Film Reviews, Short Review

Paranormal Activity (2007)

2/4

To an extent, I admire Paranormal Activity; it’s one of the more convincingly-done and formally interesting found footage horrors of the 21st century. By fixing most of its scares into one dimly-lit point-of-view, it forces viewers to actively scan the screen for information and answers, and the normality and naturalism of its two unknown actors works to its advantage, especially as the film’s verisimilitude is meant to be its strongest selling point. Of course, the real litmus test is whether Paranormal Activity is scary or not. For me, it mostly isn’t: outside of a couple of creepy moments, it’s hardly capable of keeping me up at night. There’s worse out there, most of it cheap(er) imitations of this, Paranormal Activity is still relatively boring horror.

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