Oren Peli’s Paranormal Activity takes places in a suburban home, where Katie (Katie Featherston) and Micah (Micah Sloat) – along with their camera – investigate the eerie occurrences that have been taken place during their slumber. Once things begin to escalate, Katie admits to Micah that she has experienced similar happenings before. Rattled, the two agree to contact a Psychic (Mark Fredrichs) in order to receive some guidance on the matter. Sensing the presence haunting the house, the Psychic quickly suggest a different specialist, but not without expressly warning them of the unseen evil lurking in their house.
Reminiscent of the Blair With Project, this movie relies heavily on silence and suspense for its intended psychological effect. Slow-paced, we view Katie and Micah’s world solely though the eye of a camera lens. The camera is set up in their bedroom every night at an attempt to capture evidence of the strange sounds and moving objects that seem to manifest when they are asleep. The stress generated by the tension of their situation influences the once smiling couple toward bickering and arguing about what behaviour is allowed, and how best to extricate the persistent entity.
Fans of reality-type entertainment will find a home with this film, and superstitious movie watchers are advised not to go at this one alone. Despite several critiques of the film in regards to its pacing, dull acting or sloppy ending, many who have seen the movie have contribute to its viral success in theaters. That fact that this movie attracted the eye of director Steven Spielberg does give it some merit. For the best and scariest experience, be sure to watch this at night with lots of friends. Especially friends who have not seen it yet.