Movie Defense Force: Paranormal Activity

Vausch

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But Jim, Paranormal Activity 1 and 2 are good movies. 3 is one of those take or leave, some like some hate. 4...I can't like it. It had some unique ideas but the protagonists have reached too dumb to live territory.

Jump scares are fine if the atmosphere is built up. They're better if they don't have that loud shrieking music along with them, and that's where Paranormal Activity has a big advantage. It's when the only scare is jump scares that problems arise. Don't even get me started on the Pop-Tart in Silent Hill: Revelation.
 

ritchards

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PA1 is great, especially the original ending, which is actually trying to be subtle. The rest of them however...
 

tangoprime

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I wasn't aware that the first 2 needed defending? LIke Vausch said, 3 is take it or leave it, but me and my group of friends that went to see it left the theatre happy. Of course it was 1AM and we'd been drinking beforehand, and during- but it was definitely enjoyable.
 

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Jimothy Sterling said:
Paranormal Activity

Defending the Twilight of horror movies.

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The hidden footage / low budget handheld ones are my kind of bag too :)
What did you think of Quarantine? That would could probably use a Movie Defense Force mobilization.
 

shteev

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I thought Paranormal Activity was pretty well received and successful? All but one of the critical reviews on Metacritic are positive, for example...
 

Blunderboy

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Given your love of found footage films are you planing to defend Troll Hunter?
Does it need defending?
 

ShadowGandalf01

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I love Paranormal Activity too, though I was disappointed with #4. The story just didn't make sense in context to the others. I'm still interested to see what they do with Paranormal Activity 5 though. It's supposed to be out this coming January.
 

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Blunderboy said:
Given your love of found footage films are you planing to defend Troll Hunter?
Does it need defending?
There is nothing needs defending about Troll Hunter. That film was just glorious in every sense of the word.

What i hated about PA were the two characters. i Hated them so much. All i wanted was for them to die and the movie to be over.
 

JimB

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Paranormal Activity is an unpopular movie? Huh. I don't think I've ever heard anyone criticize it.
 

Goliath100

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Why did you not do Halloween 3 as your halloween episode Jimmy?
Blunderboy said:
Does [Troll Hunter] need defending?
No,it's debatable the best found-footage movie ever.
 

tiredinnuendo

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I think you may be defending against the wrong arguments here.

My complaint about PA as a franchise is that it's boring. It's not that the scares are "cheap" or what have you. It's just dull. The core of the issue seems to be that they're shooting it like an episode of Ghost Hunters which (while that show has never ever been scary either) mainly pulls its horror from the idea that this is really happening, but that doesn't work in PA because we know that this is a movie. Waiting through 20 minutes of pointless conversations between boring characters and watching them go to a barbecue and all that other stuff, just to wait through two full minutes of them sleeping in a dark room, all for the big payoff to be that THE DOOR SLIGHTLY OPENED BY ITSELF isn't even a jump scare. It isn't even really startling. It's just dull.

Can you imagine the theme park ride for paranormal activity? Where you like ride in a little car through a rich person's house and admire their cabinets and stuff and then kinda near the end there's like a knocking sound?

TERROR.

- J
 

Crazy Zaul

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Indeed, the original PA was popular with both critics and real people. It's pretty much the only found footage movie that isn't total shit. (except chronicle if that counts)
 

Kenjitsuka

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Agreed with you all along in this series, but not this time...
It was just too boring for me, sorry!

Only watched the first one, obviously, so no clue if the next ones make it more involved.
 

Vinterdraken

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I do agree that jump scares arent really cheap and a good jump scare takes alot of work and effort to pull of right. Although personally I dont really enjoy jump scares, so tend to avoid movies that reely heavily on them.
 

INeedAName

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Yeah, I don't think at the very least the first movie is in need of any defence. The general opinion seems to be that it was, if nothing else, a serviceable film.
 

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I still really enjoy the first Paranormal Activity movie but the fact that it's gotten the Saw treatment is what bugs me more than anything else, especially as it was the movie that unseated Saw at the box office in 2009.
 

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Does this movie really need a defense force? I thought it was quite popular in the first place. Now if you wanted to defend any of the sequels, be my guest.
 

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I'll just echo other sentiments: I'm pretty sure that the first PA was pretty well received. I know I found it legitimately unsettling (particularly with a good stereo system, as my laptop didn't pick up a lot of the subwoofer hum that comes during moments of tension).

Now, as to your assertion that the rest of the series isn't bad: BUNK, I say. They did the classic horror mistake of over-explaining everything. The thing that made PA1 so enthralling for me is that it's not explained what's going on and why the paranormal is picking on these people. The sense of helplessness is palpable throughout and really climaxes when the paranormal professor/medium shows up. In most movies, he'd be the guy with answers. He may be killed to emphasize a hopeless situation, but would reveal some crucial facts about the paranormal event in question. In PA1, he shows up, but only adds more tension, as he abandons the couple to the fate he dares not mention without so much as coming into the house. That was the real shining moment of the movie, IMO.

 

Jimothy Sterling

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Blunderboy said:
Given your love of found footage films are you planing to defend Troll Hunter?
Does it need defending?
No, that movie was positively recieved. 'Ironic appreciation' is not necessary.

I like the concept of the Paranormal Activity, and I forgive the flaws of the first film because of its extremely stripped down approach. However, if I view them with perspective, they strike me as lackluster haunted house rides. There's virtually nothing to keep you invested other than the occasional 'BOO!' Seriously, I've seen one of them in theaters, and it's fascinating! People talk during the entirety of the non-scary, and as soon as it gets creepy, they shut up. Then, something scary happens, they go 'AHHH,' and then they go right back to talking. It's ridiculous! Guys like Sam Raimi know how to keep you entertained enough so you actually care, and that's something the PA films kind of lack.