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…
This movie is creepy as he'll.
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
I watched every single entry in the Paranormal Activity franchise in one sitting and I still think the first one holds up as interesting and innovative, considering how it was made, even if the scares are kinda cheap.
The second one is good too, although not quite as interesting as the first, but it still manages to steer away from "oh my god why the hell are they still filming this?" territory which is what always breaks my immersion in found footage films.
The third is fairly run-of-the-mill haunted house stuff that I barely even remembered watching, but it tried to be unique with it's oldschool 80s video camera setup. It's not horrible.
The fourth one is an absolute ATROCITY…
scary as shit
Gaminely terrifying. The whole film was building and although you could tell it was low budget, the ending was still quite terrifying. One of the absolute best found footage films I have ever seen. Acting was good, camera work was great and the slow build kept you on the edge of your seat without really showing you anything.
After moving into a suburban home, a couple becomes increasingly disturbed by a nightly demonic presence.
I remember seeing the adverts for this one on UK TV back on release. The night vision cameras in the theatres showing people screaming, shouting, scared out of their wits. So clearly this film is going to be some intense scary shit...
... Intensely boring more like. Oh no a door moved, oh no something banged, zzzzzzzz. Far too much time spent bickering and nothing happening.
The lead male character is one of the most dislikable twats that a woman has had to endure on film. Honestly, he seems to have all the warmth and compassion of a fascist dictator. Just such an infuriatingly horrible arse that I was rooting for his demise pretty much the whole film. Plus the…
The 2016 (2nd) edition of the list. You can see the original and more info here.
With a list of…
Complete list. :-(