Sunday night, one of The Girls and I went to see “Paranormal Activity”. If you’re not already familiar with the movie (no spoilers, don’t worry), it’s this season’s “Blair Witch Project”. Shot almost entirely with handheld digital video cameras, one set, shot in one week. The basic plot is a couple whose house appears to be haunted; in the middle of the night, doors slam, unexplained noises come from downstairs, etc. It was an enjoyable scary movie for the Halloween season.
After the movie, we headed home and settled into bed. Sometime in the middle of the night, some clatter from the living room woke us both up. We rolled over, one of us muttered “damn cats” and we fell right back asleep.
Which is to say, it’s a certainty that the characters in the movie didn’t have cats. If they had, any unexplained noises or slamming doors would have failed to make an impression. Or, if you look at it another way, demonic possession, … owning cats… not as much difference as you might think.