As it was Halloween yesterday, I figured it’d be fairly appropriate to give Paranormal Activity a go after it’s highly praised viral marketing campaign found it’s way to me. I’ve never been particularly scared of Horror films, usually because they betray the simple idea of what makes something scary.
There is no terror in the bang, only in the anticipation of it. – Alfred Hitchcock
So it is with Paranormal Activity, a very slow paced simple idea well executed, it’s shoddy camera work the lack of titles or credits, the natural inane dialogue it all works to make the experience all the more compelling.
I remember watching with both fondness and deep fear Strange But True with my older brother as a child, which I always found disturbing more so than some of the gore-filled-splatter-fests of late night television, which I’d sneak back downstairs to watch after my parents had gone to bed. It was the stories of the spirits, standing over the foot of the bed or the shadows that always terrified me most. Paranormal Activity captures that terror brilliantly.