All the films from all the editions, including those subsequently removed, presently totalling 1177. 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.
I remember watching this not in a packed theatre auditorium filled with teenagers or in a typical horror-film marathon atmosphere, but all by myself at 2 AM with the sound cranked and a blanket tightly clasped against my face. Paranormal Activity scared the shit out of me, and every rewatch continues to prove that this little found-footage movie wasn't just influential because of its viral marketing or its low-budget conception, but because of its eerie effectiveness.
Sound design is remarkably center-stage here, even more so than the haunting visuals that escalate in terror and intensity, mainly because its the absence of any noise during the multiple "night" sequences that triggers any sound to instantly be correlated with a sinister…
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…
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.
Paranormal Activity is that indie chiller whose unexpected box-office success brought back found footage subgenre of horror into the mainstream and spawned an era that saw almost every horror film using the POV-shot technique green-lighted into production by the studio, whether it packs in a compelling story or not being one aspect that didn't play any role.
Paranormal Activity tells the story of a young couple who move into their new house in San Diego. When the girl confesses to her camera-obsessed boyfriend that she's been haunted by a supernatural entity all her life, he sets up the camera in their bedroom to record any paranormal activity that takes place while they sleep and ends up capturing many strange occurrences…
This is a compelling, well-shot documentary that follows the story of some activity. The activity contained herein may or may not be normal. (spoiler: it's not.)
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…
Watched a lot of horror movies this summer w/ friends and decided Paranormal Activity is my favorite. We watched Insidious 1,2,3, Conjuring 1&2, The Witch, The Ring, a dumb one called Atticus Institute, and the biggest contenders were Insidious, Conjuring, and Paranormal. Paranormal is my favorite even though I think Conjuring is technically better. I like the found footage crap, the footprints, how Katie stands idol for 3 hours, the flaming Ouija board, it's all great.
Everything is not what it seems for a young couple in their home. Things seem out of place and are not ok with what goes on in Paranormal Activity.
From what I’m saying this movie is really all not that bad. I’ve never seen this film but heard of it so this is my first time watching it. If I can can compare this movie to one film it would be The Blair Witch Project. Both are found footage films and are out of the ordinary horror films. They are frightening both in thrown ways and are in some ways based on actual events. The only difference is they are both independent films and shot with a video camera only…
I remember when Paranormal Activity came out. I was 12 when it was released in 2009, and I was barely into watching movies, let alone watching a low-budget horror movie. Some of my friends had seen it, and they said that it was the scariest movie that they had ever seen. I doubted that it was the scariest movie ever made, but it still peaked my interest. Years later, I would get to see it myself, and after watching it several times, I can say that it is one of the most terrifying movies that I have ever seen.
What makes Paranormal Activity work is the fact that it felt real. Found footage wasn't what it is today; there weren't…
some home made horror crap
+ "Katie has some big ass tittays"
- Who sets their alarm for 14 minutes past the hour?
This movie is creepy as he'll.
This review may contain spoilers. I can handle the truth.
I got more than I expected out of "Paranormal Activity", due to the fact that before I even started I was ready to rate this 1/2 a star. The only reason I rated this higher was because of the ending and all of the other alternate ones (the ones where Katy bashes Micah's head in with the camera or slits her own throat seemed like better ones), and the few eerie moments. The whole point of a movie is to entertain, it's an art that everyone can enjoy. "Paranormal Activity" was extremely lazily done and depended on its ending for shock factor. The concept is unoriginal and spawned uncreative movies in its footsteps. I see lots of people say this was scary due to the fact that they watched it home alone in the dark or what not; but I'm sure thousands of horror movies would scare you in that setting much more than "Paranormal Activity".
Can't deny that it did induce some paranoia in me after watching it, but I still think this is one of the most overrated movies ever.
Week #29 in my 2016 Cult Movie Challenge - Found Footage Week
Viewed on Netflix
Technically I watched this a day early but since I plan to hopefully watch Paranormal Activity 1 - 5 this week, all for the first time, I'm going to allow it.
I completely missed this on release and consequently haven't paid attention to the five sequels (or the unofficial Japanese spin-off) but I have to say I was impressed.
It's an independent and efficient Found Footage film that sidesteps the usual pitfalls of the genre - there's a clear reason why they're filming, there's justification for them to continue to film, there's no added soundtrack, and it doesn't end up just being shaky cam footage.
The story gives us just enough to work with and it manages to get some creepiness and a few jumps out of proceedings, but never goes over the top.
Up next; Paranormal Activity 2
The 2016 (2nd) edition of the list. You can see the original and more info here.
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