"This [past] week [saw] the release of Paranormal Activity, the brainchild of Oren Peli, who wrote and directed the low-budget horror film in 2006. The movie is shot with a minimalistic 'found footage' style and primarily focuses on the two stars, Micah Sloat and Katie Featherston, as they use the video to try and discover who, or what, is causing disturbances in their house.
DreamWorks originally acquired the movie after it showed at 2008's Slamdance so they could remake the film with a bigger budget. They held a screening for writers trying to gauge who would be interested in re-making the film, only to discover that the [original film was already adapt at scaring audiences even making some leave during the film].
Just how scary is Paranormal Activity? It scared Steven Spielberg so bad he was convinced his screening DVD copy was haunted:
It was early 2008, and the director's DreamWorks studio was trying to decide whether it wanted to be a part of the micro-budgeted supernatural thriller. As the story goes, Spielberg had taken a Paranormal Activity DVD to his Pacific Palisades estate, and not long after he watched it, the door to his empty bedroom inexplicably locked from the inside, forcing him to summon a locksmith.
While Spielberg didn't want the Paranormal Activity disc anywhere near his home -- he brought the movie back to DreamWorks in a garbage bag, colleagues say -- he very much shared his studio's enthusiasm for director Oren Peli's haunting story about the demonic invasion of a couple's suburban tract house. [The original ending was changed at the suggestion of Spielberg.]"
Okay, this movie must be the scariest thing to come out of Hollywood since The Exorcist. I'll admit, the first trailers I saw, I was like, 'How is this scary?' Because all it was was that stupid door opening and closing by itself. Anybody can pull that stunt off!
But seeing this trailer made me believe this thing may have some credible scares in it.