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PARANORMAL ACTIVITY may open nationwide, if 1 million of you Demand It!!!

Hey everyone. Capone in Chicago here. I’m genuinely fascinated by Paramount Pictures marketing strategy regarding the long-delayed, oft-tweaked scare film PARANORMAL ACTIVITY. As I said in my review from Fantastic Fest, the film is one of those rare wonders that actually did live up to every expectation I had going into it about the quality of the horror and the slow-burn atmosphere, punctuated by some of the most terrifying shit I’ve seen in ages. After seeing thousands of people in several major cities line up a couple weeks ago to see the free screening of PARANORMAL ACTIVITY, it’s clear to me that demand for this thing is deservedly high. Subsequent paid midnight showing have been selling out to satisfied crowds, and I, for one, am a little bit desperate to see it at least one more time and drag some friends along with me. Based on the response to their “Demand It!” program (which is bringing PARANORMAL ACTIVITY to individual cities based on registered demands), the film is opening this weekend in 12 markets--Boston, Charlotte, Cincinnati, Cleveland, El Paso, Hampton Roads metro area, Indianapolis, Kansas City, Pittsburgh, Portland, Salt Lake City, and Toronto. Lucky bastards. I’m guessing Chicago isn’t on this list because the film is scheduled to screen during the Chicago Film Festival this Saturday, October 10 at 10:30. If that’s not the reason, then I’m ashamed of my city. Have I taught you nothing, people?! I’ve always suspected that this film will see the light of day/dark of night by the time Halloween rolled around, but apparently there’s a way for those of you who are desperate to see it to make sure that happens. Paramount has vowed to give the film a full-on nationwide release in every city, big or small, as soon as 1 million demands are registered at If the running tally on the site is accurate, the demands nationwide are creeping toward 400,000. That’s an incredibly healthy start, but there’s still a long way to go. In addition, one fan from the list of those demanding to see the film will receive a VIP screening of PARANORMAL ACTIVITY in their hometown with the film’s director/writer/producer Oren Peli. It’s beyond frustrating that I can’t just skip to my local cineplex and see this movie right now. It gives me night terrors thinking about how long I have to wait to see this again. As fun as I think it would be to see this movie at home with other who enjoy being scared, it’s so much more fun being in a theater filled with folks fully prepared to fill their diaper. No pressure or anything, but the future of horror as we know it is in your hands. -- Capone Follow Me On Twitter

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  • Oct. 6, 2009, 3:49 p.m. CST

    ...and yet G-FORCE opened everywhere.

    by FlickaPoo

  • Oct. 6, 2009, 3:51 p.m. CST

    nationwide release

    by jmn

    It pains me to see this not get a nationwide release with a strong marketing campaign while crap like Saw 6 is given the full on treatment.

  • Oct. 6, 2009, 3:51 p.m. CST

    yeah yeah.....just release the damn thing internationally alread

    by Seth Brundle

    the whole "demand it" thing is stupid, the movie is clearly good, just give it a proper fuckin release soon

  • Oct. 6, 2009, 3:53 p.m. CST the lack of release real or just a way to build buzz?...

    by FlickaPoo

    ...I wonder if I would ever have even heard of this movie if not for the good reviews combined with the weird unseeabilty.

  • Oct. 6, 2009, 3:54 p.m. CST

    genuinely fascinated !!!!

    by Series7

    I was too until I realized that its pretty much playing out like any other limited release film. Shit Big Fan is doing the same thing right now. Only difference is that its only showing at Midnight showings, so it looks like the movie is doing gangbusters. I mean compared to how much it cost to make sure, but its been sitting around for awhile so I don't know how the directors been able to buy coke for his habit.

  • Oct. 6, 2009, 3:55 p.m. CST

    Check ti again

    by teh awesome

    It's already up and over 1 million.

  • Oct. 6, 2009, 3:56 p.m. CST

    check IT again.

    by teh awesome

    Looks like we'll be seeing it at a theater near us.

  • Oct. 6, 2009, 3:56 p.m. CST

    I don't get why studios try SOOO fucking hard

    by Series7

    To generate buzz for movies that cost nothing? I guess because they know they get a huge chunk of the profits because the indie film maker sold their life away to get a distribution deal? <P> While some movies that studios produce and cost a shit ton of money get shat out to little or no buzz? I know the hope is a quick grab at an opening weekend. Its just odd. I mean this film made its money back probably after its first screening.

  • Oct. 6, 2009, 3:57 p.m. CST

    This makes sense to me...

    by MemphisANiD

    Does anyone else believe that no matter what they will release this for halloween nationwide? This seems like they are putting this out there to generate even more hype and will say they received 1 million demands no matter what? That type of hype marketing makes sense to me

  • Oct. 6, 2009, 3:58 p.m. CST

    So ....


    Is it true the ending sucks??? .... Something about a body being flung into the camera???

  • Oct. 6, 2009, 3:59 p.m. CST

    The marketing for this movie astounds me

    by lockesbrokenleg

    They are desperate so they need to set up this shitty trailer, and beg the net people to save this movie? It just sounds so desperate.

  • Oct. 6, 2009, 4:01 p.m. CST

    If studios can release Kate Hudson movies, why not this?

    by YackBacker

    What's with the cocktease, Paramount? You've been releasing shit for years. And if this movie is good, quit the nonsense in trying to "build buzz"-- you come off like a cheap French whore.

  • Oct. 6, 2009, 4:01 p.m. CST


    by Series7

    Paranormal Activity, Where the Wild Things Are, Trick R Treat..... 2009 has been a great year for movies I saw in 2007.

