Paranormal Activity movie review - Aussieboyreviews


This terrifying supernatural horror film focused on paranormal encounters is too scary for kids, but lacks strong violence. Some will be disappointed, but Paranormal Activity is moving and horrifying.


After moving into a new suburban home, a young couple install cameras around their house to capture the supernatural occurrences when feel the presence of paranormal forces.

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Movie details

Director: Oren Peli
Cast: Katie Featherston, Micah Sloat, Mark Fredrichs
Writer: Oren Peli
Release Date (Australia): 3 December 2009
Runtime: 86 minutes/1h 26m
Genre: Horror, Mystery, Thriller
Country: USA
Language: English


Themes (M)

The film features supernatural themes including scenes depicting people being attacked by supernatural forces and possessed by demons.

Violence (PG)

The film contains brief depictions of blood detail as a result of implied injuries.

Coarse Language (M)

The film features use of the word “f**k”.

Sex (PG)

The film contains verbal sexual references to “stripteasing” and implied sexual activity.

mpaa rating

R (for language)

Aussie boy's thoughts

Especially for a supernatural horror film with such a low budget, this movie’s foreseeable paranormal activities and demonic encounters are still bone-chillingly terrifying. Paranormal Activity is just as smart, scary and effective as The Blair Witch Project whilst it uses a similar filming and storytelling technique. There’s a brilliant cast involving staggering performances from Katie Featherston and Micah Sloat, in which the film focuses slightly on their love life, but forwards straight into the terror.

Alike most mature-rated supernatural horror movies, you can expect multiple paranormal encounters and loads of coarse language, but there’s a surprising lack of the unnecessary violence we see in today’s horror movies. Just like The Blair Witch Project, it’s proof that films can be downright horrifying and guaranteed to leave you with nightmares at the same time as dodging explicit gore.

Talking about Paranormal Activity’s source of terror, you can expect camera-vision sightings of unseen forces messing with the house’s property and predictable but horrifyingly effective jump-scares. The whole story is told through a camera’s point of view, and the daytime sequences that relieve from the terror are also pretty moving, but there’s awfully scary moments involving screaming and nightmarishly creepy images.

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