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Paranormal Activity (Two-Disc Edition) [Blu-ray]
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I saw the film today, having read enough reviews to know pretty much what to expect. But before I reveal my own reaction to Paranormal Activity, I would like to offer a few ideas that those who know little about this film may find helpful.
Alfred Hitchcock, the celebrated director who was known as "The Master of Suspense" held many interesting theories about what frightens an audience. Hitchcock believed that, when properly stimulated, the viewer's imagination was far more powerful - and far scarier - than many direct images that may or may not frighten the average viewer. Directly depicting a ghost, a monster or a demon for example, even with today's special effects, may scare many viewers, but that will depend solely on the quality of the effects. And even if well done, many viewers may find the images unconvincing or downright laughable, for they may have other ideas about what a ghost, monster or demon should look like.
However, if the filmmaker merely implies that a supernatural event is taking place, and sets up the situation with enough skill, the viewer's imagination can take over and sometimes yield a far more frightening experience than any vivid imagery ever will.Read more ›
While I enjoyed the movie, the extras were simply non-existant. The only extra was an alternate ending. This film could have used a commentary as the story behind the film is exceptional. The director used his own home for the film, the actors were paid only $500, one of the actors was actually the cameraman, and the film is one of the most profitable films of all time. It would have been interesting to hear how the director came up with the idea, what led him to utilize the found footage premise, and how the minimal special effects were done.
I recommend that anyone interested in scary movies watch this - it's better at night curled up in bed, since most of the action takes place late at night in the couple's bedroom - but it is not a must own since there are no extras to make it a worthwhile purchase.
STARRING: Katie Featherston, Micah Sloat and Mark Fredrichs
WRITTEN BY: Oren Peli
DIRECTED BY: Oren Peli
Release Date: 16 October 2009
Several movie advertisements have used this line for years and I have never found it to be even remotely true until now; so I'm going to use it: Paranormal Activity is the scariest film since The Exorcist. There, I've finally been able to use it!
Now that I have your attention, let me save half of you the three minutes that it will take you to finish reading this review and the roughly 90 it'll save you from actually watching the film. If you hated The Blair Witch Project because you thought it was stupid, then you will inevitably despise this film as well. There. See how nice of a guy I am? Now you can spend those 90 minutes doing something you enjoy.
For those of you still reading, I will take it that you appreciated the brilliant and unique style of The Blair Witch Project, as did I. You will most likely love this film as well.
The Blair Witch Project clearly inspired this film, as it has others and was a slightly better film. But Paranormal Activity is easily 10 times more frightening.
I'm told its entire budget was just 15 thousand dollars and it has already grossed over 100 million dollars at the box office.
NO; regardless of what you have heard, the film is not real. Neither was The Blair Witch Project or Quarantine or The Fourth Kind.
The film looks and feels real though, and that's why it's so terrifying. We are lead to believe that it is `found footage' by the police and that for whatever reason, they are allowing it to be released in theaters nation-wide.Read more ›
Most Recent Customer Reviews
For when it came out and the content it was ok, but only the first time around. Not a movie you'd watch again and again though.Published 11 days ago by Tempest Wolf
I don't understand what all the hype was about. It has all of the usual jump scares.Published 17 days ago by Ardala
I'm so stupidly obsessed with these dumb movies. I will watch them over and over. I want to get a dog and name it Mica so I can yell at it like this chick in the movie yells his... Read morePublished 1 month ago by Amy Ruth
If your looking for a good scary movie this is for you. I'm a huge horror movie buff but a lot of movies these days just don't cut it, but the Paranormal Activity series are really... Read morePublished 2 months ago by Justin
A fresh take on what was still a fairly new genre after The Blair Witch Project. This is fairly standard fare for the horror genre, but is well done, and holds the suspension of... Read morePublished 2 months ago by Meg
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|Question about ending... confused||
I didnt like the theatrical ending, but at least it allows for more sequels (the hollywood way)
The original ending is the scariest, imo (talking about the lights in the back room) and the most logical.
The theatrical ending was just a lil too 'hollywood' (lil girl throwing an adult male across... Read More
Oct 25, 2011 by Shrapnel the Indoctrinated | See all 7 posts
The one I got only had two. I was under the impression that the blu-ray would have everything on it. Wrong. Not happy.
Jan 24, 2010 by Sean F. Strahon | See all 3 posts
|Where's the unrated version?||
the one with the alternate ending IS the unrated version since that ending never made it to the theaters so you do have 2 versions one with the theatrical ending and one with the alternate
Jan 4, 2010 by William J. Robinson | See all 7 posts
|And what about the packaging?||
it comes in a box cardboard box that opens at the top the shirt is size large and is limited to 5,000 and the film cell is on a collector card if you hold it up to the light...you can see the cell and it comes with the dvd of the movie...if your a big fan i say get it while you can..if not...just... Read More
Jan 6, 2010 by William J. Robinson | See all 3 posts
|Fans names in Credits||
was wondering the same thing. I will wait for a response before I order anything
Nov 24, 2009 by Agnes Wilson | See all 3 posts
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