  • Oct. 6, 2009, 4:04 p.m. CST

    I demanded it....,

    by Jamie McBain

    So hopefully, it will be shown in Toronto, soon.

  • Oct. 6, 2009, 4:05 p.m. CST

    i'm glad you enjoy this movie

    by JettL93

    it was a tough ride, but i think we deliverd a great film

  • Oct. 6, 2009, 4:05 p.m. CST

    such a fuckin wank

    by MacReady452

    What studio has this? Of course it is gonna be nation wide and if it fails it will be because the studio didn't promote adn support it. This internet campaign is very similar to BWP ten years ago. Just put it out already. HHHMMMM...try advertising on TV maybe. What a concept.

  • Oct. 6, 2009, 4:07 p.m. CST

    Wanted to see it weeks ago...

    by BoggyCreekBeast

    But now, not so much. This weird roll out is working against it for me, as I'm not going to the other side of Seattle at freaking midnight to go see this one. Either open it wide or send it to video.

  • Oct. 6, 2009, 4:07 p.m. CST

    Living in NYC has its perks

    by slone13

    It's got plenty of drawbacks, too, but when it comes to movies we've got it made.

  • Oct. 6, 2009, 4:14 p.m. CST


    by Alec.Eiffel

    you're out of control, man.

  • Oct. 6, 2009, 4:18 p.m. CST

    They are going to release it no matter what

    by jimmy_009

    I hate this marketing bullshit. You know they have every intention in the world to release it wide.

  • Oct. 6, 2009, 4:21 p.m. CST


    by Mr. Nice Gaius

    I want that market demographic report on my desk by 7am tomorrow morning.

  • Oct. 6, 2009, 4:23 p.m. CST

    Wait... Indianapolis?

    by ebonic_plague

    I'm just not used to seeing the words "Indianapolis" and "lucky bastards" used together very often. Well sheee-it. I'll have to postpone the barn-raising and call off the revival and pick up Cletus and Erma in the Joadmobile and head out to the Megalo-plex in town. I'm gonna yell "FIRST!" in the theater.

  • Oct. 6, 2009, 4:25 p.m. CST

    It opens in Chicago

    by Cpt. Arnoldo

    this weekend. I work at the theatre in Evanston (Century 12, Cinearts 6) and we are getting 2 prints of it. I'm gonna get to screen it tomorrow night...I love being a projectionist. A Serious Man just got here, too. I'm in for quite the week!

  • Oct. 6, 2009, 4:35 p.m. CST

    by UCFKevin

    The whole release marketing thing is a great idea and is definitely garnering a lot of attention. The television and internet marketing, however, is mindboggling. I was lucky to have seen the movie last week but was absolutely appalled at the money shot of the movie, the BIG scare, being in the goddamn commercials/trailers. It's fucking ridiculous. But I guess with a movie like this, it's hard to show footage of a married couple bickering about ghosts to get people excited about a horror movie. As it stands, however, a bunch of damn good scares in it but it didn't keep me up at night. The booze might've stopped that, though.

  • Oct. 6, 2009, 4:37 p.m. CST

    i am one of the "lucky" few who has seen it already

    by ultimateedition

    And sorry to spoil the party, but it was an ok movie. Not horrible but not the biggest scary movie you will ever see. I could have done with watching it on dvd just fine. This movie, just like the blair witch project, relies too heavy on marketing, and because of that, this movie, just like witch, will be remember for the great marketing, rather then the movie itself.

  • Oct. 6, 2009, 4:38 p.m. CST

    Ah Star Trek still the best movie of the year.

    by lockesbrokenleg

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  • Oct. 6, 2009, 4:44 p.m. CST


    by Series7

    You gonna put Star Trek over Crank 2? I mean Crank 2 has been getting all this Oscar buzz, and its a fucking magnificent movie. Then again I'm pretty sure your not old enough to see R rated movies on your own.

  • Oct. 6, 2009, 4:45 p.m. CST


    by lockesbrokenleg

    I mean a movie has to have ASS KICKING in it, and Crank 2 had no ASS KICKING!!

  • Oct. 6, 2009, 4:48 p.m. CST

    You know that girl who keeps telling you...

    by HarryCalder hot she is in bed, the crazy things she'll do to you, "just beg for it, baby, and I'll rock your world," etc.? And then you finally get her in the sack, and she's certainly a fun time, but ultimately kind of forgettable? "Paranormal Activity" is smelling like that girl right about now... Calm the fuck down, sweetie...

  • Oct. 6, 2009, 4:51 p.m. CST

    so, this, but not for...

    by cifra

    Trick r' Treat?

  • Oct. 6, 2009, 4:53 p.m. CST

    w00t! Fuck yah, Toronto!!!!

    by Super Rabbi

    w00t to T.o. geeks!

  • Oct. 6, 2009, 4:55 p.m. CST

    HarryCalder, thats every movie now a days

    by Nerd_Rage_Retard_Strength

    that said. paranormal activity is a great movie.

  • Oct. 6, 2009, 4:56 p.m. CST

    Go watch CRANK 1 again

    by Series7

  • Oct. 6, 2009, 4:59 p.m. CST

    Not even that hyped for this movie...

    by Sardonic

    But I'm signing it anyway, because more indie movies deserve a wide-release, especially with all the stupid fucking bullshit that gets full releases these days. If you're a true movie fan, you'll support this movie!

  • Oct. 6, 2009, 5 p.m. CST

    Wasn't Crank rated PG 13?

    by lockesbrokenleg

    Such a silly rating PG 13. Why not change the R rated to PG 22 or some bull shit?

