The sheer fact that this film was produced for around 10,000 USD is something to be praised. Although the actors' skills weren't top notch, there was definitely a notable "horror film" feeling broadcast to moviegoers through watching Paranormal Activity. While watching the movie, all of the points that make a good horror film are present – you know, the “what the hell are you doing, no! Call the demonologist!” and “ are you crazy?!! get out of the house!” I believe that these moments are necessary in a good horror film's storyline, and Paranormal Activity uses them well to amp up viewer involvement and connection with characters.
A few things I didn't care for about Paranormal Activity were poor CGI (which is to be expected in a low-budget indie horror film) used in the final scene, and some of the screenplay work was less than par in my opinion. I realize that it's meant to look like it was shot from a handheld camera someone bought at a neighborhood Target store, but that doesn't negate the fact that it's frustrating when the viewer is constantly wondering what's being missed just outside of the screenshot. In all, I believe this was a great premise – something we've all seen before, but with a different take on it. Job well done!
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