Paranormal Activity

Paranormal Activity

I just finished watching Paranormal activity so here I am. This movie follows Katie (Katie Featherston) and Micah (Micah Sloat), who film their lives in order to catch a supernatural presence that appears to be haunting them. The demonic torment gets worse as the movie progresses, beginning with flickering lights and moving doors, and ending with a possessed Katie killing Micah. The most frustrating thing about this movie is the lack of communication between the pair. They never seem to be on the same page with anything and Micah’s blatant disregard for Katie’s wants and needs is infuriating. For example, when Katie felt unsafe and asked to invite the demonologist back to their house, Micah didn’t take him seriously and refused. Another clear example of this is when Katie specifically asked him not to use a Ouija board to contact the spirit and he did it anyway, without acknowledging how it would make her feel. Aside from the lack of respect he has for his significant other, the movie is kind of boring, especially in the beginning. The most interesting parts of this movie take place in the middle of the night, using the camera set up in their bedroom while they are, for the most part, sleeping. The backstory as to why or how Katie has been haunted by this presence since childhood is almost nonexistent, but explained much better in the third Paranormal Activity movie. I enjoyed that this movie was set up to seem like these were actual events that took place, and it fits well with the timeline of the second movie. As for the acting, Featherston and Sloat were less-than-average actors with no on-screen chemistry at all and as disappointing as that is, it is also expected based on their lack of experience and the low quality and budget of the film itself. The movie is fun to watch, in the sense that it is very easy to make fun of and ridicule.

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