  • Oct. 6, 2009, 5:06 p.m. CST

    MacReady it's impossible for it to fail.

    by SirLoin

    It's already a success. The movie cost 11000 to make and it's almost made a million by now. Anything at this point is icing on the cake.

  • Oct. 6, 2009, 5:17 p.m. CST

    This is a fucking joke

    by ToshiroShimura

    So ONE MILLION of us have to band together to get this movie, which cost a few thousand dollars to produce, a wide theatrical release? Whereas, fucking Transformers (1 or 2) which cost hundreds of millions, were shat onto the screens regardless of if we wanted them or not. Why don't the studios poll us everytime a new piece of shit is in the works? Why is it, that when a decent, smaller film warrants distribution, the studios are hesitant? Who the fuck is releasing this movie? Paramount? Those douchebags should shove this idea straight up their asses. Paranormal Activity should be released world-wide because of its merits, not because Paramount wants to ensure they're going to break Blair Witch's budget to box-office ratio. This actually makes me not want to see this movie. I was one of the 400,000 (apparently) who demanded this movie (Go Calgary!), but I almost want to rescind my request. Can I just mail a cheque to the writer/director? I don't want the studio getting a penny from me

  • Oct. 6, 2009, 5:19 p.m. CST

    cheap "jump" scares...or the real thing?

    by FleshMachine

    making people scared and jump by suddenly showing things on screen is cheap horror. every second internet emailed spam type video does that. is this a good movie or not? blair witch was pretty effective i thought. whats the truth here? real thing or hype?

  • Oct. 6, 2009, 5:20 p.m. CST

    "Saw 28" - wide release!

    by kolchak

    "Paranormal Activity" and "Trick 'R Treat" - WOAH. THIS SHIT LOOKS GOOD. SLOW DOWN. Let's just go straight to DVD.

  • Oct. 6, 2009, 5:21 p.m. CST


    by kolchak

    Paranormal Activity was genuinely scary. Suspense build up of a Hitchcockian nature.

  • Oct. 6, 2009, 5:23 p.m. CST

    This is a stupid new-media ploy

    by CmdX

    Paramount already had an easy path for a nationwide release and probably planned the rollout awhile ago. Waiting for 1m 'eventful' requests is just a ploy to build 'buzz' for the film.

  • Oct. 6, 2009, 5:25 p.m. CST

    I love fake counters

    by Celicynd

    fake counter is fake.<p /> The counter increments at even intervals, and resets when you refresh. I'm willing to bet that it just goes up a certain amount at specific times.

  • Oct. 6, 2009, 5:26 p.m. CST

    Captialist filmmaking

    by lockesbrokenleg

    Serenity used it, PA uses it, I'm sure other movies in the future will use it.

  • Oct. 6, 2009, 5:29 p.m. CST

    I endorse this film

    by bishopfan85

    Caught it in L.A. a couple of days ago and haven't stopped talking about it. I haven't been that freaked out while watching a film ever. And since the entire audience seemed to share my sentiments I'm not worried about the small handful who may not agree that it's deservant of at least being in the top 5 best suspense thrillers made. It is simple, it is low budget but it's also astonishingly and excessively effective. The hype is worth it and I hope this formula doesn't get basterdized by big budget productions down the road.

  • Oct. 6, 2009, 5:36 p.m. CST

    Fucking pisses me off.

    by SebastianHaff

    Why is it with movies like this the studios always spend money to acquire them, then can't figure out what the fuck to do with 'em? Paranormal Activity was a hit at the festivals and scared the living shit out of audiences all over the place. So build a marketing campaign around how ungodly scary the flick is, release it in October, the month that for some reason has the LEAST amount of horror films every year (outside the Saw series), and rake the fucking cash in. <p><br> Why did the Weinsteins even buy Mandy Lane? Just to shelve it? <br><p> What ever happened to Ricky 6? <br><p> Why did Session 9, the finest horror film of the decade, play so few theaters even though it had at least one recognizable name actor (Caruso)? <br><p> I don't have the answers. Just fucking pisses me off that the studios keep getting flops when they produce shit like Pandorum and Orphan, yet they continue to make ONLY those kinds of horror films. Those assembly line crummy scare flicks don't make much money (not after prints and advertising at least), nobody likes them, yet that's all the studios are interested in making. <br><p> Seems to me if you want to make the most money possible, you offer a product people fucking want.

  • Oct. 6, 2009, 5:37 p.m. CST

    Fuck the hype...

    by ToshiroShimura

    ...and forget this lame attempt at drawing up interest. People ARE interested! Money is to be made Paramount, stop fucking around and release this thing! A couple nicely placed trailers, and the already spreading word-of-mouth should be all this flick needs. I want to see this movie before Halloween, thanks

  • Oct. 6, 2009, 5:40 p.m. CST


    by ToshiroShimura

    It's almost like someone out there wants us watching the same old tired shit over and over. Sure, they throw us a bone now and then, but that's just to shut up us geeks. Who finances these pieces of shit?

  • Oct. 6, 2009, 5:40 p.m. CST

    Can someone PLEASE hack that counter and set it to 0

    by YackBacker

    Fuck these marketing twats.

  • Oct. 6, 2009, 5:42 p.m. CST

    Hell, even Cloverfield had a wide release

    by lockesbrokenleg

    Maybe PA needs a cool internet game?

