The Basics: Paranormal Activity is a Blair Witch-esk type movie about a couple who decide to investigate (via videotape) to see if there is paranormal activity in their house. Some of the movie is just them, being a couple, but the real stuff is the taping while they are asleep.
The Good: I don’t know if it’s a matter of suspending belief long enough to feel you are really watching actual videotape of real people or if some people just scare differently than other people but this scared me. I didn’t screem but I did flinch a couple times. I sat frozen many times waiting for the next thing to happen. When I came home I was freaked out enough to try to sleep with the lights on and stay very far away from the edge of the bed. I was actually relatively ok until Manly Man decided to bring up scenes from the movie and then it was all I could think about.
The Bad: A couple parts of it (I refuse to spoil anything) were a little far fetched and I think it would have done better had they not done it. I’ll just say, for those who have seen it, the baby powder part. I think this movie would have been scarier with the “less is more” concept. Also, even though Manly Man denies it, I could tell by body language he was bored through most of it. So, you know, it depends on the person.