Great Job, Internet!: The only thing scarier than a real cockroach is the one in this found-footage short

In Aliens, Bill Paxton memorably asked, “Is this gonna be a stand up fight, sir, or another bug hunt?” The latter option is especially unappetizing in light of a new YouTube video that depicts a real-life hunt for a real-life bug. As the unfortunately titled “Paranormal Cocktivity” demonstrates, a flying cockroach can be every bit as formidable and elusive a foe as Michael Myers or the Blair Witch. Like those earlier legends of horror, this insect has a talent for quick getaways; he can be there one second and gone the next. Influenced by such found footage horror movies as Paranormal Activity, the video increases the scare factor through eerie green lighting, an unsettling musical score consisting of a clanking piano over a low drone, and the queasy “shaky cam” cinematography fans have come to expect over the last decade or so. Those requisite blasts of noisy static help, too …

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