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Capone is physically injured from the terrifying PARANORMAL ACTIVITY at Fantastic Fest!!!

Hey, everyone. Capone in Chicago here.
So I woke up this morning after my first full day of Fantastic Fest 2009, and I noticed something when I looked in the mirror. I had a small scratch on my left temple, just above my eyebrow. I didn't give it much thought at first, but I'm usually aware when I have even the smallest injury to my person. Last night, I ended the day watching a midnight showing of PARANORMAL ACTIVITY, and no, I'm not going to launch into a story about how I believe some unseen entity scratched me in my sleep. But after collecting my thoughts on writing this review, it hit me that I knew exactly what that mark on my head was. I spent about 90 percent of the movie with my left hand kind of cupped around my left eye (not covering it, just kind of framing it on one side) and some how the not-very-long nail on my middle finger kept digging into my forehead, eventually leaving a mark. When I got back to my room after the movie, I immediately crashed (Harry's introductory prediction of having trouble getting to sleep last night did not come true for me). I still get exhausted on travel days, so I'm not even sure I saw myself in the mirror before zonking out. But having assessed the damage and determined its cause, all I could think of was, "Wow, that's how worked up that movie made me." You have to understand, most horror films don't scare me. I still jump at loud noises in movies, as I do in life, but that's not the same thing. I can't remember the last time I was this genuinely anxious (as in full of anxiety) while watching a movie. I'm not the kind of person who ever screams during a scary movie, but I found myself whispering "Oh no" more than once last night. I knew what I was watching wasn't real, but that didn't seem to make a difference. By now, you probably know the story of PARANORMAL ACTIVITY if you really want to. It's not complicated. A young unmarried couple who have recently moved in together begin having strange things happen in their new home--small things moving, lights on and off, noises in the night--and they decide to document the going on and present them to an expert in such phenomenon. The film takes on the guise of "found footage"--the only thing we see on screen appears to be shot by one member of the couple. I never bought that, as the story progresses, this was found footage, but it really doesn't matter. There are just a few too many ultra-convenient things that happen right on cue. As the pair attempt to uncover what exactly is happening to them, Katie (Katie Featherston) reveals a few things about her past that help to explain most of the occurrences. Boyfriend Micah (Micah Sloat) is supportive at first and attempts to take the lead on ridding their lives of this major problem. But things like a found photo, a web site that documents an almost identical event many years earlier, and one or two other coincidences don't really add to the reality of the situation. Still, as I said, it doesn't matter for one very simple reason--a camera placed in the corner of the room every night, chronicling the couple sleeping. We return to this shot throughout PARANORMAL ACTIVITY. We see the entire bed on the right side of the screen and down a short hallway, illuminated by a bathroom light at the other end. The stair leading down to the living room are just outside the open bedroom door, but they are in total darkness. And every time we see this shot, with a helpful timecode in the corner, we stop breathing and we want it to be over as soon as possible. There is absolutely nothing scarier than real darkness. Not this blue-light crap that Hollywood horror films pass for the dark of night, but real blackness in which you cannot see a thing. When Micah and Katie go in search of a strange thud in the night, the only light source is coming from the camera. Just beyond the light is…well, it could be anything. There's one shot where Micah thinks he's alone upstairs with the camera, and he whips around to find Katie simply standing there behind him. But because she literally came out of the dark, it fucked my shit up and gave me my biggest scare of the film. A few minor elements didn't work for me. The visit from the psychic is pure exposition--this might be a ghost or a demon; don't antagonize it; don't try to communicate with it. All of these things the couple (primarily Micah), of course, do because nothing else seems to work. Still, I found myself getting increasingly frustrated with Micah's behavior. At times, he takes the experiences quite seriously; other times he jokes with the unseen being in a "Is that all you got?" alpha-male kind of posturing. It's obnoxious more than anything else. Again, this minor infractions all kind of vanish from memory when writer-director Oren Peli returns to that static camera shot in the bedroom and we begin to hear a low-level hum that tells us something--big or small, but always fucking creepy--is about to happen. The slow-burn pacing of PARANORMAL ACTIVITY is what absolutely sealed the deal for me. This film is patient even when we're clamoring for more. Peli knows exactly what he's doing and he slowly spoon feeds us tasty morsels of terror. After each bedroom situation, we feel we've survived an ordeal, even when very little has happened. And, holy Christ, are we happen when the film cuts to the daylight hours…until even the daylight ceases to give us salvation. So here's my pitch to those of you who have seen the film or those of you who are beyond eager to see it play near you. Contact Paramount Pictures and demand that they open this thing. Yes, it's a marketing scheme, because I can't imagine Paramount won't release this freaky bit of perfection. If they don't release it, I'm making a citizen's arrest in protest. Prepare yourself for something that actually lives up to the advanced word, and prepare yourself for assloads of people who pretend PARANORMAL ACTIVITY didn't scare them. Well, those folks are all liars.
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  • Sept. 25, 2009, 2:58 p.m. CST

    Man, this thing is hyped up,

    by lockesbrokenleg

    And yet the previews give away nothing really interesting.

  • Sept. 25, 2009, 2:59 p.m. CST

    New Book of Eli Trailer

    by JuanSanchez

  • Sept. 25, 2009, 3:01 p.m. CST

    BTW, Capone - talking in absolutes when it comes to opinion?

    by JuanSanchez

    Come on, dude. You should know better.

  • Sept. 25, 2009, 3:05 p.m. CST


    by irvingberlinalexanderputz

    The trailer gives away part of the ending, absolutely.

