So a friend of mine said she was too scared to go watch Paranormal Activity alone and wanted me to crash at hers after, I couldn’t say no. I heard about all the raving reviews and thought I might as well check out the hype behind this horror film. Some of you may not want to click the read more button as there will be spoilers ahead.
One thing ya’ll should know about me is that I’m the kid that hated horror films since watching Nightmare on Elm Street at a very young age. I’ve only ever watched 2 horror films at the cinema before this one, one being Friday the 13th which was very average and the other was Drag me to Hell which without a doubt was a comedy.
Straight away I knew I was in for a headache with the Blair-witch style first person camera filming but I got used to it after 10 or so minutes. The first half of the film was rather boring, it seemed like an amateur reality TV show with the dude following his girlfriend’s bootay around the house. Just like many horror films, it was like that for a reason; slow build-up create more suspense till it climaxes at the end of the film.
One could say the ‘scary parts’ of the film where when the couple recorded themselves sleeping and weird things would occur like the doors slamming/opening by itself, ghostly whispers, shadows lurking and ouija boards burning in flames! The way it has been filmed makes the film seem much more real and half of the peeps i went with kept saying its based on a true story. Hell no! there is no way a woman gets dragged out of bed by an invisible force, it’s just not possible. I found the lead actress’s character rather annoying; it seemed like she was on a period for the whole film and her boyfriend was just as stupid for trying to fight a demonic ghost using his bare hands. twat. If that were me, I’d have probably got a baseball bat and sent it back to hell.
The ending was the best part of the whole film, the suspense in the last few scene was nuts. The woman standing up and staring at her boyfriend sleep for 2 hours was effed up, imagine waking up to you’re girlfriend standing up and staring at you smiling like paedophile. Best part was the scene after this when the camera was left behind and all you hear is hysterical screaming and someone coming up the stairs through the shadows. BAM! the dude’s lifeless body flies onto the camera, everyone in the cinema jumped including myself.
It is such a low budget film ($15,000, that’s probably same cost as Robert Pattinson’s eye make-up in Twilight). It wasn’t at all scary till the last scene but hey how many films are actually scary these days? The last one that properly shook me up was Ju-On, the original Japanese version of the Grudge. Overall I’d give Paranormal Activity 6.5/10.