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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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.
It's this feeling of vulnerability that Peli's slow-burning supernatural chiller so effectively exploits, fashioning heart-stopping scares out of almost nothing.
Though it never poses a question more abstract than "Where's that scratching sound coming from?" Paranormal Activity is all about spiritual and ethical debts coming due.
Peli is to be congratulated for pulling off such an audacious project, but he needs a sharper sense of timing: The film's pacing is uneven, which weakens the suspense.
Audience Reviews for Paranormal Activity
The idea may be interesting even if totally unoriginal, while the story is developed well in a careful pace. Still, the movie feels like a mere silly trick to scare the audience and nothing else, even if it isn't scary or 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.
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.|