to spell it’s not “666″ it’s actually 616 which is the devil number. Reversably the number 666 is 999 which is an emergency contact but don’t know why they changed it to 666.
If this film was real then why are there alternate endings?
It looks real and is actually impressive in the sense that everything seems real but it is just special effects.
As for saying it’s not scary because it does seemingly drone on and doesn’t have that much paranormal phenomina in 21+ days it’s actually not supposed to have a lot of scary unexplainable footage and you’re not supposed to see some things just hear them. It’s called pyschological which is why so many people were scared because you’re more likely to be scared by something you can not see over somebody being butchered and seeing a load of blood and gore.
A lot of the people here need to grow up.

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133 KELLI December 27, 2009 at 2:26 pm

OK….First of all i love reading all of your guys post….and to all of you who think your bad ass and like to talk shit to people when you have nothing to do with that conversation is phenomenal….QUIT TRYING TO ACT LIKE YOUR TOUGHER OVER A FUCKING KEYBOARD GET A FUCKING LIFE!

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134 KELLI December 27, 2009 at 2:26 pm

OK….First of all i love reading all of your guys post….and to all of you who think your bad ass and like to talk shit to people when you have nothing to do with that conversation is phenomenal….QUIT TRYING TO ACT LIKE YOUR TOUGHER OVER A FUCKING KEYBOARD GET A FUCKING LIFE!

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135 mr zig zag January 1, 2010 at 4:19 am

shittt i saw this movi lik 2 days ago and i though it was real evn when that dude got throw to the camra coz the demon was still around in the house..but when she eat the camra i was lik its a fake

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136 mr zig zag January 1, 2010 at 4:19 am

shittt i saw this movi lik 2 days ago and i though it was real evn when that dude got throw to the camra coz the demon was still around in the house..but when she eat the camra i was lik its a fake

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137 mr zig zag January 1, 2010 at 4:25 am

and for all u ratards thinkin its real grow a brain therss two endingz..i guess she killed her bf when came back to life then killd her self?? is that right?haha man had a nic laught on ur dumbass

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138 mr zig zag January 1, 2010 at 4:25 am

and for all u ratards thinkin its real grow a brain therss two endingz..i guess she killed her bf when came back to life then killd her self?? is that right?haha man had a nic laught on ur dumbass

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139 samantha January 1, 2010 at 9:13 pm

anyone who messes with oughie boards are stupid my family members have used them thay said they wont even speak of what happend to them family members as in my nan and grandad and aunty and they would never eva evaevaeva lie theey thinks theres no point lieing cuz they find out anyway but thats true

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140 samantha January 1, 2010 at 9:13 pm

anyone who messes with oughie boards are stupid my family members have used them thay said they wont even speak of what happend to them family members as in my nan and grandad and aunty and they would never eva evaevaeva lie theey thinks theres no point lieing cuz they find out anyway but thats true

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141 samantha January 1, 2010 at 9:14 pm

oh and you wtf your telling other people to get a life when you dont even have one your self what a fuckin hippacrit

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142 samantha January 1, 2010 at 9:14 pm

oh and you wtf your telling other people to get a life when you dont even have one your self what a fuckin hippacrit

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143 chaela January 2, 2010 at 9:42 pm

this is not real and if yall dont believe mi i’ll prove it watch this

“Paranormal Activity” Interview with Micah and Katie
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Y_9jOZkOhhQ

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144 chaela January 2, 2010 at 9:42 pm

this is not real and if yall dont believe mi i’ll prove it watch this

“Paranormal Activity” Interview with Micah and Katie
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Y_9jOZkOhhQ

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145 Dylans a bitch January 8, 2010 at 6:03 pm

dylan seriously, I was just trying to find out whether or not the movie was real or not but after scanning through the comments and hearing you talk your shit and all you say about people running their mouth, look at you fucking loser. I think i know why you argue with people online, cause you know if you ran your mouth like that in public you would get your teeth knocked down your throat little bitch boy. Next time you want a thrill watch fight club and when your ready go out practice your debate skills on the real deal instead of a computer screen you little pussy. To everyone else I apologize but that little pussy is a fucking idiot

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146 Dylans a bitch January 8, 2010 at 6:03 pm

dylan seriously, I was just trying to find out whether or not the movie was real or not but after scanning through the comments and hearing you talk your shit and all you say about people running their mouth, look at you fucking loser. I think i know why you argue with people online, cause you know if you ran your mouth like that in public you would get your teeth knocked down your throat little bitch boy. Next time you want a thrill watch fight club and when your ready go out practice your debate skills on the real deal instead of a computer screen you little pussy. To everyone else I apologize but that little pussy is a fucking idiot

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147 chill out (dylan) January 9, 2010 at 9:50 am

ahahaha how do you turn off gettin these fucking messages about scene stealers? i never talk on the internet in general, i did it one time to see if i can convince ppl of sumthing that wasnt real, i wasnt sucsessful so i dont give a MOTHER FUCKING SHIT. relax urself man, no heart of mine was put into this i dont give a fuck, relax urself. ur obviously that fucking nerd who gets angry behind their computer, and again, i dont give a shit. i explained myself clearly before, but did you fail to notice? ur an obvious idiot… i think its called valuum? not sure tho…

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148 chill out (dylan) January 9, 2010 at 9:50 am

ahahaha how do you turn off gettin these fucking messages about scene stealers? i never talk on the internet in general, i did it one time to see if i can convince ppl of sumthing that wasnt real, i wasnt sucsessful so i dont give a MOTHER FUCKING SHIT. relax urself man, no heart of mine was put into this i dont give a fuck, relax urself. ur obviously that fucking nerd who gets angry behind their computer, and again, i dont give a shit. i explained myself clearly before, but did you fail to notice? ur an obvious idiot… i think its called valuum? not sure tho…

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149 Dianna Browning January 27, 2010 at 10:29 am

I dig your comments, I can’t help but wonder if it is legal to print in the credits that the police dept. of san diego was involved. I know it is hollywood (hooey-wood) and whatever it takes to make a money making movie goes, but most of my people in my hood took it for real cuz of that opening text, like you pointed out in the beginning of your review. Like in New York I can’t imagine the po-po going for that…they’d say it was a form of impersonating police or such. But then my homies don’t got the loot or the power that paramount does. Capitalism rules.

