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11-03-2009, 01:49 PM
Did anyone see this movie... is it all the hype or what? I have not seen it but I'm wondering if its all hype or actually scary!


chuck weber
11-03-2009, 04:40 PM
if it was filmed in "America Haunts" "Scream-o-Vision", it would probably be scarier !

11-03-2009, 05:45 PM
this guy sums up the movie perfectly for me. footsteps and lights turning on doesn't scare me.


If your the type that gets creeped out by a haunted house actor coming up to you and not saying anything but just being creepy then you will like it. I do like it but got very mad when I started to believe the hype.

11-03-2009, 05:58 PM
Ya, I though it sucked. Saw it today and I was pretty mad. REALLY BORING. Just some loud noises. I was hoping during the movie that the ending would blow me away because it was so lame throughout it, but unfortunately it was totally predictable. DO NOT SEE IN THEATERS!

Jim Warfield
11-03-2009, 06:55 PM
Seem to have been had by actually a large number of people, more than most may imagine.
Maybe this movie was made to appeal to this audience who may be already on edge from personal encounters?
I have had people coming here almost every week (Open 52 weeks a year) to share their story with me, some come here looking for advice or answers.
A few weeks ago I had 4 people here who were here just to share their horrific experiences with me. I tried to give them some more positive outlooks on the happenings, we talked for quite awhile, then two of them said they had to leave my house, they were actually very scared that even just seeing the basement here might have something unearthly and terrifying waiting for them there.
They left after seeing just the first room but thanked me sincerely for the time I spent listening to them and talking to them, they seemed somewhat more calm...?
I know nothing that I was responsible for here scared them, though.
Yes I have had some "experiences" here myself.

11-03-2009, 07:49 PM
Just saw it VERY Blair Witch. Lots of suspense, very little payoff. A few creepy moments, but overall it took a very long time to go anywhere. There is something to be said about the vulnerablilty of sleeping - This could freak some people out.

Don't think I could sit through it again unless I was with some first time viewers who were really scared.

I feel EXACTLY like I did after Blair Witch - We went up the mountain and never jumped off. Sorta like a creepy haunted house without a good last room where you just walk out and say ....is that it? No Chainsaw?


11-04-2009, 08:14 AM
this guy sums up the movie perfectly for me. footsteps and lights turning on doesn't scare me.


If your the type that gets creeped out by a haunted house actor coming up to you and not saying anything but just being creepy then you will like it. I do like it but got very mad when I started to believe the hype.

LOL!!! That guy did make a pretty good remake of it!!!

11-04-2009, 08:33 AM
They said they made it for $11,000. Trying to figure out what they spent that on? Niether of the crappy actors deserved to be paid, that's for certain.

11-04-2009, 12:54 PM
may have been a crappy movie, but the hype was brought on by the media and the movie trailers....think about the "smart" of it all - low budget, bad acting, ridiculous plot, no CGI effects - yet it made millions....and people actually paid to go see it....there is beauty in advertising, eh? :roll:

Oh, and listening to that doosh critique the movie was just as bad as watching "the movie"....

11-04-2009, 03:12 PM
movie totally sucked... i think i'd rather stay home alone on valentines day and spray my nether regions with pepper spray while listening to hannah montana's latest tween hit single on repeat than ever watch it again.

yep, it was that bad.

11-04-2009, 04:02 PM
I have seen it twice now to give it another chance and I did like it a little more the 2nd time. On the flip side of that I have never been to a movie where everybody walking out of it was cussing and saying that was BS.

I'm still trying to figure out why it was rated R. Movie should have been PG-13

Jim Warfield
11-04-2009, 04:15 PM
Many years ago I saw a movie that was supposed to be very racy for the day, I wondered what all the hoopla was about? Then I found out they cut 15 minutes from the version shown in little Savanna, Ill. versus the Chicago version!
Maybe this doesn't happen anymore though.

Haunts of Richmond
11-05-2009, 12:04 AM
Wow, pretty harsh reviews. I actually loved the movie.... but then I'm more of a fan of suspenseful, creepy, psychological scary movies. Pretty effective in that aspect... and everyone I saw walk out of the movie had a smile on their face.

