Paranormal Activity (2009)
Critic Consensus: Using its low-budget effects and mockumentary method to great result, Paranormal Activity turns a simple haunted house story into 90 minutes of relentless suspense.
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The climax is deliciously scary, and Peli gets considerable mileage from the simple matter of lights inexplicably going on in another room.
It illustrates one of my favorite points, that silence and waiting can be more entertaining than frantic fast-cutting and berserk f/x. For extended periods here, nothing at all is happening, and believe me, you won't be bored.
When the object of the hype turns out to be as lame as this film, the whole exercise becomes just another Hollywood con job.
Demonstrates that when filmgoers decide they want to be scared, they will forgive absolutely anything -- bad acting, cheesy dialogue, poor camerawork, bad editing, unconvincing effects, incoherent storytelling -- for the sake of a good scare.
If Paranormal Activity is not quite as scary as the publicity would have us believe, it is at least witty, thought-provoking and -in a woozy, stark sort of way - beautiful.
Audience Reviews for Paranormal Activity
The idea may be interesting even if totally unoriginal, while the story is developed well in a careful pace. Still, the movie feels like a mere silly trick to scare the audience and nothing else, even if it isn't scary or intriguing.
Not a monumental piece of work, but it still delivers thrills and never bores. It's basically pop-out after pop-out. It's incredibly cool watching it with the sound loud and the lights off.
Paranormal Activity is a prime example of how creativity can prevail through budget limitations; this movie is original and downright creepy.
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