I posted my daily blog a bit later than usual today. The reason is pretty simple. I saw “Paranormal Activity” yesterday, and falling to sleep last night was a bit…difficult.
Have you seen the trailer? They call the movie this generation’s “Blair Witch Project.” It was made in one week for $11,000 by director Oren Peli. There’s no CGI and no special effects to speak of…just a young couple who feel they are being haunted in their own home who use a video camera to catch the ‘presence’ when it is most active — at night when they are sleeping.
The trailer focuses more on movie audience’s responses to the film than the film itself…and they looked pretty freaked. That’s why I wanted to see it. But then, I like movies that are scary without being gory.
Seeing the movie was really fun. The director did a nice job of building the tension, and the spooky scenes were definitely jump-worthy. I laughed a lot, too — both at the boyfriend’s apparent cluelessness and at myself for screaming like a little girl. And the climax? Perfection.
I didn’t leave the theater creeped out, though, and had no worries about being alone in my apartment or going to bed.
And then I tried to go sleep.
I have never heard so many unidentifiable noises in one night! Someone broke a bottle in the back alley, and when I looked out the window — nothing. It sounded like my dishwasher was running, but it wasn’t. I heard Rory walk into the living room, and when I called him, he looked up at me questioningly from the foot of the bed.
I was even running a fan — which usually blocks out unwanted noises — and could still hear every breath in the building.
Now that I’m up and awake, it’s pretty funny. And I’m still glad I saw “Paranormal Activity.” In fact, I highly recommend it.
Just go when you can afford to lose some sleep.