With almost 600,000 votes at the time of this writing, Oren Peli's extremely low-budget thriller Paranormal Activity (review) is poised to jump into the mainstream and receive a much deserved nationwide release.
Shot in a cinema verite style that, along with its sudden success, has drawn comparisons to The Blair Witch Project, Paranormal Activity follows the unfortunate events that surround Micah and Katie, a couple set out to record evidence of a haunting in their home. Micah is initially skeptical, but as the events begin to unfold, the fear takes hold and they soon realize they are not alone.
The film's start goes back to 2007 where it screened at the Screamfest Horror Film Festival and a few months later at the 2008 Slamdance Film Festival. After being screened by industry giants such as Steven Spielberg, Dreamworks pushed to have it remade and directed by Peli, the film finally saw the light of day with a slow build-up of releases that echoes the escalating tension in the film.
On September 25th the film received a limited, thirteen city release by Paramount, followed by a wider release a week later on October 2nd due to the success of the first, which sold out twelve of the thirteen screenings. By October 3rd the film had grossed half a million dollars, prompting Paramount to expand the release even more on October 9th in a full limited release.