Thursday, April 7, 2011
The first thing that came to mind was The Craft but I'm pretty sure that's not horror. Also, may have been a major cop out on my part ;)
There's nothing us horror geeks love better than to prove the mainstream wrong. When yet another remake of a classic comes out, I turn into a curmudgeonly version of myself, all but yelling at kids to get off of my lawn.
When I saw the marketing campaign for Paranormal Activity, I did think the idea was pretty brilliant. But damned if I was going to be scared by some Blair Witch ripoff while surrounded by a bunch of squealing high school kids.
I finally agreed to go with my friend on a drizzly Friday night in Manhattan. The theater was freakin' packed and I was hating this movie before the previews even started. But then shit changed. When Katie stood by the bed watching Micah sleep, my cynical exterior had cracked, and I was in love. More than in love. I was scared.
It takes me a long time to conjure up movies that really scared me. Paranormal Activity was one of them. So many genius and simple things came together to make this movie such a little gem. If you rent it at home, watch it with the lights off and the sound way up.