Paranormal Activity

Paranormal Activity

DVD - 2009
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Katie and Micah are a young middle class couple who are engaged to be married. After moving into a suburban 'starter' house in San Diego, California, they begin hearing noises while trying to sleep. Not knowing if the presence is demonic or not, they attempt communicating through a Ouija board, angering the spirit further. Now they may never sleep again, or they may never wake up!
Publisher: [California] : DreamWorks Pictures, 2009, p2007
Edition: Widescreen
ISBN: 9781415753392
Characteristics: 1 videodisc (86 min.) : sd., col. ; 4 3/4 in


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Jun 18, 2020

Nothing really scary about this film I mean it does not get really scary till the end. It sort of a boring movie I like the sequels better.

Apr 08, 2020

This movie is really scary if you watch it in the middle of the night in complete darkness, extra points if you have earbuds in so you can't hear anything but the movie which makes you extra paranoid. Otherwise, it's pretty meh as far as horror movies go. It's not terrible, it's not great. It doesn't bring anything new to the genre, it doesn't take any risks or push any boundaries.

Dec 27, 2019

This horror movie is truly different and can give you a scare in more ways than one. I give rate it five out of five stars. The style of camera work will bring the viewer into a home video that turns very wrong very quick. This style of horror is uncommon especially in recent years as it is not what we see that provides the fear, it is what we don't see and the element of surprise that will really make you jump up. The story is also just really good with how it connects all the dots and creates a whole new world, if you do like the first film and do choose to watch the rest of them. Although there is no monster or killer like in some stereotypical horror films, it still gives one heck of a scare. The use of sounds and screams and sounds from complete quiet will leave you shaking with how surprising it is. If you are a fan of horror movies this is one like no other and will forever change the way you look and empty room. Paranormal Activity is a great movie and is highly recommended if you do not easily get nightmares.
@HonestE of the Teen Review Board at the Hamilton Public Library

Paranormal activity I give this movie a 2 out of five. I gave this movie 2 out of five because the one thing I did like was that was they was it was filmed. I loved how it was filmed like a home movie and I liked the movie because of the originality. You don’t really see many movies filmed like that. As a lot of people love this movie, I don’t really like this movie. I you don’t see the demon or monster that is trying to get them. How am I supposed to believe that this is based of true events, when they have so many cameras yet not one of the catch the monster on camera. I honestly don’t believe and horror movies that say they are based off “true stories”. I find that cliché, I feel like now all horror movies are based off true stories, and the I figure out that it wasn’t at all. But aside from that thin movie was really confusing as well, there are questions that I need answers to. Paranormal activity is supposed to be scary it didn’t seem to me that it was. Yes, it was creepy but scary nope, but again this movie is a classic when it comes to horror movies. I don’t recommend this movie to anyone.
@IceCream of the Teen Review Board at the Hamilton Public Library

Oct 19, 2019

Funniest movie I’ve seen in years. Hilarious, 100 laughs a minute, jokes never get old! A++++

Aug 24, 2019



Overall, a really scary movie that leaves you in doubt about what happens in your sleep!



Jun 16, 2019

I cannot ever forgive this film for its complete deception when it came to its false marketing hype and its wasting 90 minutes of my time.

"Paranormal Activity" was so horrendously lousy that it actually made "The Blair Witch Project" look worthy of an Oscar by comparison. The now-stale, hand-held camera concept used for effect in this film didn't work to its advantage at all.

The way that I see it - When you seriously consider that this supposedly demonic entity (that was present in the story) had actually been stalking Katie for 15 years (That's right - 15 years!) before it finally sprang into action - Well, that, alone, easily rendered "Paranormal Activity" as being one of the lamest and most ridiculously retarded horror movies ever produced.

JCLMattC Oct 15, 2018

The best way to enjoy the movie is with as many people as possible. I saw it in a packed theater and, during the night vision scenes, you could hear a pin drop. Everyone was breathlessly waiting for the next scare. Watching it by yourself is kind of pointless.

Jan 22, 2018

Decent horror flick that will make you jump in spots.

Jan 31, 2015

Combines the choppy verité style of "Blair Witch" with the non-Disney elements of "Poltergeist". Director Peli frames his shots just right and then ratchets up the suspense until you squirm. The nighttime scenes especially had my skin crawling; who knew that looking at nothing could be so frightening? Unfortunately the actors are not quite up to the task especially with a script consisting mainly of bad improv and running up and down staircases. There are too many illogical plot devices (“Gee, something demonic is running amok so let’s keep the lights off as we film the apartment and then go back to bed…”) and a cheap Exorcist rip-off towards the end left me groaning. This type of horror is best played out in the audience’s imagination where subtlety is the key; by bombarding the screen with exaggerated visuals Peli ends his film with the diabolical equivalent of a car chase. When it works it leaves you covered with goosebumps, but when it doesn’t the whole production goes down like a flaming Ouija board.

Jan 19, 2015

Not that bad, not that great either. Creates a spooky atmosphere with a micro budget, but ultimately I think the minimalist nature of the movie let me down. Nothing really happens. Not even a glimpse of the demon.

I finally got around to watching it to see what all the hype was about. Wasn't anything special, I've seen much better horror movies.

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Jul 20, 2015

sava thinks this title is suitable for between the ages of 9 and 10

Jul 01, 2010

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Jul 01, 2010

Coarse Language: A smattering of profanity; not too much compared to many other, more mainstream, films such as GoodFellas.


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Jan 22, 2018

Micah: [discussing demons] Basically, they're these malevolent evil spirits that only exist to cause pain and commit evil for their own amusement. It's pretty creepy- I mean, they stalk people for years, like decades, and sometimes they're really intelligent in the way they do things to freak you out.


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