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Thursday, November 12, 2009

[8.25/10] Paranormal Activity (2009)

Paranormal Activity (2009)

First and foremost, the movie is great for what it is - a low-budget, scary, mysterious flick for those nights where you want to experience some creepy moments. To get the most out of it, draw the curtains, light some candles, cuddle under a blanket and enjoy the dramatic development of the two main characters: a lovable, young couple you can actually relate to. "Paranormal Activity" succeeds mainly because of the mood filmmaker Oren Peli creates. We are given a nice back story for these characters and we feel for them. It's almost like watching a home movie. This realistic effect enhances the supernatural aspect of the story, making every bump in the night and strange occurrence that much more believable. The film also has a real authenticity feel to it, especially the exchange between with actors Katie Featherston and Micah Sloat, whom both pull off very fine and realistic performances. There is no music in the film, one thing that most good horror films don't use. Silence is the ultimate suspense enhancer. If you can cut the sound, make your audience lean in a little, and then blow them away with a scare, you have won them over. The triumph of "Paranormal Activity" is in the fact that it was made for so little, but has the ability to terrify so many. It works on so many levels that its few faults are more than easily redeemed. The film is short enough to not overstay its welcome, and scary enough to make even the most hardened film-goer wince in fear!

  • My Rating: 8.25/10
  • Rotten Tomatoes: 84% (7.2/10)
  • IMDb: 7.2/10

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