  • Oct. 6, 2009, 5:45 p.m. CST

    I could use a bj

    by Melvin_Pelvis

    you know how to get my vote<p> this movie interests me not at all

  • Oct. 6, 2009, 5:46 p.m. CST

    tell them to fuck off

    by johnnylawless2

    if they don't want to release their movie, fine. Since when do we have to beg to get films released?? If they made it two years ago just to sit on it, then fine, it was their money.

  • Oct. 6, 2009, 5:51 p.m. CST

    Paranormal Activity was already opening this weekend

    by JackLint

    There was some discussion on it on Roger Ebert's site, and he cited the 9th as the release date a while ago. Also, those who badmouth Orphan are probably making judgments off the terrible trailer. Those who saw it know it's actually one of the best thrillers in a long time (discounting the godawful last line ripped off from The Ring 2).

  • Oct. 6, 2009, 5:51 p.m. CST

    Fucking Toronto.

    by Royston Lodge

    I bet you dollars to doughnuts it plays at the Bloor Street Cinema.

  • Oct. 6, 2009, 5:53 p.m. CST

    Hampton Roads metro area?!?!

    by Royston Lodge

    That's kinda weird. Are lotsa naval officers fans of this kinda stuff?

  • Oct. 6, 2009, 5:56 p.m. CST

    Nah that's okay.

    by TakingScorpiosCalls

  • Oct. 6, 2009, 5:57 p.m. CST

    It is playing on Chicago Wednesday night 10/07/09!!!

    by wackybantha

    AMC Rivers East 21!!! One show only at 10:40p.m.!!!!! I'll be in bed!!!

  • Oct. 6, 2009, 5:59 p.m. CST

    Why do all the shows have to be at 1 am?

    by lockesbrokenleg

    Who goes to see a movie at 1 am?

  • Oct. 6, 2009, 6:02 p.m. CST

    Chicago does get it this weekend, Capone!!!

    by wackybantha

    Check the listings!!! City North 14 & Crown Village 18!!! And projectionist Cpt. Arnoldo up there says that it opens in Evanston (Century 12 / Cinearts 6)!!!!!!!

  • Oct. 6, 2009, 6:05 p.m. CST

    Yes, it plays during the day and evening while you're awake!!!

    by wackybantha

    No coffee needed!!!!

  • Oct. 6, 2009, 6:05 p.m. CST

    I've had enough of this Marketing scheme

    by ganymede3010

    Release the damn movie already.

  • Oct. 6, 2009, 6:08 p.m. CST


    by MacReady452

    Your right. I miss spoke. I meant if it fails to reach a theater near me. It was shot on my moms camcorder with a bottle return budget. Of course it will make money.

  • Oct. 6, 2009, 6:22 p.m. CST

    saw this last night, FUCKING AWESOME

    by Bob C. Cock

    you all need to demand that this gets a wide release

  • Oct. 6, 2009, 6:25 p.m. CST

    Royston Lodge

    by Canuck815

    It's gonna be at the Yonge and Dundas AMC, but only with this midnight screening fuckery. So much for driving the hour to TO to check it out.

  • Oct. 6, 2009, 6:31 p.m. CST

    Canuck815: That's actually kinda interesting.

    by Royston Lodge

    That's a high-profile theatre, which means they want this movie to get pretty decent exposure from this screening, which will hopefully drive demand for more theatres.<p> If they ran it at Bloor Street then it would get some exposure amongst the cinephiles but almost no impact on the wider moviegoing public.<p> I feel encouraged by the knowledge you've laid upon us.

  • Oct. 6, 2009, 6:37 p.m. CST

    Just over 8 days from now...

    by durikaj

    ...if the counter is to be trusted, 50 new demands are made every minute. Extrapolate out to reach 1,000,000 demands, and it will take approximately 8.4 days, or round about Thursday next week. Sooooo...ya think this is the plan all release next Thursday?

  • Oct. 6, 2009, 6:41 p.m. CST

    I don't wanna go to Toronto, make it wider

    by Tall_Boy66

    Have to jump on a car/train for an hour and a half? No way. I'm invested to drive for about 30 minutes, max. and that's with heavy traffic. Christ, fucking The Legned of ChunLi got a wide release!

  • Oct. 6, 2009, 6:45 p.m. CST

    At least the Yonge/Dundas AMC is near the subway.

    by Royston Lodge

    They coulda played the movie somewhere you can only get to by automobile, which in Toronto would be the movie's death sentence.

  • Oct. 6, 2009, 6:47 p.m. CST

    Fuck Toronto

    by ToshiroShimura

    Not that Calgary is any better, but I'm tired of missing out on the good stuff.

  • Oct. 6, 2009, 6:51 p.m. CST

    TTC subways

    by Canuck815

    stop running between 1 and 2 anyways don't they though (could be wrong)? Thus fuck these stupid midnight screenings

  • Oct. 6, 2009, 6:58 p.m. CST


    by lockesbrokenleg

  • Oct. 6, 2009, 7:04 p.m. CST

    Paramount needs to end this game & release NOW

    by livingwater

    this is ridiculous

  • Oct. 6, 2009, 7:05 p.m. CST

    building a buzz was a good idea though

    by livingwater

    it needs to end now and go to full release ASAP

  • Oct. 6, 2009, 7:05 p.m. CST

    building a buzz was a good idea though

    by livingwater

    it needs to end now and go to full release ASAP

  • Oct. 6, 2009, 7:23 p.m. CST


    by alice133

    wtf.<p> <p> am im suppose to start believing that i give a shit.?<p> everyone should start demanding to see it for free.

