A good horror film, from the times when the formula of watching lost video footage was still (kind of) fresh. It's not a bad idea at all, fits well the "haunted house" setting. Plenty of still and silent scenes which are genuinely tense and scary. Unfortunately, it slowly becomes a routine (noises, footsteps at night), the atmosphere takes a nosedive, becoming rather silly towards the end, not to mention the ending.
A clever, well written film boasting effective sound design and two enjoyably naturalistic performances from it's leads. These virtues do not, however, save it from being a rather underwhelming movie (although I acknowledge that it might have been considerably more effective in the cinema).
Okay, so it's not perfect. However, I've watched a hell of a lot of horror films - most of which were appalling - and this one genuinely scared me. The unhurried pace builds up some rather uncomfortable tension, and using only amateur camera footage does definitely add some interest. Worth a watch, and I'd recommend at least watching half an hour before (possibly) quitting. The male character is sort of jerk though.
:I watched this on pause, in the daylight :D, but then I'm totally lame with any horror. I even do that with Dr Who! Anyway, it scared me so in that way it did what it was supposed to. Acting wasn't as bad as some are making out although yes, he was a bit overly macho. Considering how little it was made for it built up quite an impressive atmosphere. Die-hard horror fanatics will scoff but I thought it was ok.
This film is awful, so awful.... I remember I watched this at the local cinema and was so bored. I felt it was like one of those bad/ fake 'You've been framed' videos (80's early 90's UK programme). I would advise anyone not to watch this as your time is worth so much more.
For me, this film takes the classic motif of the haunted house and gives it a bit of a modern take. Whereas there are moments that are genuinely scary, the film is perhaps more of a telling look at the breakdown of the relationship between the main characters. Using the concept of a demon or haunting as a way of showing a hidden distrust and paranoia that begins to affect their lives. A well made low budget horror.
Paranormal Activity is a terrible film with a pathetic male lead who we're not supposed to laugh our arses off at when he starts getting all macho at the 'ghost'. Mubi tells us that this kind of film is the 'in thing' in horror like that's supposed to be a good thing. I've seen scarier tea bags.
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.