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Paranormal Activity Gets a Rating and It’s GOOD!

Paranormal Activity (click for larger image)Let your fears slip away. Oren Peli’s Paranormal Activity (review here) has gone before the MPAA, and a rating has been handed down.

The film that has become infamous over the last two years for being what a lot of critics refer to as “The Scariest Film of the Decade” has gotten itself an R rating.

While no official release plans have been announced … yet … you can bet that there’s a lot of good stuff cooking, and we cannot wait to spring it all on you.

Never mind big budgets. To hell with over-blown effects. When Paranormal Activity comes to terrorize you — and it will — you’re going to have an experience in true fright and horror that you will not soon forget.

My advice for the interim? Head to the store. Buy a night light. You’re going to need it. Stay tuned for more really soon.

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  • Shambling_in_Bandages

    We’re finally getting to see this thing?

    Please live up to the hype, please live up to the hype, please live up to the hype…

  • Tshoffie

    i tend to get scared when i hear critics call a movie the scariest film of the decade and it hasnt even been released yet…although in this decade it wouldnt take much to be the scariest film considering there hasnt been any films of late that have really been scary at all

    • hegemon13

      Um, [REC]?

  • Tristan Sinns

    First!

    Also. Finally!

  • kiddcapone

    My anticipation for this film is off the charts. I’m deathly afraid it’s never going to live up to my expectations at this point.

    • Ultimo Franco

      I’ve seen it and I don’t think it’s going to live up to your high expectations. I seriously doubt it, in fact. Although it’s good, it’s being hyped way too strongly. Remember the ads for Blair Witch that declared the movie the scariest film since The Exorcist? Well this is another case of a wildly over-hyped ultra-low-budget indie.

      Don’t get me wrong, it’s got some creepy scenes, and one or two big jumps at the end. But it’s not some kind of terrifying horror holocaust. It doesn’t want to be that kind of movie. It wants to lull you with a creepy vibe and then make you jump. Maybe twice. I’m shocked it got an R rating. It must be for language, because there’s virtually no explicit violence in it. Blair Witch had more blood.

      For the most part, it’s the very definition of subtle horror. Virtually all the scares are implied. You know what implied is code for? In this case it’s code for there’s not a lot to look at on screen. It’s code for the sound design does most of the heavy lifting. It’s code for people screaming suddenly better turn you on. It’s code for most of the big special effects could be accomplished with a rope. None of that is automatically a bad thing. But you better not go in expecting sheer terror or you’re bound to be let down.

      It builds slowly, deliberately. It sets a mood for the entire first half, so that the handful of payoffs at the end hit harder than they might have in most other movies. Put it this way. The few big scares in this film would be small-to-mid sized scares in a lot of other films.

      If you turn off all the lights in your house and watch it really late at night when you’re in a good mood for a spooky ghost movie, it might strike you as pretty fucking scary. But I’d dial those expectations way down if I were you. The internet-hype behind this movie is not going to do it any favors when it’s finally released.

      This is the type of film that works best when you just kind of discover it accidentally without knowing a thing about it. If you go in looking for the most terrifying movie of the year, you run the risk of walking away saying “THAT’S what all the hype was about?!” The love it or hate it response that greeted Blair Witch is probably going to follow this one too.

      I think some people might end up feeling cheated when they actually see it, while others who really like a specific kind of implied supernatural horror will think it’s exactly the type of thing they’ve been looking for.

      • Sirand

        The hype is definately deserved…but it all depends on what the viewer takes in to the film. If they’re riding in on the wave of this hype thinking it’s going to redefine terror, they’re gonna be disappointed like a lot of people were with Blair Witch.

        However, like Blair Witch, it’s an incredibly realized film that has the ability to really get under the skin and set your imagination off. As scared as I was watching PA, it was the lingering after effect that’s more terrifying. If I start thinking about it before bed, it really fucks with me.

        Bottom line: If you’re not into minimalist horror, you’re better off getting your thrills from Rob Zombie’s next movie.

        • Uncle Creepy

          Hype can hurt a movie if you let it eclipse the film itself. Don’t forget when reading a site like this sometimes you will read stuff that is subjective to the writer, in this case — me.

          This flick kicked my ass. I stand by my words, how I feel about this flick, and just how fucking scary I think it can be. Every time I shut the lights, I hear every single noise my house makes and immediately this flick springs to mind. It’s been two years of that now.

          As a ghost story buff Paranormal Activity got deep under my skin, and was the first film to elicit genuine chills out of me since I saw “The Woman in Black” in the late Nineties.

          It is pure minimalist horror at its absolute finest, but whether or not you ultimately like this flick is going to depend upon how much you relate to its two main characters. If they don’t click for you then you’re probably not going to care what happens throughout the course of the film.

          Paranormal Activity, just like Blair Witch, is likely to have as many legions of people who hate it as much as it does people who love it. The main difference between the two films is that in PA you DO see things happening. The ending is final and not at all ambiguous. There is no demon, ghost or witch that comes out to say “Boo” but there is certainly a pay off.

          What I’m most excited about though is the fact that this little film, this little tiny film, whose budget is likely the size of the average Hollywood production’s Kraft service bill has gotten and done enough right for a bigger studio like Paramount to take it seriously. In today’s “needs to be a remake, sequel, or based upon a comic book” mentality original movies, especially original horror movies, rarely get a break. All I can say is — thank god!

  • doubleh55

    I’m super excited to see this but for some reason, I don’t know, the R rating kind of turns me off. Isn’t the film all sound and creepy? How can that be an R. The only thing I can think of is there are a ton of swear words and that doesn’t sound like good dialogue. Or there could be a lot of gore but I don’t think that is what makes this film scary.

    So…..guess I’ll just have to find out why it deserve to be R.

    • Uncle Creepy

      The R rating is partially for language as there is some profanity. Don’t forget you say the word “fuck” I think it’s twice in a movie, you get an instant R-rating. As silly as that sounds.

      Pertaining to some of the events in this flick there are more than a few moments that in real life would have you shouting “What the fuck?!” It’s just a natural reaction to it. Oh fudge, just doesn’t cut it at times. LOL

      • doubleh55

        Well as long as they don’t overuse the word Fuck like they’re in a Rob Zombie movie.