Sunday, July 10, 2016

Paranormal Activity (2007)

Director: Oren Peli

Writer: Oren Peli

Starring: Katie Featherston, Micha Sloat, Mark Fredrichs, Amber Armstrong, Ashley Palmer, Crystal Cartwright, Spencer Marks, Randy McDowell, James Piper

More info: IMDb

Tagline: What Happens When You Sleep?

Plot: After moving into a suburban home, a couple becomes increasingly disturbed by a nightly demonic presence.

My rating: 6/10

Will I watch it again?  No.

Geez.  It took me long enough to get around to this and it played out about as I expected.  I liked that the found footage didn't have any crazy angles or shots that would betray how the shots could possible be made, taking you out of the reality of the film.  They got that right.  This is a great example of how to make a movie with very little money.  Is it scary?  Not for my seasoned eyes but it's the last twenty minutes that deliver 'the goods', however little there are.  Katie being dragged out of bed and out of the room by the entity was pretty damn cool as were the times she got out of bed and stood there for hours.  Those were nice moments. For my money some of the best bits had to do with only the sound like the heavy steps coming up the stairs.  I suppose the ending was fine if not too abrupt.  It's not good enough to endure the 4 sequels it spawned. The alternate endings sound infinitely better than the version I saw.  They both have Katie murder Micah, one with the police showing up days later and the other with Katie slitting her throat in front of the camera.  I would have preferred either of those and my score would have risen as would the possibility of seeing at least the first sequel. 

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