This is the story of Katie and Micah, a carefree couple who become haunted by an unseen presence in their house. They decide to investigate the increasingly bizarre and escalating intrusions by setting up a video camera to capture evidence of the demonic presence in their house, only to find much more that they ever imagined.
A Few Low Budget Scares
- Paranormal Activity review by Jawbreaker
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Much has been made of the Paranormal Activity low-fi budget, which for many delivers more frights and nightmares than many major horror films of late. That isn’t saying much and I didn’t find the film particularly scary with the ending in particular being out of place, seemingly re-filmed after a suggestion by Spielberg none the less. It shares much with the Blair Witch Project and if you couldn’t stomach the shaky hand held camera of claustrophobic minimal, argumentative cast there, then this certainly isn’t for you. At least the female lead is not as soul destroying annoying as Heather Donahue’s backpacking ranter and you do feel some sympathy for her plight. Lacking the finances of Cloverfield we’re left to follow this couple in their new house where divisions appear within their relationship, as the strain of unexplained events becomes increasingly menacing. You’re meant to believe this is real and you’re fortunate enough to be viewing these tapes as a historical piece of evidence, following the chain of events to a rapid fire conclusion. The cast in Paranormal Activity perform well, showing you don’t need huge names or a massive budget to produce some interest, atmosphere and emotion. If you’re of a nervous disposition then this is not a film you should watch with the lights off or the sound on; just keep that pillow handy.
What a let-down!
- Paranormal Activity review by AK
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I fell for the hype. I was expecting something truly unsettling and frightening.. and got a rather dull domestic documentary. I'm all for scares being hinted at rather than spelled out, and I don't like loads of jump-moments, they get tiring, but there's only so long you can go on believing something's about to happen.. The handheld shaky-camera/amateur thing is now a cliché and to expect it to compensate for lack of fleshed out characters, plot and real scares is feeble. Perhaps it would have helped if the couple hadn't been so uninteresting..
The only reason I can think of to watch this is just to say you have. But I suppose that was the point of all the hype in the first place..