Maybe I’m just immune to all things scary these days, but after watching Paranormal Activity this weekend, the only thing I could think was: “It wasn’t that scary.”
There were a lot of “waiting for it” moments and of course the spookiness of the film itself (sitting in a dark theater waiting for a supposedly scary movie that you’ve heard so much about to begin) but even when the shocks did come, they were light compared to what I was expecting.
It seems to be part of human nature that we want to be scared because we enjoy the thrill. But when a movie promises to be one of the scariest movies ever made, (their words, not mine) you expect at least to be frightened or on the edge of your seat. Doors slamming and shadows that lead to nothing don’t really do it for me.
It was the same thing with The Blair Witch Project. Hyped beyond all belief, but nothing more than a giant tease and letdown.
What folks behind Paranormal Activity did succeed in doing is generating a brilliant viral campaign that helped sell the movie and make it highly in demand.
After all, they got $6 from my purse.