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Paranormal Activity


I did it again. Against my better judgement I let my friends convince me into watching a horror movie. I think I should just admit it that I love a good ghost story – just like anyone else. God knows, I do love reading them.

Its highly probable that you have already heard and maybe seen this movie. Released last year by Paramount Pictures, this extremely low budget movie has been one of the box office winners.

Belonging to the ‘Blair witch project’ of horror movie film-making, ‘Paranormal Activity’ is about the lives of a young suburban couple living in a haunted towhouse.

The film opens up with Micah expalaining to his live-in girlfriend , Katie, why he is lugging around a huge video camera. Katie and Micah have been experiencing some unnatural activity in the house and Micah says that if they capture their home and daily life on a video they might have definite proof about a supernatural presence. The whole movie is shot using that video camera and hence has a very home-video effect.

Katie mentions to a psychic who she has called home for consultations , that she has been haunted since she was eight and the weird things have been happening to her since she has moved into the house. The pshycic explains to her that she is probably being followed by a demonic presence and needs to get hold of an exorcist. He also advices them against antagonizing the spirt.

Katie and Micah are opposite sides of the spectrum – typical to any good ghost story.Micah is clearly a skeptic and believes that whatever is happening in the house can be controlled by them. He keeps trying to instigate the demon so that he can capture more ‘cool’ proof on the camera. Katie, on the other hand, wants to get away and let things be. Though she sincerely believes that getting a camera is only making the presence act out more , she is never able to convince Micah to get rid of it.

As a viewer, the most exciting part of the movies are the night recordings , when Micah and Katie are bed, and things begun to happen. And mind you,initially these are just subtle stuff, light noises- door creaking. Then these get bigger and scarier.

I was convincingly scared by this movie. The extremely natural acting, the in your face scariness, and the oh-so-real suburban apartment enhanced the whole effect of the movie.

I slept with my lights on :).


Author: Vipula

Before talking about who we are, we’d like to tell you a bit about how and why Shades of Words came into being. It all started with the idea of “A place where we could share with likeminded people about things we enjoy. From books to music to movies to travel; Shades of Words was to be a place about the best of our experiences” We thought about why should anyone read us? The answer was that whatever we review would be a mix of our experience of the thing along with interesting and useful information about it. So in case you are reading us regularly or even checking us out once in a while then we have succeeded in our efforts someway somewhere. Who are we? Known as Kapil Sood and Vipula Gupta, we thought of Shades of Words on one fine Sunday afternoon. Tired of writing interesting RFP’s and project documentation; we decided to give this a shot. Yes! We work in Indian IT industry. Cupid struck us while were innocently slogging together on the highly intricate job of formatting and beautifying documents! And since then, we have been working together to establish Shades of Words as a place that we can claim as ours. (Because buying a house is still years away!) What else? Kapil also writes some blogs which you can read here and here.

8 thoughts on “Paranormal Activity

  1. You are much braver than I am Vipula!
    I cannot watch horror flicks at all, it really disturbs my slumber 🙂

  2. If it made you, a lover of scary movies and ghost stories sleep with your lights on then I will definitely have to skip it as I am a horror wimp!

  3. Patty , Stefanie – Trust me I am a total chicken when it comes to horror movies ! As my husband is a huge fan of the genre I end up watching them and then constantly regretting the decision. I havent slept properly for the last 3 nights so you can imagine how brave I am :). Lot of my friends did not think that this movie was that scary so you can watch it and form your own opinion 🙂

  4. LOL, there are enough other movies out there to watch 🙂
    In fact, I am going to see “An Education” with Emma Thompson today with a friend!
    Happy Thursday!

  5. This movie was really really creepy…But I think we should do this once in a while…It’s fun after all…

  6. You watched it?? Brave woman.. I heard the sound track and the way the movie was shot.. like you said home camera gives it that scary angle at times.

    I’m thinking Shutter Island will be easier to watch, let me know if you see it.

  7. Patty – How was your movie? I like Emma Thompson..I am sure it must have been good.

    Kapil – next time u are watching it by yourself!!

    Priyanka – I have heard Shutter Island is not scary at all..have heard so so reviews abt it

  8. Hello There ~ I enjoyed An Education very much, Emma T only had a small role. I believe it’s been nominated for several awards too. oxo

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