Paranormal Activity script
Synopsis: Soon after moving into a suburban tract home, Katie (Katie Featherston) and Micah (Micah Sloat) become increasingly disturbed by what appears to be a supernatural presence. Hoping to capture evidence of it on film, they set up video cameras in the house but are not prepared for the terrifying events that follow.

COLD OPEN:

EXT. DAIRY FARM --DAY

A small, one-man operation. There’s a house, a few

outbuildings, corrals and a barn.

TITLE:
VENTURA COUNTY, 45 MILES FROM LOS ANGELES

Angle on JIM CROWLEY, a hard-working dairy farmer, 50’s,

dressed in coveralls. He’s opening a gate. DAIRY COWS come

plodding through and head straight towards the milking barn.

They know the routine.

JIM:

Morning, Girls. Let’s move along

now, sun’s been up for an hour.

Jim moves off and doesn’t see the last cow. Her name is

DELILA and she looks like all the rest, except she’s walking

backwards.

INT. MILKING BARN --SAME DAY

Jim making his rounds, moving past the cows in their stalls,

a quaint wooden sign over each: SWEET SUE, OL’ BESS, MAGGIE

MAY, etc. The cows are facing away from us, udders attached

by clear plastic hoses to a complicated milking apparatus. We

can hear the automated pumps shushing rhythmically, see the

milk coursing through the hoses.

Jim reaches Delila. She’s completely still, her milk

stuttering through the hose.

JIM:

You okay, Delila?

Suddenly, Delila turns her head, looks at him, a malevolent

glint in her eyes. She GROWLS.

EXT. DAIRY FARM --MOMENTS LATER

Jim’s wife, ELLEN, hanging clothes on a clothesline. She

hears Jim yelling, then sees him stumbling out of the barn,

scared cows running past him.

ELLEN:

Oh my heavens!

EXT. MILKING BARN --THAT NIGHT

Jim and Ellen have the door open a bit and they’re peeking

in. We hear Delila’s rabid BELLOWING intermixed with

CRASHING and CLANGING. Apparently, she’s wrecking the place.

2.

JIM:

Well it’s not anthrax or hoof and

mouth. I’ve never seen anything

like this in 35 years of dairy

farming.

Ellen wants to say something, is too afraid.

JIM:

What?

ELLEN:

This is not natural, Jim.

JIM:

Not natural? What’s that supposed

to mean?

ELLEN:

Look at her eyes.

Angle on Delila, panting, glaring at them, eyes like molten

orbs, a burgeoning, unnatural fury inside her.

ELLEN:

I’ve only seen that look one other

time. Remember my cousin, Thalia?

JIM:

Aww Ellen --

ELLEN:

Thalia was possessed, Jim. A demon

took hold of that poor woman’s body

and drove her right out of her

mind!

JIM:

Cow’s don’t get possessed, Ellen.

They’re cows.

They hear a BELLOW that’s more like a scream. Delila is

galloping right at them, her face distorted into a snarl,

ears back, teeth bared like a dog. In a panic, they slam the

door shut as Delila rams into it, splintering the wood. Jim

looks at Ellen, realizes she may be right.

JIM:

My God...

END COLD OPEN:

3.

ACT 1

INT. CAMRY --DAY

JOSH KEELING at the wheel, drinking a chocolate milk with a

straw. He’s mid-30’s, casually dressed, attractive, a regular

guy. Music begins, the Talking Heads sing the arrestingly

weird, “Once In A Lifetime” over...

A MONTAGE:

Josh drives through a typical LA suburb, intercut with scenes

of ordinary people doing ordinary things; walking their dogs,

playing tennis, having coffee at Starbucks, talking on their

cells. The scenes are so ordinary they’re almost surreal.

JOSH (V.O.)

Somebody once said, the only normal

people are the ones you don’t know

very well, and how many people do

you know that well? I mean really.

Your family, your friends, the

people you see everyday? Oh sure,

they look normal, but believe me

when I tell you, normal can

disguise the weirdest stuff you can

imagine.

The montage ends.

EXT. PCI --SAME DAY

A small, nondescript commercial building, “Paranormal

Consultants Inc” stenciled discreetly on the door.

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Oren Peli

Oren Peli (born January 21, 1970) is an Israeli American film director, producer and screenwriter, known as the director of Paranormal Activity. more…

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