Finally watched this over the weekend after meaning to since last Oct. Yes, there's been a lot of hype for Paranormal Activity, and that brought me in too. The movie is best watched in a theater, at night, and with an audience that knows to shut up.
And then - go home to try and resist imagining the same things happening in your house. Oh, yes - you will imagine it all - just about the time you turn off the lights before trying to sleep.
And then you'll turn them on again. It's very, very difficult to shake off PA when home.
That said, I recommend this, to save prospective viewers a lot of
- Step into the theater an hour and ten minutes after the show begins. Until then, pretty much nothing happens(Now that everyone kinda knows about the story,the couple and the presence in their house -getting up to speed is no problem)
- Take a few minutes to get a feel for the situation on screen, and then...
- Focus from the time Katie wakes up, goes over to his side of the bed, and stares at him for a couple hours. This is about 3 minutes before the film ends.
That's all there is to this movie. The last 2.5 minutes of PA will have the impact that everyone's raving about. Save the first hour for anything else you had planned, outside the theater.
Trust me. :)