  • Sept. 25, 2009, 3:06 p.m. CST

    Is this 2009's TIME CRIMES?

    by -guyinthebackrow

    An indie hyped by AICN that in no way deserves any?

  • Sept. 25, 2009, 3:06 p.m. CST


    by Bouncy X

    come on now, thats exagerating. many people can't be scared by a movie, i know a few who laugh at any movie thats unrealistic in any shape. so of course since they think movies like this are shit, they wouldnt be scared or creeped out or anything. its no different that people who dont cry at sentimental movies or moments in movies. i KNOW this won't live up to the hype because every single movie i've seen that was hyped like this was either terrible or just okay. but i love horror/paranormal stuff so i'll definately see this on dvd but yeah.

  • Sept. 25, 2009, 3:07 p.m. CST

    Saw this last night in Columbus, Ohio...

    by Acid_Frio

    ....the audience didn't bounce out of their seats like in the trailer for this movie, but they reacted the same way otherwise. I had the chills when I got back home and I REALLY didn't want to turn the lights off. This is the type of movie that comes around once every decade. Please do not miss out on seeing this. You could just wait for the dvd and sit at home with the lights off........but would you?

  • Sept. 25, 2009, 3:12 p.m. CST

    This movie wasn't scary

    by CrazyGnome

    is like saying Blair Witch wasn't scary. BS, they both scared the crap of anyone who saw it in a dark theatre. It is cool to be a contrarian though.

  • Sept. 25, 2009, 3:13 p.m. CST

    I hope this doesn't get overhyped like Blair Witch

    by Ditch Brodie

    I liked Blair Witch, but the massive buildup of that movie promised something that it couldn't possibly deliver. I hope Paranormal Activity gets a solid but not excessive push so that people's expectations will either be met or exceeded, not crushed.

  • Sept. 25, 2009, 3:16 p.m. CST

    If any story begins with the phrase "I woke up..."

    by 3 Bag Enema away, or prepare to be bored.

  • Sept. 25, 2009, 3:16 p.m. CST

    I'm sure it's scary

    by lockesbrokenleg

    I remember back in the day when critics didn't hype up a movie before you saw it to such heights that you MUST be scared by it or you're a shithead.

  • Sept. 25, 2009, 3:17 p.m. CST

    The Curse of the Over-Hype

    by JuanSanchez

  • Sept. 25, 2009, 3:19 p.m. CST

    It's not contrarian...


    ....but many of us weren't frightened by it (the whole 'found footage' element is just overdone and the psychic was a huge mistake). It's doubt. But the best of the last 10 years? HARDLY.

  • Sept. 25, 2009, 3:21 p.m. CST

    Capone, what of Paramount screwing over the NYC peeps?

    by YackBacker

    I read one TBer saying only 50 seats were made available to non-critics/friends of Par. That kind of sucks, don't you agree?

  • Sept. 25, 2009, 3:22 p.m. CST

    poor Blair Witch

    by Bouncy X

    i watched that special they made detailing the whole history of the Blair Witch before ever seeing the movie. so imagine my surprise and disappointment when NONE of that was even in the movie. its cool that they created a whole backstory and stuff like that but yeah...i felt jipped. sorta like coverfield with all those websites and viral stuff. but yeah Blair wasn't scary, it had 2 creepy moments but i wasnt freaked out afterwards. but had i watched it near the woods, then i'd have a different tune. lol so Paranormal takes place in a house, a bedroom, which is where i'll be seeing it so yeah...even if it sucks, the lights will stay on a little later that night.

  • Sept. 25, 2009, 3:23 p.m. CST

    i never thought i'd jump on the grammar complaints

    by karmakitten13

    but come on...... And, holy Christ, are we happen when the film cuts to the daylight hours..... really? how HAPPEN are you?? lol

  • Sept. 25, 2009, 3:26 p.m. CST

    Bouncy X

    by lockesbrokenleg

    I watched that special, too! I really enjoyed it. It's not even on the DVD to the movie. I always wanted to see it again.

  • Sept. 25, 2009, 3:41 p.m. CST

    I watched the Blair Witch mock documentary...

    by PessimusGrime

    ...On good ol' VHS and it was packaged with the movie which was on another VHS. Bah! On you kids and your Blu-Rays! Bah! I say!

  • Sept. 25, 2009, 3:51 p.m. CST


    by the Green Gargantua

    @ 10?? could not even get in because people with no life were there all fucking day. Get a life!!! So when do I get to see this thing?

  • Sept. 25, 2009, 3:54 p.m. CST

    You can't over hype this movie...

    by Chuck_Cobra

    because the hype is true. And no one believes you. Then they see it for themselves. I've seen it twice now. Once at a test screening almost a year ago, and once last night. I had to sleep with the lights on. Again.

  • Sept. 25, 2009, 4:06 p.m. CST

    I swear, if this movie doesn't seriously fuck me up...

    by HarryCalder

    ...I'll go apeshit with disappointment. Blair Witch did it, Alien did it, Carpenter's The Thing did it... and I miss that feeling, bad.

  • Sept. 25, 2009, 4:15 p.m. CST

    Not 1 review of Surrogates or Pandorum? Yet?

    by future help

    this site is lacking...

  • Sept. 25, 2009, 4:15 p.m. CST

    No Pandorum reviews?

    by DerLanghaarige

    Because director Christian Alvart is on my watchlist for a while and I hate that it starts in the US first, although it's technically a German movie.

  • Sept. 25, 2009, 4:19 p.m. CST

    people hayped the Exorcist before and during it's run...and it s

    by future help

    example of the rare horror classic than can get ya'. I hope this is one.

