You’re entering spoiler country, folks.
I will forever root for the little guy. It will always warm my heart to see the underdog take the #1 spot at the box office. My heart swells at the success of Paranormal Activity. I’m just sad I didn’t like it.
I’m pretty sure most people know what this film is about. It’s a first person POV involving a couples documentation of the strange events in their home. BOOM! There’s your plot. I’m cool with minimalist plots. I was excited to see how they were going to turn this into a feature length film. And although the film didn’t drag, it was certainly repetitive.
The easiest way to go about this is to explain what I didn’t enjoy. This movie didn’t work for me because of the lack of tension. There were moments that had the potential to be amazing and truly unsettling. For example, the first time Katie gets out of bed and just stands, swaying slowly throughout the time elapsed footage. It was a great set up! She walks downstairs and eventually the BF goes to look for her. I was ready for an intense jump scare. I wanted him to walk downstairs and have the most fucked up thing imaginable happen. Where did he find Katie? Outside, on a swing. Sure she was acting out of it but that’s not scary! A perfect opportunity blown.
The film also got into a very obvious rhythm. Night time: they capture something on camera. Day time: they bicker and possibly swear and totally break the tension. Night time: a single event happens. Day: tension breaks. Lather rinse and repeat a dozen more times. This movie never pushed the envelope. It never took the time to utilize any of the atmosphere (I’m assuming) it was attempting to build.
Once the Ouija board caught fire I was done. It just did not work for me.
The ending made me feel the way I did after I saw the US version of The Descent. They aren’t similar in the slightest (other than the fact they both irritated me). I just didn’t appreciate being smashed over the head with the conclusion. OH EM GEE! She is the demon! Meh. The ending I have read details of seems so much more cohesive. I’m sure a different cut wouldn’t have saved this viewing experience for me as I wasn’t a fan of any part of this film.
In short, hate is a strong word. I am weary to seriously use it in regards to this film. But I didn’t like it. Not just because it didn’t scare me, but because it wasn’t a good movie. And hey, if you did like it, good for you.