Imagine sitting alone with a lappy and a cup of coffee. Reading a blog in utterly dark silence. Suddenly door “creeks”. You believe its wind and continue your work. Next thing, you feel a pat on back….and a chair in front of you fell. You realize no one else is home.
Fear creeps in you. It starts giving you a thought of someone’s presence. Making you more obnoxious. If not then you will be forced to believe ‘the supernatural’ around you, after seeing the horror series “Paranormal Activity”. The series is so realistic that it’s hard to believe its fiction and not a documentary of real happenings. Both hair-raising and chilling, this suburban drama skips genre cliches, giving nightmares to many young moviegoers.
The American supernatural started its film franchise in 2007. It is produced, written, directed, photographed and edited by Oren Peli. The film franchise consists of a total of six horror movies and with the last release in 2015. The film franchise has still a standing fanbase.
The movies are without any form of conventional opening or closing credits, they start by thanking families and are closed with a camera falling or whereabouts unknown. All movies seem like self-shot by a camera and its hard to believe are fiction. The whole series has a mixed timeline. For a first-timer, it becomes confusing to understand movie inter-relation.
But I assure you that the whole series will leave you in terror. And twice thinking about a minute swing of air around you. That, Is someone around……..?
The movie opens with a happy moment between the couple Micah and Katie. We see what Micah sees: his girlfriend driving a cool convertible to their department. This is the first and last time when we see the normal world outside their apartment. The young couple has just moved to a newly furnished apartment in San Diego. Micah greets Katie out front one day by filming her on his new video camera, which she observes look bigger than his older one.
Katie observes some paranormal activities in an upstairs bedroom. She claims that she has been haunted by an evil presence since her childhood. Like any other boy with a new gadget. Micah’s intends to film any paranormal activity in their bedroom, leaving the camera running on a tripod when they are asleep.
The camera records many strange occurrences that are minor at first and then start accelerating to something big. At first, they observe noises, flickering lights, and bedroom door moving. However, Micah doesn’t take them seriously and mocks the paranormal power thus worsening the whole situation. The paranormal citing accelerates from jangling keys too loud screeches of demonic voices. This leads to Micah suggesting the use of the Ouija board.
During night fifteen, Katie comes out of the bed, stand and keep watching Micah asleep for 2 hours. Then the timecode on camera speeds up, showing that she has been standing in the same situation for about an hour, just staring at Micah. Micah asks Katie to come back in bed but she refuses to do so. The “fast –forward” effect accelerates the barely noticed breathing movements looking as if she is having wobbles and jerks. This gives the effect of a kind of spiritual trembling. Katie does not remember anything about it the next day.
Micah brings an Ouija board home which infuriates Katie. They leave the house and come back to notice that the pointer on the Ouija board moves to form an unknown message and suddenly catches fire. Katie requests Micah to contact the demonologist but he refuses. As he cares only about his film and not the emotions of Katie. During night 17, Micah sprinkles baby powder all over the floor in the hallway and outside bedroom door. The couple is awakened by creaks and find non-human footprints leading to attic where Micah finds a burnt picture of young Katie.
Katie calls the demonologist but alas he is out of town. To help the psychologically terrified Katie they call Dr. Fredrichs (psychic). He is stopped by the powerful demonic energy to enter the house. He leaves stating that his presence only makes the situation worse.
Later night, Katie is attacked by the demon, and Micah observes a bite mark on Katie. They decide to leave the house. He observes Katie is unresponsive and holding a cross so tightly that she is bleeding. Micah throws away the cross and burns it. Katie pleads to Micah and convinces him to stay back.
Till this time Katie is possessed by the demon fully. In the night she again stares and Micah for a long time and walks downstairs. After sometime Katie screams for Micah reeling him towards his death. Micah’s body is violently hurled at camera thus knocking the tripod off. Katie crawls over Micah’s body showing her face in the camera with has a demonic appearance leaving the audience in shock. In closing the credentials of the movie a test appears saying-“Micah’s body was discovered by police on October 11, 2006, and Kate has vanished”.
