AquaMan2342 wrote:Every person I've talked to that watched the movie pre-major hype in the theater thought it was scary. Every person I've talked to that has seen it in the last month or so had the same reaction as Dan and jfg.
I think the problem with a movie like that is that it gained so much initial hype that people were really expecting to be scared silly. It's like getting your first shot; you daydream that the needle is going to break inside your arm and all hell is going to break loose but once it goes in and out you wonder why you were so scared in the first place. High expectations after the hype built up were sure to let a lot of people down.
JTWood on Wed Dec 30, 2009 at 11:19 am wrote: Paranormal Activity scared the living daylights out of me.
And I even told a co-worker that I was going to see it despite
the fact that I'd heard mostly bad things about it.
I think it's exactly what AD said. Dan said he wanted more hijinks. The script was purposely written to build suspense and terror in small, subtle increments, not with "Jason" style gore or fright. It wasn't supposed to be an in-your-face movie. It was supposed to nestle into your head and let you fill in the blanks in the most terrifying manner that you could imagine. As AD said, if you thought Blair Witch was good at building a feeling of dread, then you will get good and scared by Paranormal Activity.
But if you're looking for Saw VII, this movie will bore you to tears. Personally, I think movies like Saw, Halloween, & Nightmare on Elm Street are boring and trite. Movies like The Ring keep me from falling asleep later that night, because I can scare myself way better than anything a Hollywood director and make-up artist can conjure up.