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.
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.
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.)
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…
a movie i saw 6 years ago, that i've watched 10-15 times, still freaks me the fuck out.
look, i was listening to the new episode of the horrorflix podcast. it was a discussion of the PARANORMAL franchise. they were talking about a few certain parts of the first movie. i was scared. like, simply the thought of the movie fucking terrifies me. sure, it's boring on rewatch, but would still say that this movie is near perfect. not every movie is supposed to be rewatched 20 times, like how i love REQUIEM FOR A DREAM, but i don't like watching it. i don't know.
Let me get this out of the way: Paranormal Activity is scary.
For those that know me, I'm a horror film junkie, and am always looking for the next thrill. Hell, I just watched the wretched movie Teeth with the hopes that a good scare could be had out of "vagina dentata." I sat through My Bloody Valentine for chrissakes. And I am quick to pick apart a shitty horror film because I actually care about the genre and consider it to be one of the most honest and effective forms of storytelling.
I had a hard time picking apart Paranormal Activity. Sure, the movie has a lot of things working against it. A low-budget, that fucking stupid…
Tedious, we've seen it so many times before - and better!!
I can get why it was such a phenomenon at the time, but in retrospect it's pretty tedious and the characters are annoying. There are some good moments but the ending is absolute shit.
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This movie is both a good thing and a bad thing, and let me tell you why. So Katie has been haunted by some sort of ghost or demon all her life, and has finally gotten a house with her boyfriend, Micah, who is skeptical about Katie’s problem to say the least. He gets a video camera and decides to record everything that happens while they sleep, and this is the found footage of the aftermath. Looking at the numbers, this is one of the most successful movies ever made; sure you have Avatar which made $2.7 billion worldwide, but that had a bloated…
I am scared of ghosts. I am scared of all the things my imagination thinks up when I'm on my own. Not scared of being stabbed by someone in a mask - not obviously scary things. If that happens I'll die. Fine.
But super scared of nonsense illogical things like ghosts and supernatural stuff. Not monsters or zombies though. They just kill you. I'm scared of things that aren't there.
For these reasons I avoided Paranormal Activity on release and its subsequent sequels. However, today I saw it was on MUBI and thought what the hell. It was 1pm in the afternoon - a good time to watch scary films if you're scared of scary films!
I loved it. It…
Although its impact is now diluted by over-familiarity and inferior sequels/imitations, this is still an effective example of simplicity and tension-building.
Although it tries its very best to do a lot with a little, Oren Peli's hugely successful Paranormal Activity is an overrated, blandly acted, and honestly quite boring found footage horror film that's sadly lacking in genuine scares.
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