  • Sept. 25, 2009, 4:20 p.m. CST

    BTW, Vern reviewed Surrogates.

    by DerLanghaarige

    Over at

  • Sept. 25, 2009, 4:20 p.m. CST

    Hyped the Exorcist..and it still scared the shit out of people.

    by future help


  • Sept. 25, 2009, 4:55 p.m. CST

    Believe the Hype...

    by paviod

    I saw it last night at a the midnight screening at Coolidge Theater in Boston. Very much like Capone, I usually don't get bothered by horror flicks. An occasional jump here and there but no usually scared enough to lose sleep. The writer/director does a phenomenal job at taking everyday things you experience in your own home and make you question them (even though you know for fact that the movie is indeed made up - thanks Harry). I would have to say this is one of the top 3 psychologically disturbing movies i've seen in a while - the pacing is perfect and you end up dreading the night fall. Of course the movie isn't without flaws - I agree with Capone in regard to Micka and the psychic, somewhat overdone but I think it added in some comic relief into this very intense movie. Either way, all is well forgotten and forgiven once we get that bedroom shot of the couple sleeping the night away and awaiting our unseen friend. Highly recommend this movie to anyone who actually enjoys well made scary movies.

  • Sept. 25, 2009, 4:59 p.m. CST

    fuck this movie and fuck DEMANDIT

    by manifestchaos

    I will see it on DVD because I'm too annoyed with you hypebeast retards trying to shepherd me over to some idiotic faux-community site to waste time asking a company to profit off me. Do you not see how ridiculous, even demeaning, this is?

  • Sept. 25, 2009, 5:06 p.m. CST


    by paviod

    Don't go see it - i personally have nothing to gain from you going to pay 10-15 bucks to the theater and actually put money down on a movie worth every buck. If you're looking for a flick that can provide you with some sort of real entertainment value for your dollar, this is it. On another hand, you're probably the type to go see Jennifer's Body. I'm sure that's worth the cent...(sarcasm).

  • Sept. 25, 2009, 5:07 p.m. CST

    When was the last time a movie really TERRIFIED?

    by BenBraddock

    Parts of 28 Days later, beginning of 28 Weeks Later, parts of REC were actually scarey.. Blair Witch had me tense more than scared all the way through, but that was probably more about hype than the actual movie. Alien and Aliens worked. But I'd have to say The Exorcist really had me TERRIFIED. Of course I saw in the cinema at 13 years of age and was truly traumatised, but, dammit, I miss that feeling, and since then it's always been about trying to get that fear "high" again, and never quite succeeding. Could this be the one?

  • Sept. 25, 2009, 5:09 p.m. CST

    Blair Witch

    by Taklamakan

    I saw Blair Witch in a darkened theater, and was not scared in the least. So I really hope this is better than Blair Witch. I was very sceptical from the descriptions, because this new film sounds like one of those Ghost Hunter-type bullshit shows we got inundated with after Blair Witch came out. But all of these wildly positive reviews have me interested.<br> And what's all this I've been reading about Spielberg adding a different ending than the film originally had? Anyone see the original ending, and was Spielberg correct in adjusting it?

  • Sept. 25, 2009, 5:14 p.m. CST

    I saw a bootleg copy of Blair Witch....

    by paviod

    ...months before the theater release and months before they announced it was fake. Great marketing. Lost sleep for about 3 days thinking about it. Back onto P.A., the creepiest parts of the movie i thought weren't the actual ghost activity but the girl's sleepwalking. Standing up and staring at her b.f. for that prolonged period of time during the night made me think what i would do if i saw my gf do that to me.

  • Sept. 25, 2009, 5:17 p.m. CST

    I second that, fuck DEMANDIT

    by the Green Gargantua

    I want to kill someone. Wasted my whole evening trying to see this fucker, and now i have to sign a petition? Go fuck yourself. Find me a torrent.

  • Sept. 25, 2009, 5:21 p.m. CST


    by LastOfTheV8Interceptors

    The only movie that actually ever terrified me as a kid and still does to this day is the 'Drop of Water' segment in Bava's "Black Sabbath". I hate and love that movie... but the first time I saw it I was a kid who was supposed to be in bed and my folks were asleep, so I think the atmosphere definitely added to the effect of the movie on me. The end of [REC] had me squirming pretty good too but it didn't stick with me like the other did... but like you, I'm hoping for this one.

  • Sept. 25, 2009, 5:39 p.m. CST


    by Neosamurai85

    Was the scariest movie I saw this decade. Period. I'm not sure I'd call it the best (Let The Right One In is classic) but I sat in my room alone in the dark with mixing headphones on and the volume up high. I got more into that film than an all-nighter of Silent Hill 3. Highly recommend watching with your best horror movie viewing conditions possible.

  • Sept. 25, 2009, 5:58 p.m. CST

    paviod: I wasn't arguing with you

    by manifestchaos

    If the movie is good, it's good. I have nothing to say about the film itself as a piece of art, because I haven't seen it and apparently won't get the chance (my city isn't even listed on DemandIt). My problem is not with the film, it's with the way AICN is overhyping it and trying to herd us over to this bullshit third-party spam-email website. If the thing is half decent it will get picked up and distributed without mob intervention. If it's not good enough to survive on its own merits (a prospect which oughtn't to worry any of the people raving about it), then fuck it.<br><br>I realize my post came immediately after yours, but I wasn't replying to you, just to the original post. AICN keeps fixating on one moving and hyping it to death for weeks at a time, and it just ruins it.<br><br>AICN: Give us some reviews of Pandorum and The Surrogates, we all know about this bloody movie now so enough is enough.

