Must Watch: Creepy Trailer for Paranormal Activity Debuts!

September 15, 2009
Source: Apple

Paranormal Activity Trailer

Paramount has just debuted the official trailer for Oren Peli's Paranormal Activity today, an indie film that showed at Slamdance a few years ago but has been lying dormant till now. It's a creepy thriller being called Blair Witch for this generation about a couple being haunted by a demon. I had the chance to see this at Telluride and it really is scary as hell, but also a great film. If you want to stay completely fresh going into this (which I suggest), then don't watch this trailer, but if you need to be convinced then go ahead. I'm not fond of their choice to use the camera footage of the test screening audience, but that's just me. Watch it!

Watch the trailer for Oren Peli's Paranormal Activity:

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You can also watch the Paranormal Activity trailer in High Definition on Apple

Paranormal Activity is both written and directed by Israeli-US filmmaker Oren Peli and it is his feature directorial debut. This first premiered at Slamdance back in early 2008 where it was eventually bought by DreamWorks / Paramount. The film was shot for $11,000 in Oren's own home in San Diego. After keeping this quiet for years, Paramount is now ready to unleash Paranormal Activity into limited theaters starting on September 25th. Head to the official website for more info and theater listings:

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Reader Feedback - 49 Comments


WOW!!! looks so much better than Blair Witch.

Batman on Sep 15, 2009


Definitely going to check this out.

Kenchi on Sep 15, 2009


WTF no Chicago play....BS limited openings

OCP on Sep 15, 2009


complete rip off from the original rec trailer

alfie on Sep 15, 2009


@ 4, please be a troll. Just because it has the FP camera view doesn't mean it's copying off rec. If we go by your basis, rec copied off of the Blair witch.

Kenchi on Sep 15, 2009


What is up with showing the audience reaction to a screening in the trailer? Lame.

DJ Heinlein on Sep 15, 2009


#4 you have no clue what you are talking about

OCP on Sep 15, 2009


I want to see it... why do they not play the good horror movies in the theater... and when did NYC not get a movie? Jeez. We get everything.

Mattt K on Sep 15, 2009


I'd just like to point out that I can be seen in this trailer. I take this as a personal victory!

Ethan Anderton on Sep 15, 2009


I don't mind seeing the audience at all. In fact, I don't think they showed 1:1 reactions to the parts of the movie shown in the trailer. So I assume there will be a lot more creepy, freaky stuff going on, and seeing those reactions only makes me wanna see the movie all the more.

SuicidalOptimist on Sep 15, 2009


Is this movie suppose to be real like the Blair Witch? If it is....WOW. If it is that is the fakest crap I have ever seen. oh and #9 are u being serious?

David on Sep 15, 2009


The Blair Witch for this generation? I thought we were still in the same generation that The Blair Witch Project came from.

Luke on Sep 15, 2009


@#4 that's just the style, it's not a rip off. Thankfully, this movie doesn't look like it will be relying on blood and zombies to be scary. This looks amazing! Looks like this director knows that being scary doesn't have to involve people being chased, stabbed and mutilated.

Antioch on Sep 15, 2009


David, #11, I am serious that I am in this trailer, but not that it's a personal victory. Sarcasm ahoy! And being in that audience, I can tell you the reactions to this flick are genuine and it is indeed the scariest film I have ever seen. Even our own Alex Billington was more than uneasy after checking this one out at Telluride. Make sure you check it out.

Ethan Anderton on Sep 15, 2009


im going to try and make it to Bolder for the screening have been looking forward to this one for along time now!

DoomCanoe on Sep 15, 2009


This movie doesn't look frightening at all, I am a personal fan of the found footage style of shooting, but this just looks slightly hollywoodized, probably a good film, bad trailer. Wan't to be scared? Go watch Poughkeepsie Tapes.

Clarke on Sep 15, 2009


I saw this last year and it almost made me cry. I aint even playing when I say this is the scariest movie I've ever seen

Barnaby Barrilla on Sep 15, 2009


I have been searching two years now for this thing to show up unannounced at my video store, assuming I would have to seek it out since it virtually disappeared after all the festival buzz. And now they're giving it a wide release?? What the hell?? Make up your minds.

Carson on Sep 15, 2009


I like watching scary least what parts I can see peeking through my fingers. 🙁 I'm a wuss.

Sabes on Sep 15, 2009


#19 - Don't worry, that's exactly how I watched this movie, with my hands over my eyes... I was freaked out completely, scary as HELL. Couldn't even watch some parts it was so scary!

Alex Billington on Sep 15, 2009


o__O oh snap. scary. lol

Jordan on Sep 15, 2009


Clarke, The film is one of the least Hollywood-ized films to hit the horror market. It was made for $11,000 and found in the festival circuit. Don't count it out! Also, I would LOVE to see Poughkeepsie Tapes if it ever gets a real release. I've been waiting to see that FOREVER. If you have a way for me to check it out, please let me know!

