When the film “Paranormal Activity” first came out earlier in the year, the film became a huge success and it was a controversial film. It was being advertised and hyped as the “most scariest” horror film of all time. The film is about a young couple that moves into a home and discovers the home being haunted. So Micah, the boyfriend does some investigation to hunt for this ghost or a demon or maybe it could be a live human being trying to scare the shit out of them. You just never know which one it could be. The boyfriend, Micah, obsesssively tries to track down this ghost that he may thinks it would be by talking with it by an Ouijia Board and filming everything with a video camera. The ghost or this demon seems to be more interested in his girlfriend, Katie and not him. Micah would even film the couple while they’re sleeping in bed so they can videotape what the ghost is doing at night while they are asleep. Strange things happen in the house, like loud banging noises and the Oujia board moving by itself, all that ghostly stuff.
Throughout the film, you try to figure out if all this ghost stuff was supposed to be real in it. Like if Katie or Micah was faking it, fooling around with this ghost thing. The whole film was mysterious. The writer of the film did a great job keeping the film unpredictable, and that’s what horror films needs. Being unpredictable. Being scary, doesn’t always have to be about blood and guts, and naked women. Leave that to the teen slasher flicks. The film was trashed and hated on by critics and movie fans. I would have to say that they are all wrong. In defense of this movie, I would have to say this is a true horror film. Yes, it was actually very scary, the way horror should have been. The film had a very shocking ending, it even shocked me.
I want to say that I absolutely liked the film a lot. Why can’t horror films of today be like this? Films that are dark and creepy without murder and not being a popcorn flick? The film was shot very low budget, handheld camera type, the way it should be. The film was pretty realistic. I liked this film more than the, “Blare Witch Project” for many reasons. The “Blare Witch Project” was aweful, but “Paranormal Activity” was better.
This film, “P.A.” has all the things that the horror genre have been missing for many years!!! It kept you questioning. It kept you guessing, oh my god, what will happen now. Things like that. You keep thinking, what will happen to that couple. Will they live or will they die? It was very close to being an Edgar Allan Poe or an H.P. Lovecraft story. Something that Stephen King would have written too even.
As for the alternate ending of, “P.A.”, many people think the alternate ending was better and people say it would be a better movie if they used the alternate ending but I disagree. I’m glad the alternate ending wasn’t used, ’cause there is a reason they took it out and wouldn’t work. It wouldn’t make any sense if they used it. They had to keep it mysterious as possible. Things you have to ask yourself, was this Katie girl possesed? Or was she perfectly sane and was in a murderous rampage?
So for those who hate it, have to think about these things. I love films like “Quarantine”, “The Strangers” and “Paranormal Activity” ’cause they were true horror films that were very scary. We need more horror films like this. Forget the blood and guts, and the entertaining popcorn slashers, that’s not horror. This is. Maybe that’s why people hated, “P.A.” because they were used to seeing all the new mainstream horror films and they couldn’t get used to seeing something different.
The director and writer of this film, Oren Peli, is a genius. This will be a classic and essential film 20 years from now. I’m going to have to buy my own copy of the DVD and now I wished I’ve seen this in theater. If so many people hated it and said it was crap, maybe that was the whole point, trying to get people to be disturbed by it. Maybe it was the director’s intention to get people not to like it, if you know what I mean. If so many people didn’t like it, then he succeeded of making this a great movie.
This movie was wonderfully done. Loved it!