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…
first in the franchise, still find it creepy.
In this brave new world of digital cameras and youtube we’ve been hearing people talk at length about the notion of amateurs making films in their backyards completely removed from “the system.” I’ve never really been a believer in the concept. Sure there have been a handful of very good micro-budget movies in the past few years but the chances of them really breaking out into the public at large seems to be about the same as they were before all this new technology when people like Robert Rodriguez, Kevin Smith, and Richard Linklater put out similarly budgeted movies to similar success. But, if there’s ever been a clear example of the new system working it’s got to be the…
Huge drop of in experience of watching this at a packed cinema with invested audience in 2007 while the style was relatively fresh, as opposed to 9 years later watching on the small screen. Rewatch value is minimal. Format is already tired and despite arguably being the originator, doesn't stand up.
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Very poor. Full of all the worst found-footage tropes (constantly talking about the camera, using the camera during completely pointless conversations, etc) and generally just a bit shit. The entire movie is just *BANG* "Oh shit, what was that?!!?". Literally. Just that over and over. Not even in a 'jump scare' way, just like a boring loud noise compendium. The whole movie had this hokey vibe that I couldn't shake and it all just felt so low rent to me. The dialogue & acting also varied from decent to unbelievably shite.
That being said I thought the way they used the bedroom night-time shot, with the door always open, was quite effective. I was always thinking OH FUCK WHATS GOING TO HAPPEN THROUGH THAT DOOR (nothing 95% of the time). Probably the only well executed idea in the whole movie.
Horror for the reality show generation.
I really didn't care for Paranormal Activity and as a big fan of The Blair Witch Project, I suppose I'll be expected to put extra effort into defending why this did so little for me.
While watching this, the resounding sentiment for me was total apathy. The viewing experience was about as unsettling as eating a bowl of cereal. Very mundane. It seemed to me like there wasn't much movie to invest in.
While Blair Witch set up a mythology behind its central figure and oscillated between its characters' increasing frustration/disorientation and the off-camera acts of some malevolent spirit, Paranormal Activity wavers between minimalist late night spookiness and a whole lot of uninteresting daytime…
My experience watching Paranormal Activity was surprisingly good. I felt involved, there was a nice sense of dread and mystery.
Once the film was over, I took 5 minutes to think about it, and I realised I had spent the last 2 hours watching 2 idiots sleeping and barking in a bedroom the whole time with the very rare random noise.
Am I being too exigent to expect a bit more from a film?
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Glad to find this still holds up, despite the terrible franchise it's turned into and the million copycats it's inspired.
Would probably be the best - and most effective, not to mention - found footage horror movie ever made if it weren't for the lackluster ending(s), which keep me from giving it 5 stars. The theatrical ending is a great climax, but it's ruined by a cheesey special effect in the last few seconds, and the alternate ending is just lazy and anticlimactic. It's such a shame because everything that comes before it, while not perfect, is pure atmospheric horror, suspense, almost unbearable tension, and a perfectly acted character drama about two people quite literally losing their minds at the…
Uber-low budget horror movie (reportedly made for $15k), about a young couple who film the supernatural goings-on in their home, shot a la “Blair Witch” style, with ‘found footage” detailing their efforts to record the escalating inexplicable activities in their house over the course of 20 some odd days and nights. Not for the gore and viscera horror crowd, this film builds up the suspense with bumps in the night, moving objects, and shadow, as the events recorded increase in intensity and intent (much like “Blair Witch“). Helmed by a first time director, this film is bare bones, low-tech, devoid of the usual Hollywood special effects budget, doesn’t deviate from formula much, yet at the same time, is very effective.…
A whole lot of nothing
a list that is trying to contain every horror film made that is not lost and is found on the…
Complete list. :-(