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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. Read critic reviews

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Soon after moving into a suburban tract home, Katie (Katie Featherston) and Micah (Micah Sloat) become increasingly disturbed by what appears to be a supernatural presence. Hoping to capture evidence of it on film, they set up video cameras in the house but are not prepared for the terrifying events that follow.

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  • [Paranormal Activity] is way more scary than Blair Witch because it takes the old conceit of things that go bump into the night, and brings it slyly into a well-to-do, middle class suburb.

    April 17, 2019 | Rating: 4/5 | Full Review…
  • This is a scarily well-made scary little film, although it certainly isn't flawless... But the acting is supremely naturalistic and, for such a small-scale project, it does have an amazingly heightened effect.

    August 30, 2018 | Full Review…
  • Though it's slow in the beginning, the ending will leave you terrified and foaming at the mouth for a sequel.

    September 11, 2017 | Rating: B | Full Review…
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    November 16, 2011 | Rating: 3/5
  • It'll take quite some time to recover before you can sleep soundly without wondering if you're really alone in the room.

    August 12, 2010 | Rating: 4.5/5 | Full Review…
  • The climax is deliciously scary, and Peli gets considerable mileage from the simple matter of lights inexplicably going on in another room.

    December 15, 2009 | Full Review…

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  • Jan 06, 2014
    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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  • Mar 29, 2013
    OMG! Why?! Are people really THAT stupid?
    Christian C Super Reviewer
  • Feb 22, 2013
    Paranormal Activity is a slow burning found footage film that drags the first hour out with the odd scary bit, Then in the last 15 minutes it comes to life but not enough to make up for the first hour, The plot is simple but affective, A few scares but more freaky than anything.
    Jamie C Super Reviewer
  • Oct 26, 2012
    Paranormal Activity is a low-budget horror film that became a phenomenon. Using the found footage style, the film follows a young couple that buys a video camera in order to investigate bizarre occurrences that have been plaguing their house. The storytelling is excellent, and feels especially authentic. And, it does an amazing job at incrementally building the suspense and increasing the intensity of every scene. With blood chilling terrors and disturbing imagery, Paranormal Activity delivers an extraordinarily terrifying experience.
    Dann M Super Reviewer

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