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150 Dianna Browning January 27, 2010 at 10:29 am

I dig your comments, I can’t help but wonder if it is legal to print in the credits that the police dept. of san diego was involved. I know it is hollywood (hooey-wood) and whatever it takes to make a money making movie goes, but most of my people in my hood took it for real cuz of that opening text, like you pointed out in the beginning of your review. Like in New York I can’t imagine the po-po going for that…they’d say it was a form of impersonating police or such. But then my homies don’t got the loot or the power that paramount does. Capitalism rules.

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151 duuuude... February 24, 2010 at 4:56 pm

oh my goodness. wow.
i cannot actually believe that people thought this was real, i just can’t believe it.
like…..really? you actually thought it was real? LOL!!!
but anyways.
this was a really good movie, really refreshing actually compared to all the other crap that is coming out nowdays. freaks who like to see other people chopped to pieces in the most grusome ways imaginable can go watch saw, but this movie was actually THRILLING and it kept me on my seat.
so go see it. :)

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152 duuuude... February 24, 2010 at 4:56 pm

oh my goodness. wow.
i cannot actually believe that people thought this was real, i just can’t believe it.
like…..really? you actually thought it was real? LOL!!!
but anyways.
this was a really good movie, really refreshing actually compared to all the other crap that is coming out nowdays. freaks who like to see other people chopped to pieces in the most grusome ways imaginable can go watch saw, but this movie was actually THRILLING and it kept me on my seat.
so go see it. :)

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153 sarah February 28, 2010 at 12:32 pm

paranormal activity was good but not good enough could of been more scareier

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154 sarah February 28, 2010 at 12:32 pm

paranormal activity was good but not good enough could of been more scareier

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155 josie March 23, 2010 at 10:53 am

i got the film yesterday when it came out, to be honest it isnt really scarey at all, its boring at the start.
but i did enjoy and thought it was scarey near the end, when she was dragged out the bed, it made me laugh really ;)
It was more of a thriller than a horror, but it was a okay movie.

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156 josie March 23, 2010 at 10:53 am

i got the film yesterday when it came out, to be honest it isnt really scarey at all, its boring at the start.
but i did enjoy and thought it was scarey near the end, when she was dragged out the bed, it made me laugh really ;)
It was more of a thriller than a horror, but it was a okay movie.

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157 Colin March 28, 2010 at 11:29 am

after seeing the movie on dvd and noticing there were other endings, i knew it was a fake. i still wonder how they did the special effects.

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158 Colin March 28, 2010 at 11:29 am

after seeing the movie on dvd and noticing there were other endings, i knew it was a fake. i still wonder how they did the special effects.

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159 Mhm(: April 13, 2010 at 7:33 pm

Wow…
Niiice movie I guess. But these comments are more entertaining then the movie.

:/

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160 Mhm(: April 13, 2010 at 7:33 pm

Wow…
Niiice movie I guess. But these comments are more entertaining then the movie.

:/

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161 Stuart May 12, 2010 at 4:57 pm

Of corse its fake, y would there be an alternative ending if it wasnt????

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162 Stuart May 12, 2010 at 4:57 pm

Of corse its fake, y would there be an alternative ending if it wasnt????

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163 jacobi May 13, 2010 at 1:12 pm

the worst film ive ever seen, boring and the camera work is terrible,

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164 jacobi May 13, 2010 at 1:12 pm

the worst film ive ever seen, boring and the camera work is terrible,

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165 Jeremy June 7, 2010 at 9:22 am

MOVIE IS FAKE ! Katie featherstone and micah are both real actors alive today……People that think this is real should do some research duh! You just want to believe its real because its fun to think about

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166 Jeremy June 7, 2010 at 9:22 am

MOVIE IS FAKE ! Katie featherstone and micah are both real actors alive today……People that think this is real should do some research duh! You just want to believe its real because its fun to think about

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167 katie July 14, 2010 at 1:42 am

wow!! i made it to the end of all these comments! read alotta crazy things on here lol

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168 natasha October 26, 2010 at 8:30 am

wat in the fu&king world this movie was the boom man it seemed so fake but it was real by the way i live in a group home an shit happens like that now an then sometimes to the extreme but yeah i liked it!!!!!

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169 natasha October 26, 2010 at 8:32 am

man that movie so true it happens in my home as well

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170 Tammy December 14, 2010 at 11:14 am

Dylan, read the following website, it tells all about Paranormal Activity. The movie is based on research the director did to prepare for the making of his movie but not based on a true actual story. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Paranormal_Activity_(film).

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171 Avinash yadav December 22, 2010 at 11:37 pm

Hi guys,

can u guys plzz tell me if the movie we see is real footage or its like a remake of original footage.. see, if u people search these characters name on google then they all have pictures and all… how can real characters have record on google.. it seems they r all real time actors..

PARANORMAL 2 has confused me allot more.. same characters bt this time new stars. that small kid’s mom is an actress.. and the girl from PA1 is never discussing her house issues if this story of PA2 goes parallel with PA1 as said by wikipedia.com

help me guys.
i m so confused.

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