Tuesday, November 10, 2009

Paranormal Activity (2006)

The horror genre is one of the most versatile genres in Hollywood. It ranges from big budget slasher series with a name cast to minute budget flicks, made in a weekend with some friends.

Paranormal Activity falls somewhat into the last category. Made for a few thousand dollars and using mostly consumer equipment the film was screened at festivals before being picked up by Paramount and shelved for nearly 3 years whilst they tried to make up their mind what to do with it.

To say that it is a rip off of The Blair Witch Project is a little unfair, despite a number of similarities. The Blair Witch was superior in every way to this film. Paranormal Activity has only become popular due to its marketing campaign. The film is not original, it lacks any likable characters, and it drags out an otherwise simple story that is laughable at best.

Whilst it does have a few genuine creepy moments, for the most part I was more than a little disappointed.

I have not posted the trailer for this film for two reasons. Firstly, the trailer is the best thing about the film, secondly, it reveals far more than it should (at least as far as the theatrical version is concerned)

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