The supernatural has long been a staple of movies. Yet movies that treat the paranormal as reality are not common. There is a distinction between using the magical as grist for special effects and considering them thing as real. As an example, The Exorcist was a film about the spiritual/supernatural while a film like Poltergeist or Ghostbusters were great entertainment that had nothing to do with the genuinely paranormal. Poltergeists might be real, but they don’t open gateways to other dimensions or make houses vanish.
A couple of movies that tackle the topic of the paranormal are Paranormal Activity and The Men Who Stare at Goats.
Paranormal Activity is famous for having been made with a budget of $15,000 and making over a hundred million dollars at the box office. Its limited budget is part of the movie’s appeal since it had to portray the paranormal in a realistic manner without over-the-top special effects. Scares come from little things…lights turning on spontaneously in the hallway or the sound of unseen footsteps by the bed while the couple sleeps. Paranormal Activity does bring up a question.
Can ghosts be dangerous?
It is said true ghosts are harmless, and so they are. There really is nothing to fear from a ghost. But this movie is not dealing with a ghost but demonic activity. Inhuman, infernal entities can be quite dangerous.
The movie portrays what is called demonic obsession. Demonic obsession is different then demonic possession -exorcist style. Spiritualists believe negative entities can sometimes latch onto an individual like a parasite and try to inject the entity’s thoughts into the mind of their host. The obsessed individual will feel these are his or her own ideas when they are actually the entity’s. These thoughts will be irrational, self-destructive, and harmful to others. Spiritual obsession is a danger involved with opening one’s self to contact with the spirit world. It may occur more often then anybody imagines. If someone is passive in the face of obsession and allow these thoughts to persist, they could become entrenched.
Another paranormal film is The Men Who Stare at Goats. This film is loosely based on actual government programs to develop psychic abilities like remote viewing as tools for spying or as weapons. The film views such activities as a farce. The movie also brings up a question.
Can anyone harm another by simply willing it?
This may seem impossible but it could happen in real life. In the past I wrote about something like this. I know someone who was cheated in a business deal. This person was so upset, everyday for months she visualized the person who wronged her would trip and fall backwards on their back outside the office. This was not done with the intention of actually causing anything to happen; it was just her response to deep-seated anger.
Three months later this happened almost exactly as she visualized. The person tripped by their office and broke their back, ending up in a body cast for months. The power of intense, persistent visualization can cause harm. However, this is not instantaneous like staring at a goat and having it drop dead. The lesson here is beware whom we wrong because not every misfortune we suffer might be just an accident.
Anyone can try this as an experiment on somebody we don’t like, but there is a danger involved. There is a long-standing tradition that if a curse fails, the effect will return onto the curser. Blowback. In addition, dwelling in negative energy is not good for our soul or body. Negativity can cause all types of physical illnesses.
Some aspects of the paranormal are best left alone.