in about 100 words or less
USA 86m, Colour
Director: Oren Peli; Cast: Katie Featherston, Micah Sloat
Filmed with a video camera and on a $15,000 budget in seven days, Paranormal Activity is a brilliant horror movie that has near-perfect pacing which builds incredible anticipation and leads the film to a crescendo of excitement and a heart-stopping finish. Despite my very real expectation to be disappointed at some implausible character action, bad acting, or dumb plot movement, which so heavily marred the Blair Witch Project, my worst fears were never realized. In fact, Paranormal Activity only got better and more terrifying by the minute. While most horror movies intersperse the scariest moments in an effort to startle the audience, this film literally keeps the fear at a fever pitch for the last twenty minutes. There is little doubt that Paranormal Activity will come to be considered one of the finest horror films of all time (Klaus Ming November 2009).