The Straits Times
Published on Oct 02, 2012

Paranormal Activity is latest cult horror saga


AUSTIN, Texas (AFP) - Remember grisly franchises like Friday the 13th, Halloween and the Saw movies? Now, Paranormal Activity is the latest horror saga to earn cult status, and on a tight budget.

Paramount, the studio behind the films, launched the fourth outing in a suitably noctural midnight screening at the Fantastic Fest for horror fans in Austin, Texas, ahead of its release later this month.

An audience which appeared to be 98 per cent male - the core horror movie demographic - squeezed in to the Alamo Drafthouse, an arthouse movie theater strangely jammed between a yoga studio and a scooter retailer.

Bizarrely, while there was a strict cellphone and talking ban, movie-goers were offered full restaurant food service during the film, with an army of waiters zipping up and down the aisles, crouching to avoid blocking the screen.