229th Movie Review: Paranormal Activity (2009)

It’s not among the scariest movies ever as far as others claim

It’s quite interesting how a movie that costs only $10,000 can earn more than $100M by making eerie noises, moving objects and playing with lights.

I have one simple rule regarding the paranormal: never mess with ghosts, even if you don’t believe in them. Just leave them alone and do what you always do. Watch movies like these instead of meddle with them in real life. So with that, I decided to give this movie a shot.

Katie Featherson has been haunted by a ghost since she was 8. The house she lived in burned down when she was young and even when she moves houses the ghost always follows her. When she decides to live with his boyfriend, Micah Sloat, Micah does what he can to figure out what’s going on, using video cameras and voice recorders to document everything happening during their slumber. Unfortunately, this only gave the ghost an opportunity to make their lives even more miserable.

I ain’t gonna tell you what happens in the end, as I believe you should be the one to decide if it was a great conclusion or if it was downright horrible. As for me, I laughed it off, because 20 seconds later the movie is ineffectively cut and you can’t even do anything about it other than wait for the sequel.

The introduction of the movie does little to keep you interested with the story early on, but as some disturbing things occur night after night after night, you actually end up wanting to know more about what’s going on. You’ll also get to know a little more about the two main characters, who used their real names for this movie.

In addition, the cast of 5 (6 if you count the ghost) makes them feel isolated from the rest of the world. The only trace of outside life you can find is during the opening when Katie parked her car on the garage. Director Oren Peli made the most of what available resources he had, but it’s evident that the film had some budgetary problems.

Nothing goes on 50% of the time. It takes quite a little while before something goes on. And the movie doesn’t even reach 90 minutes. It’s not draggy but it makes you a little irritated rather than build up the hype.

I expected more. For a movie which critics claim is one of the scariest movies ever, I’m left disappointed as the only thing I got from this is anticipation and curiosity, not fear. But hey, maybe if I was alone in the house watching this at night I would’ve been scared. Heck, I could’ve peed in my pants if I saw this in the big screen instead. Unfortunately, what’s done is done.

GRADE: C

I agreed with the minority

External Ratings:

Rotten Tomatoes: 82% Fresh, 7.0/10 Rating

Internet Movie Database: 6.6/10 User Rating

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