  • Sept. 25, 2009, 6:23 p.m. CST

    Zombieland is gonna blow this shit away

    by lockesbrokenleg

    Mark my words.

  • Sept. 25, 2009, 6:24 p.m. CST

    Reminds me of Ghostwatch

    by Kizeesh

    Old BBC mockumentary on round halloween one year.<p> Scared the living shit out of me as a kid. Found it on youtube recently and sadly it hasn't quite stood the tests.

  • Sept. 25, 2009, 6:26 p.m. CST


    by spud mcspud

    You're kidding! Even though knowing it's a drama after seeing it once, GHOSTWATCH still scares the shit out of me. Which is why it goes on every Halloween...

  • Sept. 25, 2009, 6:26 p.m. CST

    Ghostwatch can be seen here by the way

    by Kizeesh /watch?v=tPTDHEeLI0A

  • Sept. 25, 2009, 6:46 p.m. CST

    Fuck Paramount - Fuck DemandIt.

    by the_patriot

  • Sept. 25, 2009, 6:47 p.m. CST

    Netflix or Torrents, Here We Come.

    by the_patriot

    So not only is this opening in some random as hell places, but only for midnight shows? I don't give a damn if it's the best horror movie ever to come down the pike - that's two guaranteed ways to make sure to irritate the hell out of an audience you're trying to convince to see your flick. Straight to the Netflix list with ya. I'm not DEMANDING the the ability to pay anyone $12 for a movie they don't have an interest in me seeing.

  • Sept. 25, 2009, 8:03 p.m. CST


    by thewiseman

    i found a copy of ghostwatch on dvd in a charity shop. i was well chuffed, never knew it had been released.<p>you are right about it bein pretty shite now, but its damn good to see sarah greene in her prime

  • Sept. 25, 2009, 8:18 p.m. CST


    by lockesbrokenleg

    I couldn't leave the theater for days cause the floor was sticky.

  • Sept. 25, 2009, 8:33 p.m. CST

    This film should be in every cinema...

    by ODM

    ...across the land on October 31st. Hollywood is run by monkeys I tells ya.

  • Sept. 25, 2009, 8:47 p.m. CST

    Re: Darkness

    by Viewer 3

    I haven't seen this of course, so I'm not vouching for this movie. But you're definitely right about the darkness thing. Hollywood doesn't "get" horror. It doesn't "get" that these well-lit backgrounds that are "supposed" to represent environments of total darkness just... aren't scary. They're trying to show off their "mad set design skillz" by having a dozen soft lights in the background illuminating things just enough for you to see how much detail they put into them.<p><p>Not scary. Sorry. Play a game like Silent Hill, where you're literally in a pitch black environment with a tiny flashlight. Anyone who's ever been in complete darkness with a flashlight knows how shadows move and how it really screws with your mind; Hollywood has NEVER captured that. They don't even try. I've NEVER seen a movie that actually scared me. Not because I'm "unscarable", but rather I just NEVER feel like I'm watching anything but a movie production.<p><p>Peering into complete darkness and seeing something moving or slowly coming at you... that's something I want to see on film. Not the old closing-the-bathroom-medicine-cabinet-mirror-to-reveal-someone-standing-behind-you-accompanied-by-loud-sound-to-make-audience-jump routine. It's just gotten absolutely laughable and depressingly predictable. I'm still waiting for a non-handheld-camera-perspective movie to really raise the bar for horror, and at least TRY to usher in a new age of movies that are ACTUALLY DISTURBING. I don't think this one will do it, but even though idiots will keep buying tickets for the aforementioned awful films, I can still hope against hope that someday things get taken in the right direction.

  • Sept. 25, 2009, 9:20 p.m. CST

    The new trailer is awful

    by Scorhito

    It's a huge step down from the original trailer on the movie's website. I fear anyone who's seen the new trailer will be disappointed with the movie - it's not so much about 'boo' scares, it's more about dread and tension.

  • Sept. 25, 2009, 10:06 p.m. CST


    by paviod

    That's fair. Apologies for misunderstanding your post bud.

  • Sept. 25, 2009, 10:20 p.m. CST

    Different Endings

    by Scorpio

    Yes, there have been three different endings through the course of various releases and screenings of this movie (as far as I know, everyone saw the same one last night). Each of them have their strong points, but one of them sounds like it went on for too long. The one we ended up with (the only one I've seen) sounds as if it was the second best, but it did have a killer kick in the nuts that the remaining ending did not. Should this thing ever make it to DVD, I'm sure they'll include all three endings. They all flip to the climax at the same point. Personally, I really enjoyed it and the San Francisco crowd went pretty nuts throughout. Made it worth seeing in a theater. It did get under my skin, and is still creeping me out a bit today. But then again, I was afraid of sticks for 2 weeks after seeing Blair Witch.

  • Sept. 25, 2009, 10:36 p.m. CST

    There really are people who just don't get scared

    by ThePilgrim

    it's called life experiances. I've seen enough real bad shit and been surround in such disfunctional tripe most of my life that darkness doesn't put me into mortal coil. Even with shit scamming about inside it. I'm the sick fuck that kicks on when the sun goes down. I walk in the woods at night, fish at night, I love the dead world of night. Does this movie tap into the psychological terror, I'm sure it does. Wehn you die theres nothing but darkness anyways. Not dark as in nothing. dark as in your see nothing but and endless darkness and your still alive and aware. You'll see. the bright white light shit is rare. The blackness is common. Anyways I'll go see it. I'm sure the cat scare will get me. most cat scares do, because it'sa different type of shock effect. Please believe me the last thing i remember unsettling me real bad was pet semetary the book when i was like 13. the spider crawl int eh exorcist reissue was the last real effective cat scare that made me stand up out of my seat in feakmode, and session 9 was the last film to have me sorta uncomfortable with what I was witnessing. Not scared more like disturbed.