  • Oct. 6, 2009, 7:24 p.m. CST

    If they release it close to my house...

    by vettebro

    I'll go see it at the theater. If they keep this bullshit up, I'll wait for the DVD. I'm not driving 20 miles to go see this at the ONE theater in my county. That's it.

  • Oct. 6, 2009, 7:33 p.m. CST


    by lockesbrokenleg

    We have more than ONE movie theater in a fucking state, thanks.

  • Oct. 6, 2009, 7:37 p.m. CST

    Saw it this weekend in DC

    by MrFusion

    Good flick but generally dumb/unlikeable characters. Really really tense though, 90% "oh my god what is going to happen", 10% genuine scares (and I mean that in a good way)

  • Oct. 6, 2009, 7:38 p.m. CST

    I'm sure Crank1 was R

    by Phategod2

    He was fucking a broad in the middle of the street

  • Oct. 6, 2009, 7:42 p.m. CST

    I refuse to see it now

    by animas

    fuck it

  • Oct. 6, 2009, 7:45 p.m. CST

    The movie doesn't need this fancy marketing to succeed, but...

    by El Mamerro was cheap enough for studios to test new marketing ideas with it. While I haven't been super bowled over by any of these trendy recent marketing campaigns for movies, I'm definitely glad studios are stepping beyond the usual mediums and doing something different, at least.

  • Oct. 6, 2009, 7:50 p.m. CST

    At this point...

    by mev186

    ...I don't care if it's all that good. I'm just tired of going to the movies in October and have to choose between a bunch of chick flicks and the 12th Saw movie. Demand it.

  • Oct. 6, 2009, 7:55 p.m. CST

    why no NY screening?

    by Titus05

    no screening in the biggest city in the USA, New York City???...screenings only taking place in small backwoods towns?...makes no sense

  • Oct. 6, 2009, 8:08 p.m. CST


    by shaneo632

    I want to see the motherfucker.

  • Oct. 6, 2009, 8:24 p.m. CST


    by BringingSexyBack

    as I am befuddled by Alice13's new handle. Did you get banned, and if so, what for? Did you use a bad word?!?!!

  • Oct. 6, 2009, 8:42 p.m. CST

    Fuck that, just release the damn thing

    by D.Vader

    This is stupid. "Demand it plays in your area". Just release it, fuckheads.

  • Oct. 6, 2009, 8:46 p.m. CST

    I agree with Yackbacker

    by D.Vader

    I think someone should hack the counter and set it to zero. <p> And I think everyone one of us should NOT sign up just to throw this stupid ploy back into their faces.

  • Oct. 6, 2009, 8:47 p.m. CST

    I think we should all NOT vote for it

    by D.Vader

    And watch it get a wide release anyway, which is ALWAYS the plan I bet.

  • Oct. 6, 2009, 8:49 p.m. CST

    Its already playing here in Charlotte

    by D.Vader

    And whoopdy fucking do, I didn't have to do a damn thing to get it!

  • Oct. 6, 2009, 9:21 p.m. CST


    by lockesbrokenleg

    City is in flames right now.

  • Oct. 6, 2009, 9:23 p.m. CST


    by BringingSexyBack

    You fuckers think we're any different?!?!?!!??!? Just release it already or I'm not going to watch it.

  • Oct. 6, 2009, 10:02 p.m. CST


    by lockesbrokenleg

    see this movie. Just release the damn movie!!!!!!!

  • Oct. 6, 2009, 10:04 p.m. CST

    Thanks for the update, Oren

    by otto maddox

    ..sorry, I mean Capone

  • Oct. 6, 2009, 10:07 p.m. CST

    havent seen the movie but..

    by soup74

    i saw the trailer.. that shot with the guy being thrown against the camera seemed cool, then i read on here that its the money shot of the whole movie..goddammit!<br><br>i never saw quarantine either, but i did see [rec] so i was pretty amazed when they showed the last shot in the trailers for quarantine. (although like i said, i never saw it, so maybe it was extended from [rec] and that wasnt the last shot of the movie? anyone?)

  • Oct. 6, 2009, 10:58 p.m. CST

    Even the suburbs of chicago

    by Harold-Sherbort

    get it this weekend. I live in NW Indiana, and we're getting it this weekend. They're releasing this thing wide. No need to demand it.

  • Oct. 6, 2009, 11:46 p.m. CST


    by onezeroone

    Thinking about going to that website? DONT.<p> Thinking about giving in to the hype machine? DONT.<p> Well, go ahead if you love your inbox to be spammed. No matter how great a movie is, this advertising campaign is just a pile of crap of the steaming variety. By now they;ve already made up mind to release it wide or not and all this is just a gimmick. The movie that viewers forced studios to release widely. Can you imagine sort of hype train this would generate [or already is].

  • Oct. 7, 2009, 12:02 a.m. CST

    Just got the email, its being released nationwide!!!

    by Mike_D

    it reached 1 mil

  • Oct. 7, 2009, 12:13 a.m. CST

    Can we demand Solomon Kane?

    by Dingbatty

  • Oct. 7, 2009, 12:16 a.m. CST


    by lockesbrokenleg

    What? It was two months ago? FUUUUUUUCK!!!

  • Oct. 7, 2009, 12:33 a.m. CST

    I like the idea.

    by LastOfTheV8Interceptors

    Wish they would do it for more movies. But they should also do it when they have an IDEA for a movie. It'll show studios just how out of touch they are with a lot of the movie going public. Hell I wouldn't want to spend a ton of money on distribution if only 10 people in the whole state wanted to see my movie.

