Tuesday, 23 March 2010
DVD REVIEW: PARANORMAL ACTIVITY
Icon Home Entertainment
Available now on DVD and Blu-ray
For those of you who proved immune to the hype surrounding last year's little horror film that could, Paranormal Activity – and that's not many given its almost $10 million take here in Oz and more than $100 million in the US – the DVD release provides your chance to give in to curiosity without publicly outing yourself as a victim of canny marketing.
A young couple (Katie Featherston and Micah Sloat) have moved into an apartment that may or may not be haunted. So like any self-respecting members of Gen-Y, they decide to film the nocturnal goings-on in the hopes of capturing a ghost on tape, or, at the very least, something amusing to post on YouTube.
Paranormal Activity is essentially a bump-in-the-night horror film shot on a shoe string budget, and the gumption of writer-director Oren Peli should be applauded; a clever marketing campaign generating word-of-mouth buzz for his little film and resulting in the above box office figures and then some. Not surprisingly, a sequel is already slated for release this year and it will be interesting to see how, with a bigger budget and no element of surprise, PA2 will fare.
In the meantime, I'm guessing Paranormal Activity will lose nothing in its translation to the small screen. Indeed, I'd suggest that the intimate setting of a home theatre could wield even bigger scares than in a cinema, particularly for those who are coming to it for the first time or happen to be watching it alone.