Sunday, May 9, 2010

Paranormal Activity (2007)

Links: TVTropes, Wikipedia, IMDB (6.6).

Paranormal Activity, a horror movie on a shoestring budget, left me with mixed feelings.  On one hand, it was fairly watchable and a pretty decent execution of the concept (young couple with a camcorder in a haunted house).  On the other hand, the movie utterly failed to engage me: the plot was only driven forward by Micah holding the Idiot Ball, and it invokes almost every "haunted house" and "spooky séance" cliché out there.  The tension building is also excruciatingly slow; the movie could have been effectively done in half the running time.  Score: 2 stars out of 4.

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