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…
Okay, let's be real. No one should've gone for the camera first when your girlfriend is screaming for help. Unless you are an asshole.
tag yourself.. i'm the door opening and closing a little at 2:09 am
This review may contain spoilers. I can handle the truth.
if the demon hadn't killed micah, i fucking would have
Genuinely scary, but also rather silly.
Terrible acting, cheap plot (best exemplified by Micah's discovery of a site about "Diane" from the 60s, a scene which had no build-up, no follow-up, no emotional impact, and added nothing to the tiresomely generic mythos), and two minutes into the movie I already wanted to drop-kick Douchebag Boyfriend. WHAT THE FUCK, MICAH??
Fuck me... this shit was intense. I fucking love this film. The thing that lets it down a little bit is the ending. The sleepwalking, screaming and sudden silence is perfect!... then when they had to expand on that kind of killed the vibe. But other than that tiny bit, Paranormal Activity is extremely effective!
Although the film as a whole in the end adds up as "decent", the chilliness of many of the scenes makes it worth a viewing.
Paranormal activity has become one of the most popular horror franchises in recent times, personally it's hard for me to see why. The set up sees a couple who are experiencing, what the title suggests, cameras are set up all around the house and capture everything. Doors open and close on there own, lights go out, people sleep...ultimately nothing really happens in this movie until the very last frame. While I can admire what the filmmakers were trying to do here, I didn't find it engaging or all that interesting.
first in the franchise, still find it creepy.
Complete list. :-(