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The Next Paranormal Activity

By Steven Lloyd Wilson | Trade News | February 2, 2010 |


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Blogs are abuzz! Low budget? Indie film? Documentary style? Shocking final ten minutes? Paramount getting involved? DUDE CATFISH IS THE NEXT PARANORMAL ACTIVITY!

Except for the fact that it isn't a horror movie. And isn't found footage, but a mock documentary. So it's actually nothing like Paranormal Activity except that Paramount found something cheap and thinks that they can make a lot of money. So Catfish isn't really like Paranormal Activity so much as both of them are like dusty heirlooms on The Antique Roadshow and Paramount is like the guy with gambling debts rummaging through his grandpa's attic (which is the film festival circuit in this extended metaphor).

In any case, Catfish was a well received entrant in the Sundance film festival this year and is now being courted by Paramount in an exotic dance of lust and greed. One might say that Paramount was reeling in Catfish ... oh come on, I had to go there. It can be a blackout drinking game, searching the internet over the next few weeks for puns on "reeling" in combination with "Catfish." And they wonder why journalism is dying?

Here's the synopsis provided for Sundance:

Nev, a 24-year-old New York-based photographer, has no idea what he's in for when Abby, an eight-year-old girl from rural Michigan, contacts him on MySpace, seeking permission to paint one of his photographs. When he receives her remarkable painting, Nev begins a friendship and correspondence with Abby's family. But things really get interesting when he develops a cyber-romance with Abby's attractive older sister, Megan, a musician and model. Prompted by some startling revelations about Megan, Nev and his buddies embark on a road trip in search of the truth.

Never ever ever write back to eight year old girls contacting you out of the blue on the Internet to talk about "art." It's always Chris Hansen on the other end.


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