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.
Why It Sucks
- 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.
The Only Redeeming Quality
- The idea of a husband and wife trying to catch footage of a ghost was a great concept, but sadly was poorly executed.
Despite receiving positive reviews from critics with an 83% on Rotten Tomatoes, the film received a mixed response from audiences. 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.