Paranormal Activity 2
The 2nd movie of the series is much of a prequel than a sequel of previous paranormal activity. The story revolves around Katie’s sister Kristi and her family. In August 2006, “burglary” happens at the home of Kristi and Daniel ray, trashing their house and leaving only infant son Hunter’s bedroom untouched. To a surprise, the only thing stolen is a necklace gifted by Katie her sister to Kristi. Awakened by this incident Daniel installs security cameras all around the house.
Martine their housekeeper who believes that there is the presence of evil spirits in house attempts to cleanse by burning sage. She believes so by hearing voices in the hunter’s room. Later, is fired by Daniel. Kristi also believes their home is haunted but claims are dismissed by Daniel after viewing camera records. Later, Katie and Kristi are seen to talk about a demon by who they were tormented when they were kids. Daniel’s daughter, Ali begins investigating the paranormal activities happening in their house after she is lured outside by a loud bang and door shuts and locks behind her.
She discovers that humans can make deals with demons for wealth and power by forfeiting the soul of the first-born son. She also realizes Hunter is the first-born son in both Kristi and Katie’s family since the time of their great-great-grandmother.
The violence escalates and families German Shephard, Abby. Who has been guarding hunter is attacked by a demon and suffers from seizure. Daniel and Ali take Abby to vet leaving Kristi alone with Hunter. When Kristi checks on Hunter, the demon drags her down to the basement where she is locked for an hour. Finally, the door opens and possessed Kristi walks out. The next day, Ali is alone with Kristi who is not willing to come out of bed. Ali hears voices and investigates the basement where she finds scratches all over the wall. She also observes a word, Meus(“Mine”) scratched on the wall. Ali goes upstairs to check on Hunter and observes a bite mark on Katie building fear in her. Kristi orders her not to touch hunter.
Horrified Ali frantically calls Daniel and begs him to come home. After he arrives, she shows him footage of Kristi’s attack.
Now in the belief of the paranormal happenings, Daniel calls Martine for exorcism, after which Kristi will have no memory of being possessed. Daniel tells Ali that he is going to pass the demon to Katie to save his wife and son. Ali begs him because it is not fair to Katie but he does not alter his idea.
That night, Daniel tries to use the cross on Kristi but she attacks him, and house lights go out. The whole house shakes and Daniel chases him to the basement. He Touches her with cross resulting in her collapse. Daniel hears a demonic growl and then the house stops shaking. Daniel puts Katie on the bed and burns a photo of young Katie. (The same that Micah later found in the attic).
Three weeks later, Katie visits her sister and tells her about the mysterious things occurring at her house. She returns home to Micah; the rest of the scene consists of the first scenes from the previous movie. On October 9, after killing Micah, a possessed Katie Breaks into Katie and Daniel’s home. She kills Daniel by twisting his neck and Kristi in Hunter’s room. She leaves the room, cradling Hunter. The screen fades to black as Hunter’s crying turns into laughter.
In closing credits of the movie, text displays: Ali was on a school trip and returned home, found bodies of Daniel and Kristi three days later, and Katie and Hunter’s whereabouts remain unknown. Where are they?
Paranormal Activity 3
The third part of the series acts as a prequel or the first movie. It revolves around the childhood of Katie and Kristi and how it all started. The movie opens in 2005, where Katie delivers a box of old tapes to her sisters Kristi and Daniel’s house. A year later when” burglary” occurs the tapes are found missing.
Tapes hold footage of young Katie and Kristi with their mother Julie, and her boyfriend Dennis who looks a lot like Micah. Dennis notices that since Kristi’s imaginary friend “Toby” appeared, strange things have been happening in the house. When Dennis and Julie were trying to make a video in their room, dust falls from the ceiling due to an earthquake. While reviewing the tape Dennis observes a strange figure formed due to falling of dust. By suggestion of his friend Randy, Dennis places cameras throughout the house to capture these incidents. Same night Kristi wakes u and talks to someone off-camera. When questioned by Dennis she tells him it was “Toby” her friend. After a series of strange occurrences, Dennis discovers a strange symbol in the girl’s closet and looks for it in the Demonology book.
