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PARANORMAL ACTIVITY (2007)

PARANORMAL ACTIVITY <span>(2007)</span> artwork

PARANORMAL ACTIVITY (2007)

Type Feature

Approx. Running minutes 84

Release dates 25/11/2009

BBFCInsight Contains strong language and threat

Genre(s) Thriller, Horror

Director(s) Oren Peli

Cast includes Katie Featherston, Micah Sloat, Mark Fredrichs, Amber Armstrong, Ashley Palmer

Cut All known versions of this work passed uncut.

BBFCinsight publication date 15/11/2009

Note: The following text may contain spoilers

PARANORMAL ACTIVITY is a US horror film presented as a case history conveyed through hand-held camera footage seemingly filmed by the performers and which relates how a young American couple are threatened by paranormal manifestations in their new house. It was passed '15' for strong language and threat.

The film contains around 40 uses of strong language. This exceeds the '12A'/'12' Guidelines where 'The use of strong language (for example, 'fuck') must be infrequent' but is permissible at '15' where 'There may be frequent use of strong language'.

As for horror, the film's content exceeds the '12A/12' Guideline test which states that 'Moderate physical and psychological threat may be permitted, provided disturbing sequences are not frequent or sustained'. This film features frequent strong threat and menace from the opening minutes until the final scene as the couple's camera records offscreen sounds and manifestations that graduate in frequency and intensity to the point where the threat becomes tangible and physical. The film's hand-held camerawork lends the horror and intensity a greater sense of realism and immediacy. The film's power is not reliant on gore or special effects but instead credibly depicts an unknown force with growing power overwhelming the lives of a young couple in a realistic domestic setting. The lack of sadistic or sexualised elements meant that the film was permissible at '15' but the strength, frequency and sustained nature of the threat and terrorisation meant that it was not allowable at '12A/12'.

PARANORMAL ACTIVITY also contains an oblique moderate sex reference to unseen sexual activity, additional mild sex references and mild language.

Details

Title
PARANORMAL ACTIVITY
Also known as
FEATURE COMMENTARY, ALTERNATIVE END COMMENTARY
Year
2007
Formats
DVD, Cinema
Distributor(s)
Icon Home Entertainment,Icon Film Distribution Ltd
Classified date(s)
26/02/2010
Main language
English
BBFC reference
AZF263837

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