Don't go to sleep!
The movie centers on a young couple, Katie and Micah, who are haunted by a supernatural presence in their home. The movie is presented through the camera set up by the couple to capture the paranormal activity.
Now with any mockumentary horror film, right from the get go you know there's going to be contrasts to The Blair Witch Project, and I can ultimately see why. The atmosphere is creepy, no script with very unknown actors, films the same way, and no soundtrack what so ever. However, I found this even freakier than Blair Witch, which really is one of my favorite horror films of all-time.
The film starts out really all nice and happy, and although there's little thumps here and there it's really nothing serious. But then when things start to pick up, it starts getting shit crazyyy!!!
First of all, the real reason why Paranormal works is because the special effects look so real. I have no clue how they did some of these scenes but almost every scene feels and just looks so legit, that it actually feels like your watching a documentary happen, right in front of your eyes.
Secondly, the acting in this film is top-notched probably cause all the film is just ad-libbing but the two stars Micah and Katie are actually a very believable couple, and when they are freaked they look and sound freaked out it's not this usual scream fest to get a cheap scare.Also believe it or not in this hugely suspenseful scary movie, there is some comedy from Micah and his little one-liners that are more clever than most think.
Lastly, the real reason to see this film would definably have to be is seeing it in the theaters. This is what real cinema is all about. I was packed with my sister in a sold-out crowd in an IMAX theater, and as soon as the lights went out you know it was going down. I was really freaked out but the whole crowd was even more freaked out with me so I didn't really feel alone. But if you do go and see this film, hurry up and look for it to the closest theater near you cause I can assure you it's the full crowd experience which is just amazing.
Though I really did like this film it did have it's problems. I really liked Micah in this film but I though the decisions in this film were so dumb that it really just made me yell "THIE HOUSE IS CRAZYYYY GETT OUTTT!!!". He starts insulting and leading on the demon throughout the whole film and while your sitting there watching your wondering if this guy want's to die. Also, there are many points in this film where I would just be out of that house right away no matter what.
I think the other thing that Blair Witch really had going for itself that we all kind of thought that the whole film was actually real. When I went into this film I know it wasn't real so that kind of brought down the realistic factor for me, but ultimately that's probably not even much of a bad thing.
The whole film basically just leads up all the way to the end of the film, and when the ending happens your flipping out the whole time. I flipped, my sister flipped, every one in that theater must have flipped, cause when the ending is all said and done with you will be so effected by this movie.
Consensus: With a low-budget look and realistic effects, Paranormal Activity is one of those mockumentaries that will make you feel like everything you are seeing is real, and all the scares you get are absolutely worth it.