Paranormal Activity On Streaming Service PopcornFlix

Paranormal Activity Film Details

Director: Oren Peli

Writer: Oren Peli

Release Date: 16 October 2009 (USA)

Release Format: Theatrical 

MPAA Rating: R

Horror Sub-Genre: Found Footage


After moving into a suburban home, a couple becomes increasingly disturbed by a nightly demonic presence.

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Streaming Service Overview:

This review is part three of six in our series. We’re providing coverage of new horror content on streaming platform, Popcornflix. Unlike every other streaming service, Popcornflix offers its content for free. The company earns revenue via advertising. The site offers a variety of genres to choose from and is expanding its Horror and Thrillers  library.  Yet, the service lacks stability and quality of service. Advertising ads pop up at constant rate and distract the viewer from engagement.  There are buffering issues, the issue is so severe the page needs reloading. Popcornflix is a poor man’s streaming service.

Paranormal Activity Overview

Paranormal Activity is one of few genre defining film in Horror cinema. At the time found footage was a new concept. Audiences had forgotten about the inspiring found footage concept released ten years prior. The documentary style approach paved the way for bare bones, low budget horror films. “Paranormal Activity” offers a sense that the on screen presentation actually occurred.  This is one of rare instances that a found footage film merged with above average acting.


The approach is brilliant. Essentially, the viewer engages in a documentary style horror film. Did these events actually occur? Did these people actually meet an uncertain fate? The audience is unsure. Its this logic and creative approach that cements “Paranormal Activity” in Horror cinema. The acting displayed in this film superior in quality compared to the franchise as a whole.


Its found footage. Sure “Paranormal Activity” is genre defining. Yes the film does offer moments of tension and creative scares. All in all the film is a found footage concept. This concept is the most cost effective (cheap) method of creating a horror film. For the casual horror viewer the found footage concept is believable and entertaining. Yet, if this is actual documentary footage why is the color correction and footage seamless. This among other logical analysis strips the found footage film concept from being believable. The application mirrors made for TV ghost documentaries.

Rating Score:

  • 0-10 Avoid
  • 11-20- Mediocre
  • 21-30 -Good
  • 31-40 – Average
  • 41-50- Decent
  • 51-60 – Stunning
  • 71-80 – Must See
  • 81-90 – Amazing
  • 91-100 – Impressive


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