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.

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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, Rovi
Rating:
R (for language)
Genre:
Horror , Mystery & Suspense
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Cast

Micah Sloat
as Micah
Mark Fredrichs
as Psychic
Ashley Palmer
as Girl on Internet
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Critic Reviews for Paranormal Activity

All Critics (191) | Top Critics (31)

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November 15, 2011
Time Out
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Full Review… | January 6, 2010
Entertainment Weekly
Top Critic

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
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It's this feeling of vulnerability that Peli's slow-burning supernatural chiller so effectively exploits, fashioning heart-stopping scares out of almost nothing.

Full Review… | November 26, 2009
Time Out
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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.

Full Review… | October 30, 2009
Slate
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Audience Reviews for Paranormal Activity

The idea may be interesting even if totally unoriginal, while the story is developed in a careful pacing. But still, the movie feels like a mere silly trick to scare the audience and nothing else, though it isn't scary or intriguing.

Carlos Magalhães
Carlos Magalhães

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.

Matt Goodman
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.

Edward Boxler
Edward Boxler

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