Day 124 & Day 125 – Carrie (1976) & Paranormal Activity

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Movie Title: Carrie (1976)

First Watch / Repeat Viewing

Running Time: 1 hr. and 38 min.

Rated: R

Who did I watch with?: Stephie

Where did I watch it?: Home

Review:

Carrie stars Sissy Spacek as the victim of an extremely religious upbringing. Her mother is a religious zealot that believes her daughter is evil. She entered into a marriage with a man demanding no sexual relationship. He ultimately violated that rule and Carrie was conceived. Carrie knows very little of the world and of her own self. The opening scene rings unbelievable, but is a suitably shocking way to open the movie. It shows how Carrie suffers abuse from all sides both at school and at home.

The girls bullying Carrie receive a fairly light punishment. They are required to attend a week’s detention with the gym teacher. Being overly dramatic teenage girls, they can’t just take that lying down. Two different girls take two different routes. One girl encourages her boyfriend Tommy Ross (William Katt) to take Carrie to the prom. She wants her to be included and break the social ostracism that she is experiencing. Another, encourages her boyfriend Billy Nolan (John Travolta) to slaughter a pig and dump it over Carrie’s head at the prom to get revenge.

The problem is that Carrie is not a typical teenager. She has the ability to manipulate objects with mind. She has control of this ability, but it also has control over her. She uses this to start to get her way. When she finds out that people plotted against her she acts out a terrible act of revenge and sacrifice.

Verdict:

The acting is downright awful at times, but the plot is good. The scenes from the prom are horror essentials. See it.

Tomorrow’s Movie: Paranormal Activity (2007)

 

Movie Title: Paranormal Activity

First Watch / Repeat Viewing

Running Time: 1 hr. and 26 min.

Rated: R

Who did I watch with?: Stephie

Where did I watch it?: Home

Review:

Paranormal Activity is a low budget movie that earned a lot of bang for its buck. It rides on the coat tail’s of The Blair Witch Project to provide a mildly interesting story that revitalized interest in the found footage style of movie making.

The story is very simple. Katie and Micah are two middle class suburbanites. Micah is a day trader and Katie is a student (though somehow they managed to afford a very nice house.) They have been hearing bumps in the night when Katie reveals to Micah that she has been followed by a demon for most of her life. Micah takes this all in stride and buys a fancy camera which he intends to use to document the events that are occurring mostly at night.

The haunting gets progressively worse as Micah does literally everything that Katie asks him not to do. He sucks. At first, the haunting appears as if it is going to remain pretty lame, but it does build up in suspense somewhat as the movie progresses. Ultimately, I didn’t find it to be particularly frightening. Most of what the characters decide to do is extremely illogical and at times the acting is painful to watch. I didn’t really care about the characters, but the movie was well paced and well staged for the most part.

Verdict:

It influenced a host of sequels that I probably won’t watch and is a decent found footage movie. Take it or leave it.

Tomorrow’s Movie: Grandma’s Boy (2006)

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