Mini Movie Review: Paranormal Activity (2007)

Wednesday 23 November 2011 @ 12:33 am

Shot in the style of found footage, young couple Micah and Katie move into a new house and set up a video camera in their bedroom to capture whilst they sleep, the supernatural presence that has been haunting Katie since childhood.

An old movie that I’ve only just got round to seeing, this has been compared to The Blair Witch Project which is unfair as Paranormal Activity is far superior even though it was also made on a budget with the actors using a similar type of improv for each scene. Whilst not terrifying, this really is a disturbing and creepy movie that plays very well on the fears of vulnerability when asleep. The main focal point of the scares is the open door in the bedroom through which the supernatural presence makes itself known although sound is also very effectively used.

There are two alternate endings available which are both worth seeing and should you watch Paranormal Activity at night, don’t be surprised if you feel the need to close the bedroom door and draw up the duvet covers before you sleep.

Score: 4/5