One of the most controversial subjects in the world today is that of the existence of paranormal entities. Many have claimed to be plagued by these entities to the point of danger to, both, them and their family members. This is one of the reasons that Paranormal Activity found so much success; because of it's documentary approach to the subject. Thanks to it's treatment of the subject matter, Paranormal Activity helped to achieve a wider audience based interest into this subject as well as forcing viewers to question the existence of such phenomenon.
The story itself focuses on Katie and Micah and their experiences with a supernatural presence in their home. The movie is shown in 'found footage' format as if shot in home movie style. This gives more of a personal feel to the movie as well as more of a simplistic, yet introspective approach to the movies content.
The premise of the movie is that Katie and Micah have been plagued with supernatural and paranormal activity in their home. Most of the activity seems to focus on Katie, who divulges that she has been bothered by something similar to this before in her childhood. Micah, concerned for Katie, decides that the best way to get to the bottom of what has been happening is to have document the events using various cameras throughout the house. Although the beginning footage seems rather basic, it is during this time that the viewer begins to notice some of the oddities that take place during the night and when no one is present.
Through the progression of the movie the events begin to increase in frequency and severity. One chilling event takes place when Micah suggests the introduction of a Ouija board to attempt to communicate with the entity. Katie insists that this is a bad idea and lets Micah know of her extreme displeasure at his suggestion just before the couple depart for the evening. A few minutes after the couple leave the board bursts into flames and then the flames die, all while no one is present.
Paranormal Activity is a must see for anyone who has an interest in paranormal and supernatural events. This film is one that may start a bit slow but it induces the viewer to continue watching to see what will events will take place from minute to minute.
"Paranormal Activity 4" will be hitting theaters this October, and the first trailer has just hit the Web. Technology is the big theme here, as Skype and home security systems help add to the scariness... as do, of course, Katie and her spooky kidnapped kid.