The Paranormal Activity Series

The Paranormal Activity Trilogy review for by 24 Hours to Midnight: The Blog!

When it comes to so-bad-it’s-good movies, we’ve got our bases covered at 24HTM. However, everyone knows that there are few genuinely scary movies out there, and when you find something that scares the eff out of you, you stick with it. Things that these movies inadvertently gave me trauma about: storm windows, red-haired senior citizens, babies, knocking sounds, bed sheets, sliding doors, closets, basements, hanging pots and pans, video cameras, and open-concept homes. ISN’T THAT GREAT? Seriously though, this series is all about the atmosphere and the slow build. Definitely creepy, and definitely worth checking out!

For those of us who live under a rock, a brief synopsis of the series could be: “HOLY SH*T, HOLY SH*T! DID YOU SEE THAT? THAT THING JUST MOVED.” Basically, it’s about two grown-up sisters who have experienced paranormal activity since they were little girls. The first movie is present day, the second movie is a prequel to the first, and the third movie is a prequel to the second. You get to see the grand finale, and then backtrack to find out MY GOD, WHY??? See it! You won’t be disappointed… Or maybe you will. I don’t know, we like garbage.

Whatever it is about handy-cam, it lends itself perfectly to horror movies: The Blair Witch Project, Cloverfield, and the excellent Spanish zombie spookfest [REC] are all prime examples of the genre at its best, and the Paranormal Activity movies borrow generously and effectively. Why does the handy-cam effect make us so scared? Is it the blurring of the lines between reality and fiction which in turn creates a sense of hyper-real terror? English students, start outlining your honours essays.

You’ve all probably seen these trailers a hundred times, but here they are again in all their demonic splendour: