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I must must must see this movie! Maybe*
Only on rare occasion am I so pumped up about a film before its release, but thanks to a post by pacerfox last week, I am utterly psyched to see Paranormal Activity.

Trailer and info here: http://www.paranormalmovie.com/

Generally speaking, I am not that much of a horror movie fan, chiefly because I am not a fan of gore, dismemberment, disemboweling, etc. I much prefer a suspenseful horror movie that works on a the psyche, one that forces your mind to fill in the blanks, a movie that terrifies you more by what you aren't shown. And when I see pre-release reviews from jaded movie critics that include phrases like, "You will be affected" and "make sure you have fresh bulbs in your hallway, because you will be sleeping with the lights on," well, I am intrigued. I expect such gushing language from studio PR people, but not from critics.

Only a few movies in the last few decades have chilled me so deeply that I slept with the lights on. They are:

The Exorcist (1973)

Poltergeist (1982) I slept in a room with a tree outside my window at the time!

The Blair Witch Project (1999) This movie seems to have a love-it-or-hate-it reputation; the whole standing in the corner stinger at the end of the movie fucked me up for a good long time.

There are some others I have not yet seen, like The Ring (2002)--simply because I have been told they are mind-fuck movies that will shake me up. Here is where I come to the asterisk in the title of my post.

*As much as I love well-made, psychologically intense films--and all forward indication shows that Paranormal Activity will be one--I am hesitant to go see it when it opens in Austin this Friday--even though I really really want to see it! Why? Simply put, I am kind of a scaredy-cat.

Yeah, yeah, I know; I do the whole ghost-hunting thing, and that doesn't affect me, really. I have never really encountered anything nasty or demonic in any of my ghost hunting, and I am grounded in the reality that nothing there is going to harm me. But when movies on the topic of the paranormal do their job well, there is always that nagging little voice in the back of my head telling me that the messed-up shit I have just seen on celluloid is real, or could be real...or could happen to me. Perhaps it is not realistic, but after seeing a movie like that, that is well-shot and edited effectively, it takes me a few days to "come down," to center myself psychologically.

I know, it's just a movie! I was a film major in college, after all. I consider it a very high sense of praise to a filmmaker if they can put together a movie that effects me that strongly. What it all boils down to is I want to see this movie, but would need to go with someone willing to babysit a moderately freaked-out wolf for a night. o(:oP

Or maybe two.

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I was -quite- impressed with 'The Ring', and I'm not a horror fan! I suggest it. :)

Have you seen (or heard of) 'The Orphanage'? Another excellent one...

I have neither seen nor heard of it; I will have to check it out...provided I don't chicken out, of course. o(:o)

My favorite film that could kinda fit in this category is the Italian movie Seven Notes In Black (a.k.a. The Psychic) by Lucio Fulci (1977).


Wow...I had never heard of this one, but it sounds awesome. *adds to "movies to see" list*

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