Paranormal Activity is a 2007 American supernatural found-footage horror film co-produced, written, and directed by Oren Peli. It centers on a young couple who are haunted by a supernatural presence in their home. They then set up a camera to document what is haunting them.
Soon after moving into a suburban tract home, Katie (Katie Featherston) and Micah (Micah Sloat) become increasingly disturbed by what appears to be a supernatural presence. Hoping to capture evidence of it on film, they set up video cameras in the house but are not prepared for the terrifying events that follow.
- Most of the film consists of the couple talking and then sleeping, which is very weak.
- The film uses cheap horror elements typical of corny horror material which scariness is very questionable:
- There are doors creaking and slamming seemingly by themselves.
- Jumpscares coming out of doors, which are a very cheap way to scare the viewer given how the scare really works just on the element of surprise rather than being genuinely scary by itself.
- Footsteps and other noises.
- It barely qualifies as a film at all. In fact, the film feels like a viral YouTube video or a really bad direct-to-video movie rather than a theatrical film, mainly because of the extremely poor cinematography.
- Poor acting, with Katie's fear being non-existent.
- The main theme of the movie is the "fear of the dark"; this is a very unoriginal and overused cliché, which is too simple to be used in a movie supposed to be a mainstream horror film.
- The film has almost no suspense or scares.
- Flat characterization for the protagonists:
- Katie constantly whines a lot about Micah.
- Micah only constantly yells at the presence telling it he's going to fight it. He also constantly goes against Katie's wishes without a proper reason, such as putting powder on the floor bringing in an Ouija board into the house, even though Katie said no.
- Every night scene is sped up and only slows down during every paranormal action, effectively killing the suspense.
- The psychic only tries to force the idea that the ghost is a demon without any evidence or thought.
- The scene where Katie gets dragged out of bed is more hilarious than scary.
- It spawned bad sequels, especially the upcoming seventh film.
- It popularized the found-footage horror type in a bad way, which became a very overused genre in the 2010s.
- The idea of a husband and wife trying to catch footage of a ghost was a great concept, but executed badly on screen.
- Making a movie about a demon in a husband and wife’s house is very insane and scary.
- The movie about a demons and ghosts inside a house is very interesting. Even director Jordan Peele praised that aspect of the film.
- The jumpscares in this film are very scary and well-done.
- The movie while not getting to the Jumpscares, can relaxed viewers that they do not want jumpscares while watching the film.
- The Ending is very scary and a good way to end the film.
Despite receiving positive reviews from critics with an 83% on Rotten Tomatoes, the film received a mixed response from audiences. On IMDB, it has a score of 6.3/10. Nowadays, people have taken a dislike of the film. The film was a massive box office success, grossing $193 million against an $11,000 budget and became the most profitable film of all time.
- The film was banned in Malaysia due to horror and supernatural themes.