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Paranormal Asstivity
I really dislike this film.

What can I say about it? I'm mainly annoyed that people compare this tripe to the Blair Witch Project.

I think audiences nowadays want stupid obvious scares that jump out with lame scare chords and spooky dead-people faces with an escalating soundtrack. I'm sorry, but that doesn't work any more. I think anyone who understands the horror genre will dislike Paranormal Activity. The movie accentuates the utterly pointless scenes and overplays the horror element with ridiculous /x/ style novice creepypasta elements. The scene where the Ouija board sets on fire, for example. How many things are just ridiculous with this scene? I couldn't resist yelling at the TV when the fucking thing combusted in to flames. Remember The Blair Witch Project? The horror was in the subtle psychological torments of the characters. The fact that we never see the antagonist makes it scary. Paranormal Activity messed this up in spades. Technically we don't see the bad guy, but an invisible demon who wanders around the house smashing shit? Not scary in the slightest. If you're under the age of 13 and have never seen a horror movie, go and watch Paranormal Activity. You'll probably enjoy it. If you want an actual horror movie you're probably better off watching Lake Mungo.
Do you often get violently angry at films you don't like?
comment #12149 protoraptor 2nd Jan 12
Let's point out the problems with that
I think audiences nowadays want
I'm sorry, but that doesn't work any more

How can't it work if that's what the audience supposedly wants

I think anyone who understands the horror genre will dislike Paranormal Activity
If you're under the age of 13 and have never seen a horror movie, go and watch Paranormal Activity. You'll probably enjoy it.

If someone likes something I don't it's only because they are kids who don't know any better.
comment #12156 marcellX 2nd Jan 12
Compare it to Alien, a real horror classic. Alien is 40 minutes of buildup until the facehugger appears, then another twenty minutes of buildup until the adult alien appears. All this breather time is very ominous, with great lighting, set design, and camera angles. But here's the thing: Between the long atmospheric parts, we get an actual payoff by seeing horrific visuals for short periods of time.

For the Blair Witch project, they pretty much hoped that the audience would think Nothing Is Scarier is the only thing necessary for effective horror. It's not. You need to give some sort of weight to the fear.

Paranormal Activity makes many mistakes (The worst being with the Idiot Plot), but I'll give it one credit over The Blair Witch Project: At least the source of danger was there.
comment #12158 Scardoll 2nd Jan 12 (edited by: Beeb)
What an extremely asshurt review.
comment #12164 VeryMelon 2nd Jan 12
"Do you often get violently angry at films you don't like?"

Hello, I'm the Nostalgia Critic, and this review was 100% serious and not tongue-in-cheek in the slightest.

I just think people praising this as THE BEST HORROR MOVIE EVER really haven't seen a good horror movie.
comment #12505 Beeb 26th Jan 12 (edited by: Beeb)
Ohohoho, you sure got me!
comment #12506 protoraptor 26th Jan 12
No but seriously, when something is "tongue-in-cheek", that means it was supposed to be funny, but from the looks of this review, you weren't trying to be funny
comment #12508 protoraptor 26th Jan 12
Why do so many reviews are rage on the fandom and not the movie itself. When did Hype Backlash became it's horrible and everyone who likes are insane for not sharing my tastes.
comment #12513 marcellX 26th Jan 12
It's the natural result of the elitism that pervades fandoms these days.

Now why don't you go tell this to all of those Twilight bashers on here?
comment #12530 eveil 27th Jan 12
One year later and people are still butthurt that this movie sucks.
comment #18105 Beeb 8th Feb 13
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