  • Sept. 25, 2009, 10:44 p.m. CST

    I'd like to take a guess at the cause too

    by ThePilgrim

    It's the wife. There's a real story about a teenage girl causing paranormal like shit to happen in her home, herself and her family. I wish I could remember the source. I read about it back in the 80's in a book that examined the history of psychokinesis and crap like that and how mostky females possess that power, and thats why the incidents of this trouble teen girl were thought to be ghost, when it was actually all her doing.

  • Sept. 25, 2009, 10:44 p.m. CST

    Yeah, Right

    by mike904

    This movie sounds like what I get five nights a week on cable TV.

  • Sept. 25, 2009, 10:51 p.m. CST

    Hype be damned....

    by bigbaldpapa

    I wanna see it.

  • Sept. 25, 2009, 11:02 p.m. CST


    by Toonol

    "There's a real story about a teenage girl causing paranormal like shit to happen in her home, herself and her family."<p> Well, no, not real. Any movie that pretends to be based on REAL FACTS and yet has GHOSTS becomes an unintentional comedy. It loses all horror, and becomes no more frightening than a magician's stage act. I don't mind giving a movie suspension of disbelief, but when they try to claim this 'really happened', the filmmaker is waving the lie in your face.

  • Sept. 25, 2009, 11:04 p.m. CST

    an audience of exciting young people

    by MacReady452

    thought this was good

  • Sept. 26, 2009, 12:26 a.m. CST


    by ThusSpakeSpymunk

    Well, all I know is that the trailer makes it look like I'd be spending two hours with the absolute biggest pair of gluten-free hipster douches on the planet pretending to be scared of stuff. Watch the trailer for LAKE MUNGO on youtube and see how other countries still have class. Compare this movie to that one and tell me how "real" this one seems. It's a fucking farce that this sort of thing would scare anyone. Capone, I don't buy for a second you were really scared - you bought into the hype, plain and simple, and rode "shock" scenes like "OH MY GOD, IT'S HIS WIFE BEHIND HIM!" into tricking yourself into believing it's scared. It's what Harry does all the time. Notice how his first review for VAN HELSING was like "I FUCKING LOVE THIS MOVIE! WHAT A RUSH! IT'S LIKE BEING CRAZY FUCKED UP ON SUGAR ON SATURDAY MORNING!" but his recent DVD review is like "I kinda enjoy this one..." Seriously guys, watch the trailer for LAKE MUNGO and tell me that's not infinite class compared to the lame-ass hipster shit in PARANORMAL ACTIVITY.

  • Sept. 26, 2009, 12:34 a.m. CST

    Oh, and DEMANDIT

    by ThusSpakeSpymunk

    can suck me. "PLLLLEAAAAAAASE show my movie here so I can pay for it!" I did it because I thought it was a contest to get the movie sent to your town for free. FUCK the idea of a studio making me beg them to see their movie - NETFLIX, BITCHES, YOU DON'T GET MY MONEY!

  • Sept. 26, 2009, 12:35 a.m. CST

    What about somone who...

    by Harold-Sherbort

    ...doesn't believe in anything paranormal? Will this still scare the shit out of them?

  • Sept. 26, 2009, 12:44 a.m. CST


    by ThusSpakeSpymunk

    Dude, I will pay you money to go to one of these special screenings and yell "FAAAAAKE! THERE'S NO _LIFE AFTER DEATH_!" I will pay you money. I can use the money I was gonna pay someone to go to PASSION OF THE CHRIST and cry out "Dude, he's SO not dead!" afte the burial scene.

  • Sept. 26, 2009, 12:56 a.m. CST

    ThusSpakeSpymunk--Lake Mungo

    by irvingberlinalexanderputz

    Wasn't the girl that the couple look at on the website in Paranormal Activity named Alice? The girl in Lake Mungo also named Alice. I forget, I was too busy freaking out. :)

  • Sept. 26, 2009, 12:57 a.m. CST


    by ThusSpakeSpymunk

    Yep, and isn't LAKE MUNGO so much more real and classy than PA?

  • Sept. 26, 2009, 12:59 a.m. CST

    The ending---SPOILERS

    by irvingberlinalexanderputz

    Scorpio, the endings I've read about DO sound like they took way too long and didn't fit with the rest of the movie. I didn't realize there was any CGI in the one I saw until later, reading about it when it flashed into my memory. All I can remember at the time was having the shit scared out of me, so I guess it was pretty effective

  • Sept. 26, 2009, 1:01 a.m. CST


    by irvingberlinalexanderputz

    I haven't seen Lake Mungo yet, it sounds interesting. All I know is that PA was, in a word, EFFECTIVE. It sets out not only to scare but to make you feel uncomfortable in your own home. Last time I felt that way was after seeing Ju-On, think I had every light in the house on after that.

  • Sept. 26, 2009, 1:21 a.m. CST

    Is it REALLY scary? Cause the trailer aint scary.

    by GibsonUSA Returns

    Its just stuff moving around...who cares?<BR> Even the Youtube comments talk about how it doesnt look scary AT ALL.

