Paranormal Activity (2007)

Paranormal Activity (2007)

Certificate

15

Length

86 mins

Genre

Director

Rating

3/53/53/53/53/5

Paranormal Activity (2007) starring Katie Featherston, Micah Sloat

The Bed-Watch Project

Katie and Micah (Katie Featherston and Micah Sloat) are young and in love and in their first home together where Micah has a strange obsession to video everything from going to sleep to removing a spider. But it is on one of the bedroom recordings he notices something spooky and as the nights pass the spookiness increases as it comes to light that Katie is followed by some form of demon which has tormented her since childhood and is now reeking havoc on their lives.

I will be honest as a movie I didn't like "Paranormal Activity" and that comes from it being poorly written with characters which annoyed me. Now I know this is meant to be all the pseudo reality BS and we are meant to believe that the footage is real so we are not watching actors playing characters but they are simply unlikeable. The characters are not the only thing because again due to the style of the movie it has no story and comes across as little more than a series of night time videos of spooky behaviour whilst Micah annoys Katie during the day with his attempts to research what is going on.

But having said I didn't like "Paranormal Activity" I am impressed with what writer and director Oren Peli came up with on a budget which is less than some movies catering expenses. And the thing I am impressed with the most is not the hand held camera stuff, I disliked that as much as I disliked the characters. Nope Peli understands the power of the mind, the power of silence mixed with anticipation to have you on the edge of your seat waiting for something and then shocking you. It is where "Paranormal Activity" is superior to so many modern horrors movies because it has atmosphere and generate fear and brilliant for watching in a house on your own on a dark night.

What this all boils down to is that as a movie "Paranormal Activity" felt weak even for a low budget movie but at the same time it features some great horror thanks to the use of silence and surprise to create fear.