A young couple move into a regular suburban home in San Diego. They become increasingly bothered by a demonic presence in the house. Mostly active in the middle of the night, they decide to film events as they unfold.
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Comedy and horror's value has a core litmus test beyond its artistic canon. Cynics will lambast Anchorman and Paranormal Activity due their innate artlessness, but that is to negate their core purpose. Both achieve their desired effects as audiences are compelled by the devices at play, and these conceptual instigators should be commended as such. The found footage premise (whilst derivative) is effectively applied.
God knows how this silly, low-budget mess became such an enormous hit. The cinematic equivalent of those Youtube videos where you watch something monotonous for a couple minutes then a loud noise makes you jump - only it goes on and on and on (any tension there could have been is snuffed out by annoying, unconvincing characters), leading up to a to completely ridiculous, laughable ending. A boring, cheesy dud.
This worked for me. And what I mean is that it scared me. The last movie that did the job was The Ring (enough for me to be afraid to take a peek at Ringu, which I haven't done yet). Isn't this what is suposed to happen? I liked it so much that I fear going through the rest of the franchise, and be disapointed. Oh, and I saw it in my room, which really made it scary. Try it. 90% of it is in a room. Still, and tense.
The demon or ghost terrorizing of the two leads were very creepy. I like the fact that the film does not rely on cheap scares to scare you and the plot is very interesting. But, *SPOILER* ONE- why don't they turn the light in every room when they pass as they explore the room? TWO- they find footsteps on the floor, filmed it but didn't call the police? THIRD- why didn't they close their bedroom door at all at night?
A huge, huge disappointment. One (1!) scare throughout the whole thing. I don't question the craft, but I do the idea: it's BWP and [Rec] mixed together... with a cheap, clever marketing stunt thrown in. Fuck, high expectations are a bitch! :(
What the hell was this? Talk about something that makes "Blair witch" worthy of an Oscar. "Poltergeist", "The others", the list goes on with movies much much better, dont waste your time or your money Also "Case 39" wow talk about an over casting on a really banal pointless bad movie geared to make childless people feel less guilty about hating the concept of parenthood. avoid this movie as well
silly...but it works, almost in the second part of it. Nothing new under the sun but when you stare at the couple in bed and at the door on the left you will become kind of hypnotized. And waiting what will be the next is the best part of the movie. Poor cinematography, yes, but for a one-shot creepy night is really good. Serve chilled, and drink it when you're alone with the lights off and the speakers on, and loud.