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.
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