Vote! Or 'Paranormal Activity' will die!

paranormal-activity_lThe clever folks behind Paranormal Activity, the low-budget frightfest that has terrified midnight audiences in college towns the past two weeks, intend to bring their movie to the masses. But first, they’d like to see how badly you reeeeally want to see it. If 1,000,000 people go to eventful.com and demand that their much-buzzed ghost story opens in local theaters, the film will receive a nationwide release. The site even has a telethon-like demand-o-meter and boasts that Paranormal is the “first-ever major film release decided by you.”

Shrewd. Getting a million “votes” should be a piece of cake, especially since many of the people “demanding” Paranormal Activity already have it playing near them. Last weekend, the movie played in only 33 theaters nationwide, but its five-figure per-screen average promises greater exposure to come, regardless of the website’s final tally.

I wonder how future films will incorporate Paranormal Activity‘s grassroots Web marketing. Blockbusters might not need it, but wouldn’t it be nice set up our own websites demanding that certain movies don’t get released? Hit 1,000,000 demands and G.I. Joe will vacate your local theater? Which movie would you “vote” to disappear? And will you be voting for Paranormal Activity today?

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  • Pslightly Psycho

    I am DYING to see this movie but it has not come to Milwaukee, WI, yet. Hope it does before Halloween. Now if you’ll excuse me I have to vote on eventful.com….

    • jb

      The point is you don’t HAVE to vote for it. They intend to release it wider; they just want you to beg for it, like a dog.

  • bedc01

    I saw the movie already.. it was ok but its not the biggest horror movie as some are making it out to be. This is a movie I could have waited on dvd for.. I think paranormal activity, much like the overrated blair witch project, will be remember and praise more for the marketing and hype then for the movie itslef

  • Aaron

    The site looks like bull. They just want to confirm your e-mail address to put you on a mailing list. The tally keeps increasing by a pattern (2, 2, 2, 3) regardless. Don’t bother.

  • Shamrock

    I’m tired of movie studios. It’s funny the article mentions G.I. Joe which I could see on 3 different screens at different times yet would have to drive over 40 miles to see The Hurt Locker.

    • Patty

      It’s the same situation in my town. The theater here has 18 theaters in it, but only a handful of movies because multiple movies have multiple screens.

      • Shamrock

        It’s ridiculous.

  • omglolwtf17

    There is no 2, 2, 2, 3 pattern to the tally. With the ad on IMDB among other sites I wouldn’t doubt the number of people clicking the Demand button. That said, even if it is fake, I want to see this movie (currently the closest theater playing it is about 100 miles away) and the fact that it looks on track for a nationwide release by next week is a great thing.

  • AuntieMM

    I’ve already emailed my local theatre owner to ask that he show it….might make a good Halloween weekend.

  • annie

    I also noticed the tally’s going up by 3 every second.

  • The F’n Jem’Hadar

    I love how most people talking about this movie have no idea that Paramount/Dreamworks let it sit on the shelf for TWO YEARS before release. They bought the distro rights after it was already made independently. Don’t assume, get your facts straight.

  • Michael

    I would vote to get rid of any Tyler Perry movie including Madea.

  • DW

    Seattle is the number 1 city at the moment, so I’m in luck. I’m betting it won’t be long before the backlash kicks in on this one, deservedly or not.

  • Dan

    If you like Paranormal Activity, you’ll love ParaAbnormal (a webseries co-created by Blair Witch’s Ed Sanchez). http://www.paraabnormal.tv

  • Lil Skeezy

    Why can’t I vote to have it not come to my town? My town is retarded enough without this garbage making these people even more stupid. Anyone who pays to see this trash is retarded.

  • Wanda Tirado

    This movie is NOT SCARY!!! I was soooo disappointed.

  • wanda Tirado

    dont waste your money and time

  • Buster

    Quite honestly the least scary film I’ve ever seen in my life. If you’re the type of person that’s afraid of slamming doors, or terrible effects, then yes, it will creep you out – otherwise, you’ll just laugh. A truly, TRULY, terrible film.

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