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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.
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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.
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…
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 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…
Prepare yourself for the unmentionable horrors of watching a haunted couple sleep, and hang on to the edge during the scenes when a woman occasionally sleep walks.
The most frightening thing about Paranormal Activity is the fact that it managed to gross upwards of 180 million dollars and inexplicably spawn a mind numbingly incompetent franchise of badly constructed interconnected ghost stories.
Probably writing this review much too late and most are tired out on the found footage haunting genre now. However, I saw this in the theater and loved it. It was very original at the time and knowing the low budget just made it better. Yes, the rest of the movies in this series got ridiculous, repetitive and boring but this was the first. Of course upon becoming mass released (I remember you had to vote to get this movie to come to your local theaters) it was somewhat ruined with the Hollywood touch. I am referring to the ending. There were two other endings that were done by the director, both of which sound way better than what Spielberg conned up for the "mainstream" audience, still enjoyable but overdone at this point in time.
Suspenseful and slowly unsettling. Experience mostly depends on whether or not you allow yourself to buy in to the horror. If you do it'll probably unnerve you and you'll like it, if you don't you'll think it's just a bunch of various knocks and bumps. To each his own.
Also Micah is a pretty irksome character.
Probably one of my favorite Rifftrax, just cause of how angry the guys get at the movie.
Haven't seen this in a long time. The build-up is still effective and the bedroom scenes are genuinely creepy.
This supernatural horror film was initially screened at the Screamfest Film Festival in 2007 before seeing a nationwide release over two years later in October of 2009. Written, produced, and directed by Oren Peli, the simple but intriguing concept was filmed on an extremely modest budget of only $15,000. The movie's $193 million dollar take at the box office make sit the single most profitable movie ever made, based on return-on-investment. To put that another way, "Paranormal Activity" made an astonishing thirteen grand for every dollar spent on production.
The 86-minute plot follows a young attractive couple in San Diego who attempt to document a demon they believe may be terrorizing their house. Katie Featherston and Micah Sloat portray…
Fans of Blair Witch and the ghost television shows will probably like it. Chubby girl is scared of Ouija boards! Boo! The ending gave me chills, and there were a few spooky moments. Other than that, it's mostly Bela Tarr boring.
Aside from Blair Witch Project I don´t think I´ve bothered to check out any found footage movie yet (I guess REC counts?) but I remember it fondly enough to eventually check out Paranormal Activity. I heard it made money and I know at least one person who was terrified by it. And I heard Spielberg was involved somehow, which was properbly the reason I didn´t check it out until this week.
As it was, it wasn´t too bad, given that I just don´t see much potential in the whole found-footage thing. There were some pretty neat sequences but they were scattered around or build up by endless home-video footage. Very little actually happens here and what plot there is is…
Makes some smart choices, particularly in regards to staging and pacing, but it's one of those movies that feels more effective than enjoyable. And as well-crafted as it is, I wish the filmmakers had been craftier in devising the story, which starts out promisingly minimalistic but turns into disappointing standard horror stuff.
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List made from the book 1001 Movies You Must See Before You Die. This list just from the 2014 edition,…