  • Sept. 26, 2009, 1:23 a.m. CST

    Stuff moving around? So? I can do that in Simcity.

    by GibsonUSA Returns

    The trailer looks completely unscary, but I may give it a shot, given the hype.

  • Sept. 26, 2009, 1:33 a.m. CST

    .....and how do ghosts keep up with technology?

    by GibsonUSA Returns

    Light switches and the lights they turn on are man-made. So do ghosts know how to use the internet now too? Do they Twitter? Do they know how to drive a six-speed manual transmission car? <BR><BR> ...thats what I dont get. How would they know to haunt using modern human technology? Shouldnt they be the woods and confused and stuff when cars drive by?....."duh..whats that?"

  • Sept. 26, 2009, 1:35 a.m. CST

    Lets say they tear down a haunted house and build a NASA station

    by GibsonUSA Returns

    Would the ghosts haunt NASA? Would they even know where the heck they are and whats going on?

  • Sept. 26, 2009, 1:44 a.m. CST

    How Come No Ghost Cave Men?

    by ThusSpakeSpymunk


  • Sept. 26, 2009, 2:17 a.m. CST

    Capone - get a proof-reader...

    by Ray Gamma

    I know you were tired when you wrote this review, but come on man, some of those paragraphs didn't even make any sense. I don't have time to re-read movie reviews four times to try to work out what the writer is blathering on about. Get a proof-reader.

  • Sept. 26, 2009, 2:45 a.m. CST


    by BenBraddock

    Interesting, I've never actually heard of BLACK SABBATH... but will check it out right now! If this has anything to do with Ozzy Osbourne then I'm going to very disappointed...;-)

  • Sept. 26, 2009, 2:58 a.m. CST

    It does...

    by LastOfTheV8Interceptors

    .. but only in that it's where the band took their name from. :) It's a portmanteau film with 3 different stories. One is a vampire sort of story with Boris Karloff (it's good too!), one is a giallo story involving some chicks (it's ok) and the show stopper (the one I mentioned) is straight up supernatural creepiness.

  • Sept. 26, 2009, 3 a.m. CST

    Ending Blackness? SPOILERS

    by EvilBachus

    Just got back from a showing and I'm trying to figure out if the theater screwed us. The manager talk before the movie made note that no one at the theater had seen the movie yet, but that the filmmaker told the theater that the movie isn't over until the credits roll. So at the end, Katie attacks the camera. The text tells us what happens to the characters. A single screen appears with copyright info (no credits), and then it's just solid blackness for a minute or so (I remember reading something about this). Then the lights came up and everyone in the theater is "WTF?" Almost no one leaves. After about 15 minutes a lackey finally comes in and says the movie really is over and we've gotta leave. The manager swears the same outside. Was that the full ending?

  • Sept. 26, 2009, 3:13 a.m. CST

    Loved it...

    by Barrock

    Demons are some scary mother fuckers. I really hope we get the other endings on DVD. The original sounds REALLY awesome.

  • Sept. 26, 2009, 4:44 a.m. CST

    Ending, spoilers, the trailer

    by irvingberlinalexanderputz

    Again: do NOT watch the trailer, it gives away a big part of the ending. I swear, almost as bad as the trailer and poster for Quarantine. I'm surprised and disappointed that AICN didn't pick up on this and warn folks. I guess being part of the whole 'DEMAND IT' publicity machine and getting your face on the screen before the movie was more important.

  • Sept. 26, 2009, 5:05 a.m. CST

    I'll watch this garbage for FREE

    by Mariusz

    This is another overhyped piece of trash a la Blair Witch. That movie sucked and I'm sure this one will too. It's all in the marketing. They're doing a helluva job with it. Then you get jackasses like Capone & Harry blowing smoke and trying to get everyone to watch this movie. Makes you wonder what kind of deal they got from the studio... Hmmm.

  • Sept. 26, 2009, 8:23 a.m. CST

    Agreed-- Fuck Demand It

    by Battybrain

    The trailer makes the movie look good, the brazenness of trying to sign me up for more spam makes me want to boycott the film. >p<Who actually buys shit from those spam e-mail anyways?

  • Sept. 26, 2009, 11:25 a.m. CST


    by ThusSpakeSpymunk

    Batty, you've got the right idea here. The DEMANDIT machine must NOT be allowed to spread, to the point where genre fans not only have to humiliate themselves to the studio by begging for movies to even be made but also for them to be released in their home town. BOYCOTT PARANORMAL ACTIVITY! When it opens in your area, post on AICN saying you're NOT going to go see this piece of trash because of its exploitative release methodology. DON'T GO SEE IT, and write the studio and say why!

  • Sept. 26, 2009, 12:50 p.m. CST

    People on here saying...

    by stemp11

    they don't get scared are just a bunch of fucking skinny ass nerds being (trying) to be tough because this is the only place in the world where they can make it seem like they are. "ive been through soooo much bad shit in my life! i dont get scared!" fuck off you don't get scared!

  • Sept. 26, 2009, 1:05 p.m. CST

    Psychological thrillers only works on certain people.

    by ganymede3010

    I'm one of those people. Even though I don't actually believe in paranormal activity. But it's easy for me to suspend my disbelief's and experience a movie of this caliber as If it were real. I'll probably check this out since nothing else out is worth seeing at the moment.

  • Sept. 26, 2009, 2:47 p.m. CST


    by lockesbrokenleg

    It was a big blobby thing.

  • Sept. 26, 2009, 2:58 p.m. CST


    by Harold-Sherbort

    I'll do it for free, because I'm a dick like that.

