Jewish Journal

One Israeli creation for the weekend

by Noga Gur-Arieh

May 9, 2014 | 4:59 pm

You may want to hang tight for this Israeli creation, because this week, I would like to present to you the horror film: Paranormal Activity.

The film centers a young couple, Katie and Micah, who are being haunted by a supernatural presence in their home. It is presented in the style of "found footage", from cameras set up by the couple in an attempt to document what is haunting them. This low budget film was written and directed by Israeli Oren Peli, and became a huge success.

The film, released in 2009, earned nearly $193 million, and its U.S rights were acquired by Paramount/DreamWorks for $350,000. This, combined with the very low expenses, made Paranormal Activity the most profitable film ever made, based on return on investment.

A parallel prequel, Paranormal Activity 2, was released on October 22, 2010. The success of the first two films would spawn additional films in the series: Paranormal Activity 3, released on October 21, 2011, Paranormal Activity 4 released on October 19, 2012, and a spin-off titled Paranormal Activity: The Marked Ones was released on January 3, 2014.


Watch an interview with Peli on Access Hollywood



Watch the trailer (a kind reminder: this is a horror movie, and may not be suitable for all ages)

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My name is Noga Gur-Arieh, and I’m an Israeli Journalist, currently studying for my B.A degree in Media and Political Science, at Tel Aviv University.

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