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As rubbish as The Blair Witch Project was on the whole, at least it opened up new avenues and possibilities for the horror genre. The Blair Witch's ending at least proving, albeit very briefly, that the "handheld" style could indeed bring fresh scares. It took 10 years but finally a film lives up to that premise.

Paranormal Activity's clever use of repetition and convincing performances finally captures the inexplicable eerieness of a big empty house in the middle of the night making this the best haunted house movie in a long time. The story may be unlikely but it works and doesn't detract from the film's atmosphere at all. Is it scary? Yes. But not in an obvious, in your face, loud musical sting kind of way.

Turn the lights off, pay attention, get into it and you won't sleep a wink.

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