I was really excited to see this film, and secretly harbored big expectations. I was not disappointed in the least. For those of you who love low-budget, zero special effects movies that are bare-bones scary, Paranormal Activity comes very highly recommended. To be honest, I have never been so scared in a movie theater in all my life.
The movie starts out innocently enough, when the boyfriend purchases a high-end camera and follows his girl around with it. Soon, however, she becomes annoyed at the whole bit. Refusing to take ‘no’ for an answer, he eventually talks her into setting it up in the bedroom because she believes she is being followed by a spook of sorts.
Of course, the freaky insanity that ensues is beyond measure. I personally have a terrible weakness for two things: moving dead people, and horrible hauntings. Nothing else can scare the heck out of me more than those two subjects. Paranormal Activity fulfills the haunting requirement, and then some.
The movie has a total of four people starring in it, and two have bit roles. In my opinion, that is a stroke of pure genius. Also, the entire film “appears” to be shot from the boyfriend’s camera, so besides the location, lighting, and pay for the actors, this movie is pure profit. Paranormal Activity obeys the old maxim, “Keep It Simple, Stupid”.
The night scenes shot when the couple sleeps are absolutely stellar. Terrifying, in fact. Several times throughout the movie I realized I was not breathing. Paranormal Activity uses some pretty common things, such as standing and walking, and turns those activities into horrific nightmares. The movie definitely hit its mark.
My guess is that fans of the first Blair Witch Project will absolutely loveParanormal Activity, because the scenes are portrayed as real footage. There are no car chases or explosions, no floors opening up to swallow anything and everything, and no overly made-up zombies smashing through windows in search of brains (although there is nothing wrong with any of those).
Paranormal Activity is a must-see for those who are haunted by ideas more than on-scene activity. It leaves quite a bit to the imagination, which contributes to its genius. A definite flick to see on a first date if your goal is to end up close to each other. I simply cannot imagine not being scared by Paranormal Activity – it hits close to home for many of us.
So, for those of you who like a good old-fashioned and simple “freak-you-out” movie, Paranormal Activity delivers. I, for one, sincerely hope that the horror movie industry picks up on this trend and begins making simpler features that are meant to scare, not amuse. Because, friends and neighbors, this movie is scary.