Paranormal Activity
Paranormal Activity (2009)

A haunted house makes no secret of the fact it's not pleased with its new tenants in this independent tale of supernatural horror. Katie (Katie Featherson) and Micah (Micah Sloat) are a twentysomething couple who've just moved into… More

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Rated: R
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Release Date: December 29, 2009
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Critic Score
83%
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User Score
56%



Critic Score: 83% Rotten Tomatoes™ Critic Reviews

Consensus: Using its low-budget effects and mockumentary method to great result, Paranormal Activity turns a simple haunted house story into 90 minutes of relentless suspense.

J. R. Jones
Chicago Reader

The climax is deliciously scary, and Peli gets considerable mileage from the simple matter of lights inexplicably going on in another room.

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Dana Stevens
Slate

Though it never poses a question more abstract than "Where's that scratching sound coming from?" Paranormal Activity is all about spiritual and ethical debts coming due.

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Will Leitch
Deadspin

For extended sections, this movie is very scary. My frequent self-preserving glimpses away from the screen, just to catch my breath, can confirm that.

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Roger Ebert
Chicago Sun-Times

It illustrates one of my favorite points, that silence and waiting can be more entertaining than frantic fast-cutting and berserk f/x. For extended periods here, nothing at all is happening, and believe me, you won't be bored.

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Tirdad Derakhshani
Philadelphia Inquirer

Peli is to be congratulated for pulling off such an audacious project, but he needs a sharper sense of timing: The film's pacing is uneven, which weakens the suspense.

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Roger Moore
Movie Nation

Fun as a communal experience in a crowded theater. Scary? Not that often.

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Nigel Floyd
Time Out

It's this feeling of vulnerability that Peli's slow-burning supernatural chiller so effectively exploits, fashioning heart-stopping scares out of almost nothing.

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Lou Lumenick
New York Post

Like legendary producer Val Lewton in the '40s, director Oren Peli, who shot Paranormal in seven days in his own home, understands that what's most frightening is what you don't see but merely suggested.

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Simon Miraudo
Quickflix

Peli teases the audience expertly. Scenes remain silent and still; not for long, but long enough to make you sweat. The terror of anticipation and its abrupt release, particularly in the final scene, is exhilarating.

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Flixster Audience Score: 56% Flixster User Reviews
John Manard
Better than I expected but really I think im over this style of film.
xGary Xx
A young couple decide to film themselves at home in the hope that it will shed light on a series of unexplained incidents. Yet another dreary, pointless entry… More
Matt Goodman
Not a monumental piece of work, but it still delivers thrills and never bores. It's basically pop-out after pop-out. It's incredibly cool watching it… More
KJ Proulx
This is as terrifying as a movie going experience will ever get! Most of the film relies on suspense and holds out until the very end to really get your… More
Edward Boxler
Paranormal Activity is a prime example of how creativity can prevail through budget limitations; this movie is original and downright creepy.
Christian C
OMG! Why?! Are people really THAT stupid?

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