  • Sept. 26, 2009, 3:17 p.m. CST

    By the way

    by Harold-Sherbort

    I demanded it for my area, and there is a little box that you can uncheck that asks you if you want emails from them sent to you.

  • Sept. 26, 2009, 3:40 p.m. CST

    I kinda liked Blair Witch

    by lockesbrokenleg

    mainly cause I've been to the town it was set.

  • Sept. 26, 2009, 3:51 p.m. CST

    whats the ending spoiler in the trailer?

    by Bouncy X

    is it the shot of the guy flying towards the camera? that seems like a way they might end it. as for the "those who say they werent scared are losers", how dare someone else not be scared by the same things as you...damn them to hell!! :P

  • Sept. 26, 2009, 4:17 p.m. CST

    Paranormal Activity..."okay" at best

    by Outlaw

    The shitty acting from the female lead pulled me out of the movie a number of times. And it was cliched as fuck...just shot Blair Witch style. Nothing new here.

  • Sept. 26, 2009, 6:52 p.m. CST

    You know what scares me?

    by ThusSpakeSpymunk

    War in the Middle East, terrorists in New York, Iran, AIDS, starvation and famine conditions in Africa. Fuck you and your little movie - you think you've got relevance in the real world? Who cares for you?

  • Sept. 26, 2009, 6:55 p.m. CST

    As a teen, best part of these movies is right before watching it

    by GibsonUSA Returns

    As a teen, me and my friends used to overhype things like crazy...sometimes just for the attention, and sometimes just to be dramatic. I think a lot of teens are like that. <BR><BR> As a teen, best part of blair was right before watching it...all overhyped cause all my friends were freaking out about how scary it was. Actual movie was boring. <BR><BR> Some people never grow out of that teen stuff...they just keep overhyping shit and trying to get too much into it.

  • Sept. 26, 2009, 8:25 p.m. CST

    I agree with ThePilgrim

    by A G

    I have been through such hellishly terrifying experiences in my life, in many cases for unbearable periods of time, that I have become literally high as my brain tries to conceal the horror. I remember walking through my house in the pitch black and thinking "Didn't this used to scare me as a kid? Why doesn't it now?", then I quickly remembered my REAL LIFE and how much of a hardened bastard I had become and continued to walk on.

  • Sept. 26, 2009, 9:03 p.m. CST

    I want this film so bad I can taste it..

    by justinvsky1

    Hope it comes to VA. I gotta move back to LA for this exact reason. For cool film reviews head to my site @

  • Sept. 27, 2009, 1:25 a.m. CST

    The reward and praise system for shocking "didnt see it coming"

    by ThePilgrim

    endings needs to stop. I am watching choke for the first time, and again the bigger area of the films appeal is the ending. When we find out he's not really her son, she's not a really a doctor, he not a clone. Anyone can do this shit, so why do we aplaud it like we do. the real grab in this film is now at the end mroe than anywhere else. Choke is a good movie, but fuck I'm tired of films and stories pulling this shit to win love. Just goes to show that People Love Surprises...

  • Sept. 27, 2009, 3:57 a.m. CST

    It's not scary, it's just Poltergeist...

    by quintana007

    ...for the Generation YouTube. Someone had to say it.

  • Sept. 27, 2009, 11:13 a.m. CST


    by Azby

    I'm glad I didn't see that back in '92 when I was 8. I would have been traumatized. "What big eyes you have, what big ears you have" Freakin' chilling.

  • Sept. 27, 2009, 11:23 a.m. CST

    Ghostwatch airs yearly here in canada...

    by Bouncy X

    around Halloween, our horror channel Scream airs it. although they recently changed their name to Dusk (so retarded) so i dont know if they'll change this yearly tradition.

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  • Sept. 27, 2009, 11:39 a.m. CST


    by SavageJuicebox

    The Loews cinema at Universal Citywalk where I saw this film last night ALMOST ruined the experience. Me and my friend arrive and are ushered into a roped off line to wait to enter the theater. We notice that people showing up in large parties are being seated first, wtf?! So we meet a nice family in the line and we agree to all pretend we are together. We are shown into the theater which is half full from the top down. We get some nice middle center seats. Life seems to be good. Then fat ass with a walkie talkie comes down from the back row and starts screaming at us! "I ALREADY SEATED SOME OF YOU BACK UP THERE AND YOU MOVED DOWN HERE, YOU CAN EITHER GO BACK UP THERE OR I CAN REFUND YOUR TICKET AND YOU CAN LEAVE!". So the people we are with start flipping out and talking about how they drove 2 hours to be here, and who the fuck does he think he is? The guy just keeps repeating he is gonna call security. So me and my friend are like "fuck this, they're lucky we really want to see this movie" and go sit up in the nosebleeds section. The people we went in with stay in their heated argment and security comes. The rest of the audience start chanting "Let them stay!" with random shouts of "FUCK YOUR NAZI SEATING SYSTEM" and "SEATING PEOPLE ISN'T ROCKET SCIENCE". So 12am rolls around and the whole bottom half of the theater is empty, proving the whole strong arm seating maneuver was fucking pointless because it wasn't even sold out. Fuck AMC Universal Cinaplex, fuck them in their stupid asses.

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  • Sept. 27, 2009, 12:06 p.m. CST

    Oh sorry Taintlick

    by SavageJuicebox

    Let me step aside and let your incredibly clever and humorous posts dazzle us all.

