Review of 'Paranormal Activity' Wrong in so Many Ways

RECEIVED Thu., Oct. 22, 2009

Dear Editor,
    Excuse me, but I'm going to tell you why your review is wrong in all sorts of ways [Film Listings, Oct. 9]:
    1) You don't give us any legitimate reason to believe this movie "sucks" or "isn't scary" as you have told us. You simply bash the film left and right while expecting us to believe you and giving us no evidence to back up any of your claims.
    2) You found the Blair Witch movie to be scarier. Seriously? I bet you saw crap like The Damned and thought that was scary, you putz. I bet for you a movie has to be scary to have a monster/killer and "gore = better.” It isn't. True horror is in the unseen. When you go to a movie and already know the killer, the only thing left to be used to scare anyone is the sense of dread. But if you don't know who/what is the reason for inflicting terror in the story and you can't see it … well, you know.
    3) The quality of your review is the same as something one could read on 4chan, amongst others who simply hate something just to hate it.
    No backup, poor journalism, poor point of view, poor everything. I suppose you think you're better than the other reviewers who actually gave the movie a chance with an open mind just because you bashed something that's popular? You're not.
    Also, if you go into a movie with a negative attitude, you're not going to enjoy it. That's just how it is. Go into a movie with an open mind, and you may enjoy it, you may not, but you would have kept an open mind and thus people can respect you a lot more for it.
    You say Paranormal Activity is nothing more than a very elaborate vid/prank from YouTube. Ironic, this review is something I expected to read on YouTube as well.
Aaron Jackson
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