Paranormal Activity
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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 a new home in San Diego, CA. Katie has an interest in the paranormal and believes that malevolent spirits have been following her since childhood, though Micah is not so easily convinced. However, after several nights of loud noises and strange happenings, Micah starts to agree with Katie that some sort of ghost may have followed them to the new home. After… More

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Rotten Tomatoes Score: 83%

Critic Reviews from Rotten Tomatoes

"The climax is deliciously scary, and Peli gets considerable mileage from the simple matter of lights inexplicably going on in another room."
‑ J. R. Jones, Chicago Reader
"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."
‑ Dana Stevens, Slate
"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."
‑ Will Leitch, Deadspin
"It'll take quite some time to recover before you can sleep soundly without wondering if you're really alone in the room."
‑ Perri Nemiroff,
"Paranormal Activity isn't an actor's film per se, but it wouldn't be as eerily effective without Featherston and Sloat's believable, lived in performances."
‑ Mark Pfeiffer, Reel Times: Reflections on Cinema
"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."
‑ Roger Ebert, Chicago Sun-Times
"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."
‑ Tirdad Derakhshani, Philadelphia Inquirer
"Fun as a communal experience in a crowded theater. Scary? Not that often."
‑ Roger Moore, Movie Nation
"A suburban couple mess with dark spirits in the effective low budget chiller."
‑ Matthew Pejkovic, Matt's Movie Reviews
"It's a good try."
‑ Walter Chaw, Film Freak Central
"It's this feeling of vulnerability that Peli's slow-burning supernatural chiller so effectively exploits, fashioning heart-stopping scares out of almost nothing."
‑ Nigel Floyd, Time Out
"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."
‑ Lou Lumenick, New York Post
"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."
‑ Simon Miraudo, Quickflix
"Oren Peli in his feature debut has a few jolts in store, and the natural performances of the cast and the aura of reality provided by the video format keep the tension high."
‑ Peter Keough, Boston Phoenix
"I'd rank being stuck in a big quiet house at night as one of life's most easily unnerving experiences, and this movie capitalizes on it."
‑ Jeffrey Chen, Window to the Movies
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