  • Sept. 27, 2009, 1:30 p.m. CST

    Until you actually see the film...

    by alifeincomplete

    ...keep your fat mouths shut--keep stuffing them with Cheetos while your choad fingers plink away at your keyboard and wipe grease on your three-day-old t-shirt. Regardless of what you think of this movie, it serves no purpose to post about how much it (looks like) sucks without having taken the effing time to see it yourself. There's nothing worse online than idiot film toadies bitching about movies that they haven't even seen yet. Having said that, I saw it last night and it was awesome. The movie has an incredibly creepy atmosphere and I'm amazed how they can take the simplest things and make them utterly unnerving (a door opening or lights turning on).

  • Sept. 27, 2009, 4:23 p.m. CST


    by JackLucas

    What you said. Was gonna write up my own tirade but you said it good enough for the both of us. Saw it last night myself and was one of the best theatre experiences of my long filmgoing life. If you haven't seen it, you do not know. So shut the fuck up and go jerk off to another Bang Bros sample fiesta you sticky tainted ass scratchers.

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  • Sept. 27, 2009, 10:10 p.m. CST


    by thegreatwhatzit

    Agree with you 100% (BLACK SABBATH's "Drop of Water" episode)--I'm still haunted by its influence on my early adolescence. SCARY! I was subsequently hammered by THE HAUNTING ('63 version, forget the lame remake); the flexible doors, the abrupt "trap door" cutaway to Lois Hamilton, etc. And not a drop of blood! Zip gore. Modern (horror) films prefer to repulse; suspense (fear) is the challenge of a REAL filmmaker. And God bless Mario Bava.

  • Sept. 28, 2009, 2:16 a.m. CST

    AMC Universal Orlano hates sitting people in good seats

    by lockesbrokenleg

    Anyway, whenever I get passes for these free things it's never assigned seating. It's a fucking free for all.

  • Sept. 28, 2009, 3:43 a.m. CST

    Sounds like a job for...

    by Johnny Wishbone

    Derek Acorah.

  • Sept. 28, 2009, 8:57 a.m. CST

    AMC Universal was a weird experience!

    by msdrtr

    I was behind you Savage. I just can't understand what the deal was. They led me and my daughter to perfect seats. So, we didn't have a problem. But, I thought that the whole row by row forced seating thing was strange. The movie was amazing. Believe the hype. It may not give most people nightmares, but it was a well made little movie. Oh, and ditto, alifeincomplete. And TAINTLICK? Do you have licking services? Mine is quite rype. And don't forget to lick DEEZ NUTS!...

  • Oct. 7, 2009, 10:16 a.m. CST

    This movie is a huge let down

    by smoothrubbersoul

    I live in Santa Clara, CA where this has come out. I saw this last friday night. The only reason its selling out is because they only show it once a day on the weekends. This movie was a really great college effort, but they could have used some studio notes or something. Just one person to tell them, hey um most of this is poorly paced and you will bore most of the audience. There are very FEW scares, and you see the ENTIRE climax show in the commercial, all 10 seconds of it. So if you want to pay your money for 90 min of waiting for a underwhelming 10 second pay off, have fun. Me and my gf regretted it,

  • Oct. 7, 2009, 10:31 a.m. CST

    by smoothrubbersoul

    All they did with the slow pacing is turn something that could have had a 30 minute run time into something they could put in a movie theater. And Capon, just because you're apparently afraid of the dark don't act like everyone else is a liars because we didn't say "Oh my god!" at ever tired cliche this over rates indi-fest threw at the audience. That said I'm glad you enjoyed it. I think this is a waste of money, wait for DVD if you HAVE to see it.

  • Oct. 11, 2009, 11:43 p.m. CST


    by kgerm

    I was fucking bored. I wanted to walk out. [rec] is the real deal. Fuck this shit.

  • Oct. 11, 2009, 11:43 p.m. CST


    by kgerm

    I was fucking bored. I wanted to walk out. [rec] is the real deal. Fuck this shit.

  • Oct. 21, 2009, 10:41 a.m. CST

    Capone just PROVED that he is on Paramount's Payroll

    by movienutz

    Telling us to "DEMAND" this piece of crap, cheap High-School home video crap ? Don't even try to deny it. Just cash your check, and shut up.

  • Nov. 1, 2009, 5:51 p.m. CST

    Destroyed Blair witch by a mile.

    by Powerring

    This was surprisingly good. It did draw scare techniques from BW, exorcist, and the ring. I guarantee a large segment of the audience went home and didn't sleep worth a shit afterward. My caveats: WTF would they leave the door open at night and not install a lock? WTF did they stay there once it was established as malevolent? And finally, the male lead character seemed to jokey for the gravity of the situation. This movie would be even more intense without the continual attempts at comic relief.

  • Nov. 1, 2009, 9:41 p.m. CST

    I agree PowerRing...

    by iamnicksaicnsn

    it had "creepy elements" to it. But overall it was comPLETELY unrealistic as a narrative. You're telling me, that after all the weird shit they saw, even in the early nights, that they wouldn't call the Demon guy, ASAP, that the Ghost guy didn't know ANOTHER Demon guy, that this guy Micah would act like an asshole to the level that he did, that the website had anything to do with anything, that Micah would just stay there that last night, etc etc etc etc.

  • Nov. 7, 2009, 2:12 a.m. CST

    The reason people walked out of the theaters

    by boogy110

    was not be cause it's so scary, it's because it is unbelievably fucking boring. They over hyped the shit out of this to the point that I was already being let down before I e3ven saw the flick. Definitely not worth the 20 bucks for 2 tickets I paid.

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