I'm never a fan of horror movies but I do get to see one once in a while, just never alone. The other night I got to watch Paranormal Activity and yes I gave in because of all the hype. What I heard was it was filmed much like in the way The Blair Witch Project was made and that film scared me, so I was pretty excited to watch this one. I watched the teaser the other night and I am shamefully admitting that I couldn't sleep with the lights off. Hahaha (so much for that.)
Paranormal Activity was about a couple who were experiencing strange unexplained activities in their house and decided to document it. They consulted an expert psychic and found out that Katie was haunted vehemently by a demon or a spirit since she was a child. They couldn't leave the house because it just follows her everywhere. So they were pretty much left with the problem on how to exorcise the demon themselves.
Well, I was left a little bit disappointed after watching the movie (and even after watching the alternate ending). Yes the hype made me expect too much. Although it did provide some good scares but none lingered. I have to give a hands down though because all the publicity made the movie such a hit everywhere. Why was I disappointed? Well I noticed too much tiny details that disillusioned me from being wholly scared. I noted several discrepancies with the night counts, the video clock and some from the conversations. I also noticed too much how they were over-acting some scenes especially the one where they were arguing. Mica's fake brave voice when he's taunting the demon also threw me off. They made good use of sound effects though. Timed just good enough to get our hearts racing.
Yes the movie had 2 endings. One was the original one and the other was the alternate that they've dubbed the "theatrical" ending. I think I like the original ending better though, the theatrical ending was too predictable for me.
They've started an online petition for the movie to be shown worldwide. You can cast a vote or check out the stats here.