Young couple Katie (Katie Featherston) and Micah (Micah Sloat) suspect strange happenings while they sleep and set up a camera to record the overnight events, but what they discover is worse than they could have imagined. This game changing film brought a realistic fear the big screen had not witnessed since The Blair Witch Project some ten years earlier.
Honestly, there is a lot to like about this film. Our two leads do a wonderful job in their respective roles, and the natural chemistry of the two only heightens the sense of realism in this movie--it is easy to believe this is an actual couple we are watching. The film's formula is similar to that of a Japanese ghost movie--a slow build with each scare getting progressively more frightening, leading up to the fantastic ending. Speaking of ending, this one has two: the Spielberg ending seen in theaters, and the more terrifying alternate ending. Paranormal Activity isn't a movie filled with a bunch of blood and gore, but the scares, while much more subtle, are no less creepy--given the proper setting, this movie may even leave you feeling a bit uneasy. This movie isn't without its flaws--there are some noticeable continuity errors and the overuse of dissolve may drive you to fits, but Paranormal Activity inspired many other films, kicked off an incredibly successful franchise, and, most importantly, is a genuinely scary movie.
On A Scale Of One To Ten: 8