Paranormal Activity

Paranormal Activity

Paranormal Activity

From first time director Oren Peli, found footage horror Paranormal Activity tracks the story of a young couple who move into what seems like a typical suburban house until they become increasingly disturbed by a presence they experience in the middle of the night.

In the style of The Blair Witch Project, all of the low budget handi-cam footage is presented as if it had been discovered after the fact, shot by the couple as they experience these strange happenings. Shot on a miniscule budget of $15,000, Paranormal Activity went on to gross $193 million worldwide, and inspired equally successful sequels. To date the four films in the series, made for just over $13 million altogether, have earned $714 million.

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almost vomited

from camera shake -had to close my eyes. Tedious overall - a good idea, well executed but far too drawn out.

1.0

rubbish

i wasted my time. movie is not scary at all.. just boring and quite stupid

1.0

The best!!

This movie is the best horror ever! its totally worth going to see! its great when you have your boyfriend with you to cuddle!!

5.0

Good Movie

Paranormal Activity is a cool movie but not that scary. Of course I don't believe in ghosts and didn't go to be scared. I went to enjoy it and have my own opinion, yet most of the audience was probably going for a pretty good scare and it sounded to me like they got one. So for me it wasn't scary but i still thought it was a very good film.

4.0

Review

disappointed

I found myself so worked up for this movie, as many people had said theyd gotten frights etc, however on walking out of the cinema i felt disappointed...there was a few bits i felt could have been changed i.e the footprints - but in the end for what it was i guess it was ok...i didnt get one fright??

3.0

Review

5.0

Crap

Saw this at Manukau. They had the movie goers stand to one side of the theatre entrance to create some hype for the movie. When we were allowed into the theatre it wasn't nowhere half full. The sceaming girls behind us were "planted" for added effects. DON'T WASTE YOUR TIME OR MONEY.

Waste of money & time

I love horror movies. This was a waste of my time & money. If you have seen the trailer you have seen the the sacriest part of the movie. The rest of the time was waiting for the movie to actually do something sacrry.. It was sacrier waiting for the popcorn to pop at the counter!!!!

1.0

Don't Do It

This is the worst movie I have ever seen in my whole life. Come on, how stupid do you think we are? It wasn't even realistic. My partner fell asleep! I can't give it a rating because you don't have a 'minus' on the scale.

Variety

Variety

press

Paranormal succeeds in staying unnervingly "real."

Time Magazine

Time Magazine

press

Beyond the viral ingenuity of the marketing, what's cool about PA is that it's not just a fun thrill ride; it's an instructive artistic experience. A horror-movie revisionist, Peli follows a less-is-more strategy.

Rolling Stone

Rolling Stone

press

With a $15,000 budget too puny to empty a petty-cash drawer, the no-frills Paranormal Activity comes packed with thrills.

Roger Ebert

Roger Ebert

press

An ingenious little horror film, so well made it's truly scary.

Los Angeles Times

Los Angeles Times

press

Peli works at mining the unknown, the unknowable, like a minimalist, using small moments and virtually no special effects exceedingly well.

Hollywood Reporter

Hollywood Reporter

press

Paranormal" ultimately does deliver in a way that "Blair Witch" never did, but its achingly slow buildup is a test not just of an audience's patience but the power of hype surrounding the latest alternative scary movie.

Variety

Variety

press

Paranormal succeeds in staying unnervingly "real."

Time Magazine

Time Magazine

press

Beyond the viral ingenuity of the marketing, what's cool about PA is that it's not just a fun thrill ride; it's an instructive artistic experience. A horror-movie revisionist, Peli follows a less-is-more strategy.

Rolling Stone

Rolling Stone

press

With a $15,000 budget too puny to empty a petty-cash drawer, the no-frills Paranormal Activity comes packed with thrills.

Roger Ebert

Roger Ebert

press

An ingenious little horror film, so well made it's truly scary.

Los Angeles Times

Los Angeles Times

press

Peli works at mining the unknown, the unknowable, like a minimalist, using small moments and virtually no special effects exceedingly well.

Hollywood Reporter

Hollywood Reporter

press

Paranormal" ultimately does deliver in a way that "Blair Witch" never did, but its achingly slow buildup is a test not just of an audience's patience but the power of hype surrounding the latest alternative scary movie.

almost vomited

from camera shake -had to close my eyes. Tedious overall - a good idea, well executed but far too drawn out.

1.0

rubbish

i wasted my time. movie is not scary at all.. just boring and quite stupid

1.0

The best!!

This movie is the best horror ever! its totally worth going to see! its great when you have your boyfriend with you to cuddle!!

5.0

Good Movie

Paranormal Activity is a cool movie but not that scary. Of course I don't believe in ghosts and didn't go to be scared. I went to enjoy it and have my own opinion, yet most of the audience was probably going for a pretty good scare and it sounded to me like they got one. So for me it wasn't scary but i still thought it was a very good film.

4.0

Review

disappointed

I found myself so worked up for this movie, as many people had said theyd gotten frights etc, however on walking out of the cinema i felt disappointed...there was a few bits i felt could have been changed i.e the footprints - but in the end for what it was i guess it was ok...i didnt get one fright??

3.0

Review

5.0

Crap

Saw this at Manukau. They had the movie goers stand to one side of the theatre entrance to create some hype for the movie. When we were allowed into the theatre it wasn't nowhere half full. The sceaming girls behind us were "planted" for added effects. DON'T WASTE YOUR TIME OR MONEY.

Waste of money & time

I love horror movies. This was a waste of my time & money. If you have seen the trailer you have seen the the sacriest part of the movie. The rest of the time was waiting for the movie to actually do something sacrry.. It was sacrier waiting for the popcorn to pop at the counter!!!!

1.0

Don't Do It

This is the worst movie I have ever seen in my whole life. Come on, how stupid do you think we are? It wasn't even realistic. My partner fell asleep! I can't give it a rating because you don't have a 'minus' on the scale.