Paranormal Entity (2009)

As is the case with any of the other Asylum releases, PARANORMAL ENTITY is a virtual remake of the smash hit PARANORMAL ACTIVITY, retaining all of the same structure with only minor character and plot changes. Ironically, this cheap cash-in both proves and disproves the effectiveness of the original film. The rapid-fire scares in ENTITY make it far more skeptical than the subtle haunts in ACTIVITY, but the cleverly implied scares that are created in both show that almost anyone can pick up a camera and generate the same level of terror with hardly any effort. Van Dyke asks very little of his actors, and receives little in return besides the expectantly bland performances and the obligatory nude scene. As a matter of budgetary convenience, the cameras placed in the rooms that are experiencing activity just happen to either get pushed aside or knocked over during pivotal moments. This leaves the viewer staring at a blank screen for much of the film. Regardless of the fact that it is nothing more than a clone, there are still enough realistic touches that are further emphasized by the lack of music in order to make PARANORMAL ENTITY a genuinely unnerving watch.

Rating: 6/10.
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  1. I was "this" close to picking up this film. I will rent it on your say so.

  2. Given The Asylum's track record, this one should have been much worse than it was, but if you were a fan of PA, its worth the Netflix instant watch =D

  3. I have it in my queue and I remember Emily form Deadly Dolls gave it a pretty positive review too.

  4. I will have to check this one out. I saw Activity the day it came out so I got to see the original version and not the cut version that everyone else saw.

  5. This is a VERY generous review Carl! I'm afraid I have to disagree with you though - this film was unable to muster even a shred of the unnerving atmosphere exhibited in ACTIVITY. It is an entertaining, but pale imitation. I did like the footprints on the ceiling though...

  6. The two moments that swayed my opinion were the backyard scene searching for the sister and the hallway scene with the bells; there is just something about the hand-held found footage films that puts me on edge, and the lack of a score had me waiting for a jump at all times in anticipation. Theres no mistaking that this was a cheap rip-off, but I found myself having trouble berating it when I had given PA so much praise and there is very little difference between the two