  • Oct. 7, 2009, 12:47 a.m. CST

    Paranormal Activity will open nationwide...

    by cheyne_stoking_DMS

    so everyone can stream it on their computers and the Haitians can sell it on my street corner.

  • Oct. 7, 2009, 12:50 a.m. CST


    by JON3000

    I am one of those who can't wait to see this in my local theater with a hundred or so scared-pantless folks! I've demanded now it's up to the rest of ya'll!

  • Oct. 7, 2009, 12:56 a.m. CST

    I really hate that gimmick...

    by cheyne_stoking_DMS

    "One of the scariest movies ever made." My balls. All the "scary movies" have passed on. Just as Rock & Roll, Chivalry, and Hard work has passed on.

  • Oct. 7, 2009, 12:58 a.m. CST

    I remember them saying...

    by cheyne_stoking_DMS

    '28 Days Later' was "One of the scariest movies since 'The Exorcist.'" They really will spew any bullshit to the sheep film audience.

  • Oct. 7, 2009, 1:12 a.m. CST

    Of course they're gonna say...

    by LastOfTheV8Interceptors

    .. 'scariest movie ever!' They want people to watch it. What should they say? "Most marginally somewhat could be sorta maybe scary movie ever!.. if you like this kind of thing." That would sure pack the movie houses. Plus, some critic said it first anyway I'm sure... so of course they're gonna quote that. I would.

  • Oct. 7, 2009, 1:20 a.m. CST

    Scariest talkback ever!

    by soup74


  • Oct. 7, 2009, 3:05 a.m. CST

    Saw this last Thursday at midnight in Tempe, AZ

    by Darth_Gonz

    At the Cine Capri theater. 800 seats in that one screen room, and all 800 were taken. This was also one of only a handful of films i've ever seen where nobody left the theater to pee or get food while the movie was playing.

  • Oct. 7, 2009, 5:42 a.m. CST

    this gimmick is so lame!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    by ThePilgrim

    Goddamnit they just want to put more shit in newspapers and history books. They are trying to increse word of mouth and net more ticket sales with this bullshit, and most of your are licking their assholes to see it happen, and I thought remakes were bad. Someone big up needs to call them out on this bullshit trick to add more punch. fucking assholes

  • Oct. 7, 2009, 6:28 a.m. CST

    Fundamental flaw with these types of movies

    by CreasyBear

    In the trailer, they show a quick shot of what seems to be a pentagram, intimating demons are involved. With the Exorcist and other demon possession movies, I get taken right out of it from the get-go. The premise is that Satan is entering these people's lives, crossing over to the natural world. Ironically, the movie would only make sense if there were no haunting, since all Satan would have to do to steal a soul is convince the person that the supernatural doesn't exist. Who would be a bigger, more hardcore lifelong believer than someone who actually experienced the supernatural firsthand, especially if it was in a way that made the devil look like a bad choice? It's just counterproductive, people. If the movie Satan has any smarts, he goes out of his way to NEVER let anyone notice anything supernatural happening at all. His goal would be a world of atheists, not people scared shitless because they saw evidence of spiritual happenings. Reminds me of the line in The Usual Suspects that Spacey delivers near the end. Maybe I'm overanalyzing these movies, but hey, I'm on AICN.

  • Oct. 7, 2009, 7:20 a.m. CST

    Sitges 09 screening

    by BiggerDave

    Just seen this at Sitges 09. At the end the audience gave it a chorus of whistles and jeers. If you get this sort of response from this audience there´s not much hope! People saying they will have trouble turning out the lights before bed, don´t make me fucking laugh...

  • Oct. 7, 2009, 7:34 a.m. CST

    "I'm Ashamed Of My City"

    by Graphix67

    In a city where savage, blood-thirsty teenagers beat innocent bystanders to death with wooden planks and pipes, I think there's more serious matters to be "ashamed" about then when a gimmick-movie doesn't receive it's proper theatrical exposure.

  • Oct. 7, 2009, 7:48 a.m. CST

    FUCK nationwide. I want WORLDwide

    by chronicallydepressedlemming

    Surely this would go over much better in Europe anyway? We like interesting things over here, ya know? ;)

  • Oct. 7, 2009, 8:18 a.m. CST

    just release the thing nationwide already...

    by The Amazing G

    it'll make money, does every movie that has a wide release have to have a budget of millions and millions of dollars?

  • Oct. 7, 2009, 9:17 a.m. CST

    And it requires email registration.

    by Durendal

    Fuck you, Paramount!

  • Oct. 7, 2009, 9:55 a.m. CST

    It takes like 5 seconds to demand it

    by SpawnofAchilles

    Stop being little bitches and demand the fucking movie.

  • Oct. 7, 2009, 10:02 a.m. CST

    D Vader

    by m_prevette

    It's playing in Charlotte? Where? I can't find any listing until this weekend...?

  • Oct. 7, 2009, 10:09 a.m. CST

    seen it. SUCKED

    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, 10:13 a.m. CST

    m-prevette, I mean, it WILL be playing in Charlotte

    by D.Vader

    So we don't have to demand it. Didn't mean to imply it was here already. Just that its already coming.

  • Oct. 7, 2009, 10:19 a.m. CST

    Headed to Charlotte then

    by m_prevette

    Thanks DVader. Checked the showtimes for the weekend, looks good. The marketing is frustrating to a point, but, they ARE building a demand. Most of us have been following and waiting for this one since '07, so it'll be damn near impossible to live up to expectations, but, still is one of the few movies I've been looking forward to.

