Chris Nashawaty
December 30, 2009 AT 05:00 AM EST

Paranormal Activity

type
Movie
Current Status
In Season
mpaa
R
runtime
86 minutes
Limited Release Date
09/25/09
performer
Katie Featherston, Micah Sloat
director
Oren Peli
distributor
Paramount Pictures
author
Oren Peli
genre
Horror

We gave it a B

Exactly a decade after the box office phenomenon known as The Blair Witch Project, here?s another lo-fi creepshow whose effectiveness pretty much depends on how much you know about it going in. A young San Diego couple suspect that their house is haunted and decide to set up a video camera to document what happens while they?re asleep. Huge mistake. Writer-director Oren Peli shot this cheapo chiller on a budget of $15,000. (It looks like it cost at least twice that!) Of course, scares aren’t measured by their price tag, and Paranormal Activity has one or two doozies. Some viewers will no doubt want to sleep with the lights on after the film’s over; others will wonder what all the fuss was about. The lone EXTRA is an alternate ending that should also divide audiences. B

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