Paranormal Activity (2009)

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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.


Movie Info

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 … More

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
Runtime:
Paramount Pictures - Official Site

Cast


as Micah

as Psychic

as Girl on Internet
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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

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
Deadspin

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
Quickflix

It'll take quite some time to recover before you can sleep soundly without wondering if you're really alone in the room.

Full Review… | August 12, 2010
CinemaBlend.com

Audience Reviews for Paranormal Activity

½

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

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John Manard

Super Reviewer

½

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.

CreedsDelight
Matt Goodman

Super Reviewer

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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Edward Boxler

Super Reviewer

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