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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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.
You'll either find this very scary or not scary at all...there seems to be NO in-between. Myself...it's pretty much freaked the crap out of me! It really got under my skin for some reason, not knowing at all what to expect and i'm a guy in my 30's that laughs at every single horror flick out there. I'd say that this film was something special. Well done
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.
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?