January 31, 2008
Slamdance. Paranormal Activity."A couple decide to document poltergeist-like disturbances in Paranormal Activity," writes Dennis Harvey in Variety. "Oren Peli's crew-less debut feature is one of the best genre spins on the pseudo-nonfiction 1st-person-cam since The Blair Witch Project, with which it shares improvised performances, no explicit violence or 'solution,' and a gradual escalation of chills." "Despite its miniscule production values and somewhat rudimentary concept, this intelligently paced ghost story creates a stripped-down intensity that the horror genre often sorely lacks," writes Eric Kohn in indieWIRE. "Suffice it to say that it sufficiently freaked out those of us who watched the screener in my hotel room in the wee hours of a Sundance night, and that I ended up asking a coworker to crash in my room for the night because I was afraid I wouldn' t be able to get to sleep alone," writes Kim Voynar at Cinematical. "Dreamworks just acquired Paranormal Activity, and we'll keep you apprised of when it might be coming to a theater near you. You'll want to bring a friend - this film is scary as all get out. In the meantime, you can watch the trailer on the film's official website." John Horn profiles Peli for the Los Angeles Times. Online listening tip. Dread Central interviews Peli.
Posted by dwhudson at January 31, 2008 4:18 PM