  • Oct. 7, 2009, 10:42 a.m. CST

    give me a break

    by kenshin27

  • Oct. 7, 2009, 10:49 a.m. CST

    OMG! It requires an email registration

    by gruntybear

    How the fuck hard is it to give them a bogus email address? *rolls eyes* You geeks will get your panties in a bunch over just about ANY-thing.

  • Oct. 7, 2009, 10:52 a.m. CST

    Fuck this crap guys. Don't sign up.

    by D.Vader

  • Oct. 7, 2009, 1:52 p.m. CST

    i saw it 2 years ago and loved it!

    by Nerd_Rage_Retard_Strength

    great movie. youll hate it if your a saw or hostel fan though. no torture porn.

  • Oct. 7, 2009, 2:09 p.m. CST

    NOT scary....

    by Creator75

    ... unless you are afraid of doors squeaking, noises and obnoxious actors. The ending is very, very stupid. The film could have been scary, but it really falls short of having original scares and just didn't reach the level of intensity or scariness expected. A shadow on a wall, bed sheets moving... not scared. It's basically a bridge between Blair Witch Project and The Entity (made 30 years ago and was far better)

  • Oct. 7, 2009, 2:47 p.m. CST

    Creator75, strange review

    by Nerd_Rage_Retard_Strength

    you have weird taste in horror movies my friend. p.a. is "a bridge between blair witch and the entity"? wow, really? there is no connection between those three film at all.

  • Oct. 7, 2009, 2:56 p.m. CST

    No connection?

    by Creator75

    (spoiler) Really? It's a Blair Witch kind of false horror documentary, hand cam, where you don't see nothing and not much happens until the very end expect noises. A lot of shots with cam "night vision" and the ending is pretty much the same with the camera getting trashed. (sorry about the spoiler) The Entity is a movie about a girl being chased all her life by an entity (or spirit) that wants her and physically attacks her. Which is EXACTLY what Paranormal Activity is. Do you see the links now?

  • Oct. 7, 2009, 3:11 p.m. CST

    528,000 and counting

    by kbass

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  • Oct. 7, 2009, 4:12 p.m. CST

    Spoilers please

    by CaptainAxis

    What's so great about this movie? I've been completely underwhelmed by everything I've seen and heard about it. This looks like something that might scare my girlfriend, like The Grudge or The Ring. Are the characters interesting? Is there an actual story to it? Or is it just a bunch of cheap jump scares not much different from your average episode of Ghost Hunters?<br> <br> I NEED TO KNOW.

  • Oct. 7, 2009, 4:24 p.m. CST

    "Torture porn"

    by CaptainAxis

    Most overused and lazy label for a subgenre EVER. Should we call Lord of the Rings "hobbit porn" or maybe Star Trek should be termed "space porn"?<br> <br> The first Saw and the first Hostel were both effective films. They both had interesting stories to tell and some subtext behind them. Torture is a hell of a lot scarier than a door slamming and a bedsheet blowing around.

  • Oct. 7, 2009, 5 p.m. CST

    Creator75, ok then

    by Nerd_Rage_Retard_Strength

    p.a. is a bridge between the exorcist and cloverfield.

  • Oct. 7, 2009, 5:03 p.m. CST

    CaptainAxis, its called torture porn

    by Nerd_Rage_Retard_Strength

    because there is no story and no characters. all the fans of those films are looking for is the torture. they might as well fast foward to the 'good part', just like watching a porn. get it? star trek and lotr actually have stories and characters.

  • Oct. 7, 2009, 5:04 p.m. CST

    i still stand by my statement that

    by Nerd_Rage_Retard_Strength

    there is no connection between the entity, blair witch and paranormal activity. those are all very different films from each other.

  • Oct. 7, 2009, 5:06 p.m. CST

    yes, torture is scary, no shit.

    by Nerd_Rage_Retard_Strength

    try downloading a real video of torture (you actually can) and see how much fun you have with it. it is not good writing to make someone afraid of being tortured. if you can make someone afraid of a creaking door then you are a master writer

  • Oct. 7, 2009, 5:12 p.m. CST


    by Creator75

    indeed you are right, there's no bridge with the Exorcist or The Entity because they are actually good clever and scary movies made 3 decades before that one. And oh yeah, Blair witch is in the woods, and Paranormal isn't, so no connection there indeed. I didn't say it was an exact same print you idiot, I said there was obvious similarities.

  • Oct. 7, 2009, 5:21 p.m. CST

    paranormal and blair witch are nothing alike

    by Nerd_Rage_Retard_Strength

    have you actually seen paranormal? i don't think you have if you think its like blair witch. and the entity sucks. have you watched it recently? its lame. there are no obvious similarities except that they are all horror movies.

  • Oct. 7, 2009, 5:22 p.m. CST

    by Nerd_Rage_Retard_Strength


  • Oct. 7, 2009, 5:34 p.m. CST


    by Creator75

    So I would be the only one seeing obvious connections with Blair Witch in terms of filmmaking, structure, ending and false documentary style... and the only one that sees a story that is similar to The Entity?... Fair enough. Let's see what other people think. And btw, if you watched The Entity recently of course it will suck, as most movies from 30 years ago will not survive the test of time. You have to go back and remember what strong impact those movies had at that time. And The Entity had way more balls than Paranormal.

  • Oct. 7, 2009, 5:46 p.m. CST

    exorcist stands the test of time.

    by Nerd_Rage_Retard_Strength

    and technically, neither blair witch or paranormal are mockumentaries. they are 'found footage'. and there is no shaky cam in paranormal. the structures of blair and paranormal are different as are the endings.

