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Showing posts from December 22, 2009

Paranormal Activity (2009) - Oren Peli

Paranormal Activity is a terrifying look at uber-realistic horror. The movie is filmed in a found footage style that suits the surrounding story and creates a 1 on 1 experience for the viewer. This is the staple for this franchise. Due to this more realistic approach in the horror genre, you have large pockets of downtime that allow the viewer to connect with the characters before being tossed to the ghosts again. It has been panned on several occasions for being too boring and bland. However, I really like the downtime and look at it as more of an opportunity for me to recharge my batteries before being terrorized again.
This movie is really smart and perfect for audiences in a dark theater. It really loses most of its luster when you bring it home. In the theater this movie can experiment with your senses. The crashes and bumps were some of the most intense and agitating sounds to hear while waiting for the next thing to jump out at you or creep you out. When you see it in the thea…