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.
A fresh coat of paint applied to an impressively old-fashioned ghost story.
For extended sections, this movie is very scary. My frequent self-preserving glimpses away from the screen, just to catch my breath, can confirm that.
Fun as a communal experience in a crowded theater. Scary? Not that often.
Audience Reviews for Paranormal Activity
Better than I expected but really I think im over this style of film.
The idea may be interesting even if totally unoriginal, and the story is developed in a careful pace, which works well enough for what is wants to accomplish. But still, this movie feels like only a silly trick to scare the audience and nothing else, yet it isn't scary nor 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.
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