  • Oct. 7, 2009, 6:09 p.m. CST


    by CaptainAxis

    It's fairly presumptuous of you to assume you know why people like certain movies. Saw and Hostel both had interesting stories and characters, although the sequels were closer to what you describe. I have heard fans of the Saw sequels talk about the story though, so there is one there.<br> <br> Since you set yourself up for this, I have to ask about the fantastic story and layered characters in Paranormal Activity? Slap a spoiler warning on your post and spill the beans.

  • Oct. 7, 2009, 6:56 p.m. CST

    Torture porn is extremely deserving

    by TakingScorpiosCalls

    because they are laughfests where the audience diddles their dicks and fingers their cookies frmo how someone's head popped like a tomato, it's similar to calling that recent 2012 movie disaster porn.

  • Oct. 7, 2009, 7:15 p.m. CST


    by ThePilgrim

    The shit looks so fake, i like the absurd nature of the film near the end. At first i hated those parts, becuase the film was doing so well with a more serious tone, and i saw that moment as the spud shit the bed scene. Took me right out, but I'm cool with it now. See I remember everyone getting bent over the gore in this flick and thats all i thought it was. then i saw it. Yeah it's nothing great, but it aint a horse apple either and the gore. totally cheesy because most of it looks so fake- sorry KNB. Now- You want to see hurtful disturbing gore that almost sells every blood letting shot. Go see "Inside" it's a fucking shame those guys wont be doing the 3rd halloween or dare i say a remake. They go after the crappy MBV3D guys. Atkins and naked bitch where the only good things in that movie.

  • Oct. 7, 2009, 8:20 p.m. CST


    by durikaj

    OK, now the counter is going up so fast that we should have a nationwide opening on Friday. What a sham.

  • Oct. 7, 2009, 10:15 p.m. CST

    no shaky cam?

    by Creator75

    I can't even believe I am debating with you. You say there's no shaky cam in Paranormal? That's retarded. Now either you closed your eyes all the way because you were scared, or you really didn't see the movie.

  • Oct. 8, 2009, 5:09 a.m. CST

    Trailer isn't too promising

    by onezeroone

    This looks like a movie for which to work you really need to buy into reality of it. This is the problem with found-footage movies. They think the gimmick is enough to make one believe in the reality of it and fail to work on making the characters feel real.<p> The scares, at least in trailer, are standard horror fare. And all those trailers with audience reactions, am sorry, but if you were to release Carrie today am sure you'd get very similar reactions from just one scene... you all know which one am talking about.<p> This one seems to be relying more on jump scares [going by trailer] and nothing cheeses me off more than "horror" movie relying on jump scares. There is a difference in being startled and scared.

  • Oct. 8, 2009, 10:36 a.m. CST


    by CaptainAxis

    Maybe I'm paranoid but I find it a little shady that in every Paranormal Activity talkback, a bunch of people pop up and say the movie is good and scary, but they don't get into any specifics whatsoever. They ignore any questions and disappear until the next PA talkback, where the same thing happens.

  • Oct. 8, 2009, 11:40 a.m. CST

    Screw all that, just link me to a bootleg

    by Trazadone

    Seriously, in this day and age it's a ridiculous waste of time to jump through hoops to see a film. Trick 'r Treat came out on DVD this week but I watched a bootleg of it a year ago. If people make it difficult to catch a film in the theater, there are always quality bootlegs available.

  • Oct. 8, 2009, 7:37 p.m. CST


    by DickBallsworth

    Using the classic "bait and switch" to lure audiences to already sold out midnight screenings just to generate "holy shit, look at these lines!" buzz is complete and total bullshit. And then they add insult to injury by holding back on the nationwide release JUST to generate more "fan buzz" with this goddam Demand It bullshit? And on top of all that, they spoil the climactic final scene by PUTTING IT IN THE FUCKING TRAILER. Way to fuck it up, studio execs. Way to fuck it up in a big way. BitTorrent anyone?

  • Oct. 9, 2009, 1:15 a.m. CST

    Just got back from the midnight showing

    by thewirebitches

    It was good, the pacing didn't bother me as much as the way it ended. I feel like it was setting me up for some big fuck off scare because according to the commercials its the scariest thing ever. I liked it, it had its moments but not as many as I thought, nor at the level I was expecting. If I walked into this movie knowing nothing I'm sure my viewing experience would have been different. Exceptions really do factor.

  • Oct. 9, 2009, 4:19 a.m. CST

    *Sort of spoilery* - It felt like...

    by BiggerDave of those video clips you get emailed, where there is something serene happening and you watch happily (think there is one with a car driving down a mountain road) then a monster face jumps out at you to scare you. Any "jump" scare was in the last 5 seconds. I didn´t jump and I wasn´t scared.

  • Oct. 11, 2009, 12:43 a.m. CST

    Fucking lame

    by dancinggopher01

    Yeah this flick is overhyped big fucking time. My girlfriend and I just saw it in Chicago and we were really bored through most of the thing. She scares easily and thought it was lame. Here is literally the whole movie: Door opens, door closes. Lights on lights off. Footprints in baby powder. Ouija board moves by itself, starts on fire. Chick in the movie sleep walks and stares at her boyfriend. They find a picture in the attic. Girl gets dragged out of bed. And finally girl is completely possessed by demon, screams OFF camera, boyfriend investigates OFF camera and screams. Boyfriend thrown into camera. Girl looks freaky at the end. The end.

  • Oct. 18, 2009, 3:59 a.m. CST

    This movie was not scary at all.

    by GibsonUSA Returns

    Someone explain how it was scary.