Although we already posted a review of Paranormal Activity here on ScreenCrave, we were invited to a later viewing and decided to give it another shot. This movie has been getting rave reviews by many critics, but does it really live up to all the hype? We obviously didn’t share the same opinions as our first reviewer, so we’re doing a redux on this one!
Check out our new review…
- Written, directed, and edited by: Oren Peli
- Producers: Oren Peli and Jason Blum
- Starring: Katie Featherston, Micah Sloat, Mark Fredrichs, Amber Armstrong and Ashley Palmer.
The film centers on a young couple, Katie Featherson and Micah Sloat, as they attempt to uncover the origin of the strange noises and movements within their house. Micah decides to invest in a camera to film their bedroom with the hope of capturing any night time activity that occurs while they asleep. The experiment not only proves that there’s paranormal activity in the house, but the revelation angers the haunting demon which raises the intensity of the disturbances to a whole other level.
- It Was Honestly Scary: This movie was scary as sh*t! The night scenes were incredibly creepy and it only got worse as the movie progressed. There are definitely a few scenes where you will scream, become fidgety, and extremely anxious for it to be over. Everybody in the theater was absolutely terrified, even the manliest of men screamed like little girls in this movie. Just a warning: You will leave the theater with a strange, upset, and uncomfortable feeling.
- A Few Funny Moments: Thank goodness there were a few humorous moments to break the ice, otherwise the whole thing would have been way too awkward. The humor was just enough to lower your pounding heart rate and allowed you to catch your breath for a few minutes until the next night scene.
- The Run Time: I agree with the other reviewer on this one, except it wasn’t because the movie was bad. Instead, it was because the tension was far too much to handle. It would have been really hard to get through this movie if it had been any longer.
- The Dumb Moments: There were a few scenes where they were obviously trying to explain what was going on, but it felt forced and dumbed down. They could have been a little more creative in explaining the fact that there was a demon in the house and how dangerous it was. The movie tries to portray this as an actual event, but there isn’t one person that would whip out a picture book on demons to figure out what’s going on in their house. That was a beyond unrealistic.
- The Boyfriend: Although the boyfriend did lend a few funny moments to the movie, his exaggerated machismo got a little annoying towards the end. It seemed like he had his head up his you-know-what and was trying to prove something. He went from being a fairly likable character, to downright irritating.
- The Ending: Yes, the final scene was scary but it seemed as though they ran out of ideas and started scraping the bottom of the barrel. It’s really lackluster and could have ended on a stronger note. I don’t want to give the final scene away, but there was one aspect of it that could have been utilized far more effectively had it been presented at another point in the film.
This movie did what it set out to do and did it well. It’s genuinely creepy and scary. You don’t see many horror films these days that don’t rely on gore or violence to scare their audience. One girl ran, actually bolted out of the theater because she was so terrified. Paranormal Activity is supposed to be scary and entertaining, and it did that a hell of a lot better than a lot of big budget movies we see today.
Scariness – 10/10
Overall – 6/10
Paranormal Activity is in a limited amount of theaters. Go to www.eventful.com/ParanormalActivity and Demand It to be in your town.
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