In this episode I’m joined by local Texan and the main star of Paranormal Activity, Katie Featherston.
When Paranormal Activity came out back in 2007 Katie had no idea it would become as globally successful as it did. With just a $15,000 budget, Paranormal Activity ended up grossing almost $2,000,000.
She talks about what it was like to suddenly become so well-known and how using her real name in the film had some unplanned consequences.
She explains to me how they filmed the movie, how much of it was improvised and how much was scripted.
It’s incredible to hear the creative process of a film that ended up inspiring so many other films like it…
“One of the cool things about being in horror films is meeting the fans because they are just so passionate.” – Katie Featherston
01:23 – Where Katie’s from.
04:13 – The idea behind Paranormal Activity and how much of the film was improvised.
12:26 – How the story evolved during the filming process.
15:15 – How Steven Spielberg influenced the end result of the film.
18:24 – What it felt like to suddenly become so well known.
22:56 – The extent of Katie’s love for horror films.
25:38 – How the studios influenced the filming and what made the final cut.
29:16 – How the filming of the sequels differed from the creation of the original.
31:05 – Katie’s MTV award nomination.
32:51 – Other films that were inspired by Paranormal Activity.
36:35 – The importance of sound in horror movies.
38:39 – What Katie would do differently if she were to make the film again.
42:18 – How to connect with Katie online.