ByMichelle Siouty, writer at

As a fan of horror films, nothing gets me more excited than getting that familiar chill down my spine, having my senses suddenly become extra-heightened, and feeling any cold draft, which obviously means a ghost has suddenly walked through me (or maybe it was just my A/C, who really knows?)

Regardless, for me it's a fun mood and environment. From zombies, werewolves, aliens, to vampires, I enjoy watching horror films through my fingers as I scream in shock alone in my bedroom.

I particularly enjoy watching films about ghosts, as I have experienced a few inexplicable occurrences myself. I love listening to the music build up to an incredibly suspenseful moment before jumping in my seat. This is why Paranormal Activity is one of my favorite horror films.

I recently had the pleasure of chatting with Producer Jason Blum (Insidious, Sinister, The Purge), who gave me the backstory on how Paranormal Activity came into fruition.

Blum first stumbled upon a rough cut, which was scheduled to go straight to video. Blum had previously worked at Miramax when he was younger and passed on the Blair Witch Project. He knew better than to make the same mistake twice.

When Blum met with Oren Peli, the writer of the film, he promised that he would get it into a bunch of movie theaters. It may have taken them three years to put it together, but with only a tiny budget of $15,000, Paranormal Activity went on to make nearly $200 million total.

When I asked him what about the project stood out to him, he immediately answered with:

"I think it was very original. What I did was I liked it enough to rent out a theater. And I rented out a theater and I filled it up with people, and I screened it and I watched the people. And it didn't take a genius to see that the movie was really going to work."

If you haven't checked out Blum's track record, he definitely seems to know what works in a horror film and what doesn't. He has mastered the art of suspense, and credits director James Wan for teaching him how while working on Insidious.

This brings me to my next point. If you're in the mood for some intense psychological twists and turns, Blum's most recent film The Gift is just the film for you. Let me put it this way: my 6'2" brother even jumped and screamed a couple of times in the theater (and I might have just once myself, if I'm going to be completely frank).

Check out the trailer below if you haven't already:

I recommend that you try to make amends with people in your past that you've done wrong by. According to The Gift, the past can creep up on you and terrify you.

The Gift hits theaters this Friday, August 7th. Check it out...if you dare!


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