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.
A haunted house makes no secret of the fact it's not pleased with its new tenants in this independent tale of supernatural horror. Katie (Katie Featherson) and Micah (Micah Sloat) are a twentysomething couple who've just moved into a new home in San Diego, CA. Katie has an interest in the paranormal and believes that malevolent spirits have been following her since childhood, though Micah is not so easily convinced. However, after several nights of loud noises and strange happenings, Micah starts to agree with Katie that some sort of ghost may have followed them to the new home. After a paranormal researcher tells the couple he can't help them, Micah decides to take control of the situation and sets up a battery of video cameras so that if a spirit manifests itself, he can capture its behavior on tape. Once the surveillance cameras are in place, Katie and Micah bring in a Ouija board in an effort to talk to the spirits, a move that deeply offends the ghosts. Paranormal Activity was the first feature film from writer and director Oren Peli. ~ Mark Deming, Rovi … More
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Critic Reviews for Paranormal Activity
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.
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.
Paranormal Activity Quotes
|Katie:||I think we'll be okay now.|
|Katie:||[referring to the photograph that Micah found in the attic] Where was it when you found it?|
|Micah:||It was over our bed.|
|Micah:||Well, basically it could be two things: it could be a ghost... [mock whisper] or it could be a demon.|
|Katie:||Dr. Fredrichs said that it wasn't a ghost.|
|Micah:||Well, I've been going by the evidence and I'm doin' my research and I'm going to find out what it is.|
|Katie:||Well, whatever it is that's following me, it doesn't feel... it doesn't feel human. It feels like it's... it feels like a monster. I mean like, it wants to hurt me.|
|Micah:||Well that sounds like, actually like a demon.|
|Katie:||Yeah, that's what he said.|
|Micah:||Well, 'cause ghosts are spirits of human beings.|
|Katie:||Yeah, it's definitely not human.|
|Psychic:||Then maybe you're right, which is bad 'cause demons suck.|
|Katie:||I don't give a fuck what that thing says on the Ouija board!|
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