Wednesday, August 31, 2011

40 Days of Night(mares) Day 9: Favorite Supernatural Horror Movie

Found footage films come in only two flavors. There are those that are believable and those that aren't. Cloverfield, although an excellent movie, would be an example of the latter. It largely come down to how the people involve behave and react. Paranormal Activity is definitely the former. Yes, the fact that they just keep recording when obvious phenomena occurs is somewhat suspect when you consider the average person would probably just shit themselves and run for the hills. But there is a class of people, albeit overly represented in horror films, who would stick it out either out of stubbornness, excess of pride, or stupidity.
I call this the Amityville/Poltergeist conundrum. I tend to think that most of us, if our walls ran with blood or chairs moved and stacked themselves in our dining room, would promptly scoop up the kids and skedaddle without a backward glance. That's why we would survive horror films. We have the "what? there's a masked man on the loose stabbing people and you just heard a noise outside or in the basement and think I should investigate, well no thank you" gene.
As I watch it again, I try to put myself in Micah and Katie's shoes and wonder what I would do differently. The short answer is bail.
There is a lot of exposition and slow moments in the film, but rather than bore the audience, it actually adds to the tension. As they set up the plot in the beginning, you do get a little of the "wouldn't they have had some of these conversations prior to this?" annoyance, but that actually goes away quickly.
I prefer the original ending to the theatrical version (I won't spoil either), but I understand the reasoning behind it. The camerawork is mostly done on tripod so there's very little of the shaky cam work that can make some people ill. The actors play their roles well and are very believable. If you haven't seen it yet, add it to your list. It's definitely creepy and chilling.
My rating is an 8 out of 10.

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