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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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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, Rovimore
Rating: R (for language)
Genre: Mystery & Suspense, Horror
Directed By:
Written By: Oren Peli
In Theaters:
On DVD: Dec 29, 2009
Box Office: $107.9M
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Critic Reviews for Paranormal Activity

All Critics (192) | Top Critics (31)

The climax is deliciously scary, and Peli gets considerable mileage from the simple matter of lights inexplicably going on in another room.

Full Review… | December 15, 2009
Chicago Reader
Top Critic

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.

Full Review… | December 15, 2009
Chicago Sun-Times
Top Critic

A fresh coat of paint applied to an impressively old-fashioned ghost story.

Full Review… | August 28, 2015

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.

Full Review… | June 22, 2013

Fun as a communal experience in a crowded theater. Scary? Not that often.

Full Review… | February 1, 2013
Movie Nation

Peli teases the audience expertly. Scenes remain silent and still; not for long, but long enough to make you sweat. The terror of anticipation and its abrupt release, particularly in the final scene, is exhilarating.

Full Review… | October 27, 2010

Audience Reviews for Paranormal Activity


Better than I expected but really I think im over this style of film.

John Manard

Super Reviewer

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.

Carlos Magalh„es

Super Reviewer


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.

Matt Goodman

Super Reviewer

Paranormal Activity Quotes

Katie: I think we'll be okay now.
– Submitted by SailorMoon797 F (3 years ago)
Katie: [referring to the photograph that Micah found in the attic] Where was it when you found it?
Micah: It was over our bed.
– Submitted by SailorMoon797 F (3 years ago)
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.
– Submitted by SailorMoon797 F (3 years ago)
Katie: I don't give a fuck what that thing says on the Ouija board!
– Submitted by SailorMoon797 F (3 years ago)

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