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paranormal actiiviityy.
written on @ Sunday, November 01, 2009 ✈

I watched this movie online.. an hour ago, :] watch the trailer:
You can watch it ONLiNE :


Paranormal Activity finally hit theaters in limited release last month, and this weekend expanded to Philadelphia,

1. In the version I saw, we see Katie and Micah asleep in their bedroom, where much of the supernatural action takes place. Katie suddenly and stiffly rises from the bed in classic “I am possessed by a demon” fashion, and stares at Micah while he is asleep. Then, she walks over to his side of the bed and stands looking at him for hours, rocking back and forth, which we see in time-lapse form. It looks great up to this point. Finally she is done doing that, and she walks downstairs out of sight of the camera, where a moment later she starts screaming for Micah, who leaps out of bed and runs down the stairs to her rescue. They continue screaming together for a moment, and then all goes completely silent. After a little while, we hear heavy thumping coming up the stairs, and then BAM MICAH IS THROWN AGAINST THE CAMERA AND WE SEE KATIE IN THE DOORWAY AND SHE HAS BLOOD ALL OVER HER.

I needed to write that in all caps because I think that is the way we are supposed to feel.

She then walks towards the camera, bends down and starts sniffing Micah/maybe eating him or something, and then she looks straight into the camera and does a creepy smile and then a ROAR into the camera with her face contorting and the camera goes black at the roar.

I wasn’t wild about Micah being thrown against the camera, although I supposed you could make the argument that the demon was performing for the camera/retaliating at Micah for the filming. I loved the shot of Katie covered in blood in the hallway, and liked her interaction with Micah’s dead body.

Her lunge at the camera is just an incredibly underwhelming way to end the film. We are told that the film was found along with Micah’s body, and that Katie hasn’t been seen since. I am assuming that since there is extant film that demon Katie did not destroy the camera/swallow it whole with her contorted demon mouth of evil, so why does it make sense to cut to black in the middle of her roar? It would have been a lot more powerful to see what happened immediately after, hopefully including her departure from the room.

Now that I’ve read about the other two endings though, I liked them much more, although neither are totally perfect.

One ending has Katie coming up the stairs covered in blood and either sitting by the bed rocking or standing on top of the bed (unclear) for several days, while we hear phone calls and messages from worried friends in the background. Katie’s friend apparently comes over and we hear her scream downstairs off screen, then Katie comes back upstairs and sits and rocks for a few more days until police arrive. She lunges at them with a knife, and they shoot her. This still seems to be from that ending:

I like this ending a lot, although it is by no means the “perfect” ending. Some have complained about this ending providing too much closure, and I would have to agree, although I love the idea of her remaining in a catatonic state for a long period of time. Personally, I would prefer just to see her suddenly get up and walk out the door, or a similarly open-ended finish.

The third ending is perhaps the best: we hear the shouting downtairs, and the heavy thud of footsteps coming up to the bedroom. Katie is covered in blood, and holding a large butcher knife. She walks towards the camera (although there is no eye contact), and slashes her throat.

Hopefully on the dvd we’ll get the alternate endings. Rumor has it that Steven Spielberg was behind the current ending, although I don’t know if there is any truth to that. Wouldn’t be surprising in the least though, as he is an ending ruiner.

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