- Ryan

chuck weber
11-07-2009, 02:12 PM
since the cops were involved, it kinda made it look legit. any opinions here? I've been watching all these ghost hunters type shows for 3 years now and they never really find much.

11-07-2009, 02:46 PM
PARANORMAL ACTIVITY is essentially Blair Witch in a house.

It's a similar story, shot in the same shaky, pseudo-documentary style.

There is very little gore and a most of the violence happens off-camera.

If you like TV shows like GHOST HUNTERS or A HAUNTING... you'll like it.

I enjoyed it.

The Forsaken Crypt
11-08-2009, 07:48 PM
This is just my opinion but when I saw the trailer with it showing people in the theater and their reactions I thought "Wow... If they need to show people making reactions in the theater to get their point across then its not going to be good" I didn't see it but I really have no intention to see it.. If your going to pay 9 somthing for a movie ticket see Zombie Land... That was great. Ghosts are creepy for haunted houses but in movies they really arent IN MY OPINION. Things of Flesh and BLood are more scary like monsters or killers.

James Lurgio
11-10-2009, 10:31 AM
I think the movie pretty much did it's job. I saw it last night and thoroughly enjoyed it. It was very suspenseful and very eerie. It certainly made me jump and yes, it was scary. It was a very simple movie and original but I know that's not for everybody. It's a high concept film with good acting and no buckets of blood. I think it's sad when a movie needs to have someone hacking off his own foot to get a rise out of the audience. This movie really made me react and unfortunately the horror genre has been flooded by that un-avoidable "Slasher" sub genre as of late. So much so that kids generally tend to think of "Saw" when asked about horror films. While the Saw series and films like it certainly have their place, I tend to lean more towards movies like this that don't operate at such a base level of entertainment. My only complaint is that the ending left me wanting more but that of course is what they want. We talked about it on the way home and how it might have ended differently and how the last few minutes were very audible but it was a mystery as to what actually happened. In the end, I give it 2 thumbs.

James Lurgio
Nightmare Productions

The Doctor
11-10-2009, 11:19 AM
I think a lot of it is the level of expectation and how desensitized we are. I mean the exorcist had to remove scenes from it to keep it from being x-rated now it would be just a regular old R rating. We have seen cgi and make-up blur the line between reality and fantasy more and more. I have yet to see this movie but I am not one for the docu-shaky camera style that most of these movies are made in. I mean download ghost hunters to your i-pod and shake it while watching is pretty much it. I do applaud them or getting people out to see the movie, so on that level I think they did a great job, when it makes video I will be checking it out on the netflix. And what is up with all the damn remakes?

11-10-2009, 04:47 PM
My g/f and I saw it a few days after it came out. IMO, it sucked. I wouldn't sit through it again if you paid ME $20.

*Possible SPOILERS below*

Had I known it was shot entirely in handicam with 3 different angles or scene settings, I would have passed in the first place. At least in Blair Witch, they moved around. This realisticly had 4, maybe 5 different tripod angles. At no point was I personally on the edge of my seat, biting my nails or otherwise scared, including the "dramatic ending".

If you want to see the movie, seriously just go watch the trailer, it's basically a 4 minute cliff notes of it.

11-13-2009, 11:18 AM
I thought it was not bad for the money it took to make. There were two other endings that didn't screen-test well, and that added to the overall cost.

I thought it was more creepy than scary. But, the camera motion did make me a little nauseous. I think people are somewhat desensitized to the blood and gore, so they need more blood, more gore, more startles. This is NOT that kind of movie. It is subtle, and if you think about it in the context of "if that happened in MY house", then it is creepy.

Most people in the theater I went to were cursing afterwards, saying it sucked. I thought it was okay... definately not worth the hype, though.

11-16-2009, 11:08 AM
I finally saw it this weekend. I enjoyed it. It did remind me of Blair Witch and bothered me little after wards like Blair Witch did. I like things that could really happen. This was more real then watching Aliens with 3 heads. I have seen 2 versions of it now, look forward to seeing the other 2, just to get the full difference.