Ethan Anderton on Sep 15, 2009


seriously, what is going on with poughkeepsie? i've been waiting like a madman for that! as for this movie- love love love a no name cast in horror movies, and doubly so love low budget horror. there is always a better way to get a scare or an unsettling without blood and guts and giant flying demons (although, i dig those, too). soooo glad this is coming to austin! look forward to getting my pants scared off for the first time in a long time.

seanathan on Sep 15, 2009


Yeah, I haven't seen this, but I know a guy who saw it a while back who basically said the same things everyone else here is saying. At the time I wasn't sure if he was just exaggerating or what. The trailer kinda sells more me now that I've seen it. I don't normally watch horror flicks because of shit like My Bloody Valentine and slasher flicks and torture porn. It seems like that's all anyone makes now. That shit isn't really scary to me, and to anyone else, really. You go to watch them in a theater and people are just laughing the whole time. Obviously it's not scary, right? I rented My Bloody Valentine to check out the 3D effects on my HD set, and I had to stop watching it about 15 or 20 minutes in because it was so un-scary and predictable that all I had to keep me entertained were the likeable characters and the deep, thought-provoking plot. So yeah, that didn't last long. I might go see this, but I'm almost afraid to because it's been so god damn long since I've seen something really scary that I dunno if I can even handle something that actually succeeds at being so.

Squiggly_P on Sep 15, 2009


man, the damn thing isn't playing anywhere within at least a couple hundred miles of me. Alabama sucks 🙁

Squiggly_P on Sep 15, 2009


i seen this trailer months ago still scary as fuck i need 2 go see this

Walker on Sep 15, 2009


there was absolutely nothing scary about this trailer. but, i will see certainly see this when it releases as i'll give it another chance. when the dude gets thrown against the camera, that was pretty cool.

JL on Sep 15, 2009


Agreed, I am currently reading a friend of mine's work based on found footage, and we are low budget indy filmmakers. I respect the hell out of that guy for doing it with 11,000, borderline jealous. And yes, if you haven't already, check out poughkeepsie, it will be talked about when it gets a wide theatrical.

Clarke on Sep 15, 2009


Now we are talking. I like these type of films that have more of a realisitic almost documentary style. Hopefully it isnt plagued with the overdone shakey cam.

JimD on Sep 16, 2009


I'm a Ghost Hunters enthusiast. Sure hope this pleases.

Nina on Sep 16, 2009


11,000 - come on I just cant believe that!

dom on Sep 16, 2009


Blair Witch or this generation? That movie wasn't even a decade ago? Using that really makes me wait for this. Scary...while at least it's in the horror, hardly makes it scary. Looks more jumpy but not worth theater prices, especially based on that trailer. o0o0o0o0o0 a sheet moved.

Tra la la la la di da on Sep 16, 2009


I like scary movies

Trey on Sep 16, 2009


OMG! It's playing in Ann Arbor! I am so thrilled I can actually go see it! 😀

BC on Sep 16, 2009


I'll be going to madison for this one.

Tom on Sep 16, 2009


OK.. not cool... really looks interesting, but DAMN, don;t like it when they make it TOO documentary style... FREAKS ME THE HELL OUT... I actually liked the introduction of the audience to the trailer to give the movie even more of the documentary feel. ... yes, I jumped twice during the trailer... GRRR.. DAMN IT

Dusty on Sep 16, 2009


and I have to go to Lincoln, NE to see if.. GRRRR.. Kansas City, come on.. it is a huge test market

Dusty on Sep 16, 2009


in response to comment numero uno....ANYTHING is better than The Blair Witch Project. just putting that out there. in all seriousness though, this movie looks hella good 🙂

LatriceShannel on Sep 16, 2009


Lol, that was so funny with the people's reactions:)

cs on Sep 16, 2009


the guy getting pulled in the air was good

Trey on Sep 16, 2009


More of this First person POV camera crap? Look, it worked for Blair Witch, but everything else? Including that monstrosity called Cloverfield (terribly overrated and overhyped POS) I'm sick of it all.

Movie Fan on Sep 16, 2009


I watched this trailer late last night before I went to bed and could not get it out of mi mind. Creepy as hell. Reminds me of the exorcist, terror hit home.

Vic on Sep 16, 2009

43 poughkeepsie tapes

c good on Sep 16, 2009


Does nothing for me. How do people find this trailer scary? It really brings nothing new that we haven't already seen before lol. The entire movie might be scary as hell but I am going to need a lot more than this non scary trailer to pull me in. IMO "The Fourth Kind" looks better than this.

Curtis G on Sep 17, 2009


Looks like it will be a good watch. Makes you check over your shoulder while you're looking at your monitor. It definitely made me!

SLee on Sep 17, 2009


That was a awesome trailer and i love the paranormal, im a big ghost hunters fan, paranormal state fan, ghost adventures fan, ghost hunters international fan, most haunted, a haunting and so on. But I think that this movie is going to be the most awesome movie of the paranormaland i cant wait for it to come to baltimore city. I'm so freakin excited! yay

Barbara waybright on Sep 18, 2009


Love it... it was previewed in Hollywood but isn't being played there. 🙂

Eman on Sep 22, 2009


being honest, i hate that i wasted my time watching the trailer....but thats just me

ray on Sep 26, 2009


Paranormal activity was crap, so was The Blair Witch Project! Want to see the TV show that both these 'movies' ripped off? It's a British show called 'Ghostwatch' and you can see it on stagevu.

Jamie on Dec 8, 2010

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