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Indefinite VisionsCinema and the Attractions of Uncertainty$
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Martine Beugnet, Allan Cameron, and Arild Fetveit

Print publication date: 2017

Print ISBN-13: 9781474407120

Published to Edinburgh Scholarship Online: May 2018

DOI: 10.3366/edinburgh/9781474407120.001.0001

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The Glitch Dimension: Paranormal Activity and the Technologies of Vision

The Glitch Dimension: Paranormal Activity and the Technologies of Vision

(p.316) Chapter 18 The Glitch Dimension: Paranormal Activity and the Technologies of Vision
Indefinite Visions

Steven Shaviro

Edinburgh University Press

The six Paranormal Activity movies (2007–15) explore a variety of methods for creating ‘found-footage’ horror. Produced on extremely low budgets, they devise a number of ways to generate scares and thrills without resorting to complicated, high-end special effects. They make use of sound, of temporal delay, and of the limitations and affordances of consumer video products that are both used to create the films, and actually used within the films. This self-reflexivity points up the ways that our actual world is permeated with recording and surveillance devices. The Paranormal Activity films eschew most formal principles of commercial filmmaking; their low-budget, unconventional technologies present us with a new sort of post-cinematic – and post-phenomenological – media apparatus. The last film in the series, in particular, uses glitches and breakdowns of the image in order to convey how the demonic realm it is ostensibly concerned with corresponds with new technical devices that extend outside the actual human sensorium

Keywords:   Glitch, Paranormal Activity, horror, post-cinematic, post-phenomenological

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