All the films from all the editions, including those subsequently removed, presently totalling 1167. An easy way of seeing how…
What Happens When You Sleep?
After a young, middle class couple moves into a suburban 'starter' tract house, they become increasingly disturbed by a presence that may or may not be somehow demonic but is certainly most active in the middle of the night. Especially when they sleep. Or try to.
LOTS OF SPOILERS
Let me save you an 85 minutes of your life by detailing what happens in Paranormal Activity, because I know practically no-one has seen this.
* A few minutes of boring crap.
* Some noises.
* A few more minutes of drivel.
* A door moves.
* More cack and a psychic pops round.
* JUMP SCARE.
* Bit more crap.
* Katy Perry goes for a wander.
* Oh look, someone switched the fucking telly on. They never put it on a broadcasting channel, do they?
* He's busted out the sodding Ouija board. WHAT COULD POSSIBLY HAPPEN.
* Some tedious arguing and pointless wank.
Apparently the inspiration for this film came from the fact that a box of laundry detergent fell from a shelf in the director's home. It was placed far in the back of the shelf and there was no logical explanation as to how it could possibly have fallen.
I curse that box to this very day as the film it has spawned caused me to lose a lot of sleep. It is impressive what the director managed to achieve with the tiniest of budgets, but he had no right to scare me this much.
If there's one thing that scares me in horror films it's a lack of control over what happens to you. The scenes where the poor unfortunate…
Granted I am five years late to the party...but I finally watched this box office smash. An impressive movie that builds suspense through the creepy ending. Even more impressive is that it only cost 15,000 dollars to make. I liked the two main characters....not sure if I will watch more from the series..but I am curious about Katie now. Best trivia from IMDB....Spielberg had to stop watching movie and finish during daylight hours because it freaked him out so muc.
Believe it or not, I hadn't actually seen Paranormal Activity before. I had an idea of what to expect because I had heard so much about the film before, but I didn't expect it to be even more boring than I had anticipated.
I could go on about the shaky cam and the 'found footage' aspect, but I'll put that weary argument aside. What I will say is it's boring in that the horror is too premeditated and the characters are uninteresting.
Despite the level of character development and time spent with the two lead characters, it's hard to care about what's happening to them. On top of this, the horror is set up in a way that the audience knows something is going to happen. Therefore, it relies too heavily on the 'jump scare' aspect, of which are few.
Based on that display, I'm guessing the sequels aren't worth the time...
I originally watched Paranormal Activity in 2009 but I was interrupted half way through and never returned to it. At the time I found it pretty tedious outside of the bedroom sections and didn't like the characters, but I never did get to the parts where stuff actually happened so I wasn't in a position to judge it. I decided to finally watch it all the way through and, well, not much has changed - there are glimpses of a great horror movie, but these moments are few and far between as the rest of the time I was watching two characters that aren't particularly well developed do things that serve no real purpose in the long run. I especially…
I hadn't seen this until just now, and what it felt like to me was one of the V/H/S shorts. I liked those two movies a lot, and while this is different in that it's a full feature, otherwise it's pretty much the same type of thing. I guess what I'm saying is that I really like the found footage style, cause this scared the pants off me.
Now, the obvious caveat here is that only a few of the shorts from both VHS movies were any good, and there are loads more shitty found footage movies than there are good ones. But I think that in terms of finding new ways to scare people, the found footage gimmick works…
my wife thought it would be fun if we recorded our lives with a video camera..............I said Who are you? get out of my house.
after a restraining order and a shot of tequila I found something odd. a marriage license...Shit that crazed dame was right. I should of called the cops and shed light on my discovery, but I wasn't sure it was real. So being a former CSI (it lasted a fortnight), I dusted for prints and then analyzed the writing which led me to the fact that there's only one culprit in this..........
a lower ranking demon god called RASZDS (demon of forgery)
I avoided Paranormal Activity for a long time. I saw it as the Anti-Christ of horror cinema. And it kind of is... of cinema at least. I struggle to call it cinema. It's not just the found footage element or the fact that it's shot on a video camera. Found footage films like The Blair Witch Project and My Little Eye I can still see as cinema... as movies. But Paranormal Activity is too close to the shitty reality television shows it was born from to separate it in my mind. Sitting through this, I never felt like I was watching a movie. This is not to say I disliked Paranormal Activity or that I wasn't affected by it. I…
The attempted authenticity is undermined by the unbelievable behaviour of the characters, especially Micah.
just pretend it's directed by joe swanberg
happily watched the original cut which is far more quietly upsetting than the theatrical or alternate. its a shame that the sequels relied more and more on the jumps and the cinema crowd stuff, but at the same time i totally signed up for this hoping to scream and cry and i didnt. i wish i was proud of myself but I'm not. I'm just deeply unhappy. want a cuddle
Micah Sloat's horrendous acting and onscreen attempts at machismo withstanding, this is just all right with me. A perfect movie to throw on if you're in need of some cheap entertainment and have had too many drinks to engage in that 5-hour masterpiece you still haven't gotten around to.
Hey, Paranormal Activity producers! Do you remember this?
When the Paranormal Activity franchise was starting with a great movie?
Yes.. I remember that too... thank you.
(This is kind of a review of the whole franchise as I am a huge fan of all of them.)
In December 2009, as an 11 year old, I distinctly remember hearing about PARANORMAL ACTIVITY. I came home, went in my room, and put it in my dvd player. I shut the lights off. About 45 minutes in, I shut it off. I was fucking shivering. I couldn't sleep. At around 2:30, I decided to finish it. I sat in my room, staring at nothing, completely paranoid. I remember, for weeks, after seeing it, and being home alone, absolutely terrified. I remember not wanting to go near my basement for at least 2 whole months. This movie fucked me up.…
Some thoughts on found-footage horror:
Found-footage, as a horror sub-genre, has come under a lot of flak recently with many suggesting that it be dropped altogether. The suggestion is understandable and has its roots in the fact that there has been a boom in this sub-genre in terms of quantity, if not quality, following the success of PARANORMAL ACTIVITY and THE BLAIR WITCH PROJECT, the widely-considered benchmarks of found-footage horror. I personally believe found-footage is as valid a (sub-) genre as any and don't find it necessary to denounce the whole thing just because it has produced many bad films. It depends on the filmmaker how he chooses to employ the found-footage conceit, and a creative director can certainly put…
Horror movies are by far my favorite, so I've decided to make a list with all of them I remember…
List made from the book 1001 Movies You Must See Before You Die. This list just from the 2014 edition,…