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Paranormal Activity (2009)

Horror movie directed by Oren Peli

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Doesn't live up to the hype

  • Jul 13, 2010
Rating:
+2
Paranormal Activity is the $15,000 dollar fright fest that turned into a multi million dollar smash thanks to marketing and word of mouth.

The plot is simple enough to follow. Katie and her boyfriend Micah are troubled by odd noises in their San Diego home. To find out what it is that's going bump in the night, Micah sets up a video camera while they slumber. What we watch on screen, is the footage that was found afterwards.

Fans and critics have compared it to the Blair Witch Project, and while the comparison doesn't seem entirely unfounded given that both were heralded as "real discovered footage", the truth of the matter is it's not as scary as you would be lead to believe.

To be fair, some bits do thrill. 2 scenes in which you see Katie awaking from her sleep and standing by for hours watching Micah sleep are unnerving. As are the film's final moments. But for the most part of the film's 85 minute running time, very little happens, and you shift restlessly in your seat wondering what all the fuss is about.

It's a novel idea no doubt, but both The Blair Witch Project and the much superior Cloverfield used make believe amateur footage to much better effect.

An average creeper that is worth a worth on a rainy dark night.

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Whatever is all i can say way to hyped up i cant believe this
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Paranormal Activity
is a 2009 mockumentary horror film written and directed by Oren Peli. The movie premiered at the Screamfest Film Festival in US on October 14, 2007, and at the Slamdance Film Festival on January 18, 2008. The movie is currently in limited release in several cities in the United States as of October of 2009.[2] The movie centers on a young couple, Katie and Micah, who are haunted by a supernatural presence in their home. The movie is presented through the camera set up by the couple to capture the paranormal activity.

Like The Blair Witch ProjectParanormal Activity is an impressive and harrowing indie chiller that derives much of its terror--and there is quite a bit of that in its brief running time--by playing on the most basic of human fears: that which cannot be seen. Though one might assume that the point-of-view aesthetic had been worn out thanks toCloverfieldandQuarantine(and, lest one forgets,Blair Witch),Paranormalmakes excellent use of the single-camera technique, which helps to not only preserve the film's central conceit--a new-minted couple records the increasingly threatening supernatural phenomena that have invaded their home on a camcorder--but underscore the realism needed to drive home the low-fi (if completely persuasive) special effects. The approach is also crucial to the film's suspense, which unfolds in long, largely broken takes to nerve-rattling effect. Not every horror fan--or moviegoer--will fall for the ...
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Director: Oren Peli
Genre: Horror
Release Date: 16 October 2009 (USA)
MPAA Rating: R
Screen Writer: Oren Peli
DVD Release Date: December 29, 2009
Runtime: 86 minutes
Studio: Paramount, Blumhouse Productions
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