Some days later Kristi falls ill, Julie and Dennis take her to hospital. Leaving Katie alone with Randy. They both play Bloody Mary in the bathroom which makes the situation worse. Randy is attacked by the demon and observes a large scratch on his torso. They try to leave the bathroom but are stopped by the demonic presence. Terrified Katie manages to walk downstairs apologizing to randy. After Dennis and Julie return, randy warns them they are dealing with something dangerous. The next day, Dennis tells Julie that the symbol he sounds in girl’s closet belongs to a witches coven “Midwives” that brainwashed girls of child-bearing age, into having sons, and then forced them to give up their sons, forgetting all that has happened. Julie does not believe in whatever is told by Dennis. Demon torments Katie until Kristi agrees to do what he asks. She asks her mother to take them to grandmother Lois’s house. Julie refuses but agrees after observing the frightening activities.
At grandma’s house, they are awoken midnight by loud disturbances and Julie goes to investigate. When she fails to return Dennis goes to look after her. Unable to find and Julie and the girls., Dennis observes the same symbol on the wall that is hidden behind paintings. Dennis enters the dark garage and with the help of a camera, light discovers several women including Lois all dressed in black.
Dennis rushes back in the house, finding Julie’s body levitating above ground at top of stairs. The body is thrown on Dennis causing him to collapse downstairs with her body. Finding her dead, Dennis hides in the closet with Kristi. Something bangs and growls on the door.
Dennis and Kristi walk into the kitchen. Outside the window, Dennis observes women circling bonfire. They find Katie crying over Julie’s body. As, soon as Dennis touches Katie, she releases a demonic scream throwing him to another side of the room. Lois stands before him, and Dennis’s body is violently nailed to the ground by a demonic force and his back hyperextended backward thus killing him. Before going upstairs, Kristi calls toby to join them. The scene closes with a growling sound and the movie ends.
Paranormal Activity 4
The movie is all about a new family and a little different from the mainstream story. Eventually, they find a way to connect it to the rest three movies of series. It adds to the story and provides a pretty good ending.
The story opens in November 2011, five years after the death of Kristi and her husband Daniel.
This time story revolves around Alex Nelson who lives with her father Doug, mother holly and his brother Wyatt in Nevada. When their neighbor falls ill and is taken to hospital, her son Robbie is taken in by Holly to take care until his mother returns.
Later, Alex finds Wyatt and Robbie in her treehouse talking to Robbie’s invisible friend “Toby”. While Wyatt is playing multi-player Kinect by himself and Robbie sitting on the sofa. Ben, Alex’s boyfriend asks who Wyatt is playing with and Robbie answers that he is playing with his invisible friend “Toby”.
The next day, Ben reveals to Alex that his computer automatically records their webcam chats, and he saw Robbie came in and slept next to Alex in the middle of the night.
After occurrences of a trail of strange occurrences, Alex and Ben set up cameras throughout the house.A camera records a series of strange occurrences, including Robbie and Wyatt following a child’s figure throughout the house in the night.
Wyatt reveals a green symbol on his back to Alex and Ben stating that” I had to meet him”. On discovering the symbol they find that the symbol resembles the Hittite symbol, one that would prepare the victim for demonic possession.
Late one night, Alex notices several black cars outside Robbie’s house across the street; upon investigating she discovers several women in black gown entering the house.
She is confronted by women and flees the scene. The next day, boys go to Robbie’s house followed by Alex. Where they discover Katie, Robbie’s mother is back and now is fine. Later Doug himself observes a supernatural event when suddenly a knife falls between him and the camera.
On another night Wyatt is seen talking to an invisible figure claiming that his name isn’t Hunter. Later, Holly takes Wyatt to a bath and leaves him alone in the tub. Suddenly, he is pulled underwater and a couple of minutes after he comes back up calm and sedated, referring himself to like Hunter. Wyatt tells Alex that Katie told him: he and Robbie are adopted. That night, asleep Alex is levitated mid-air by Wyatt.
The next day, possessed Katie sneaks into Alex’s house.
Alex hears the garage doer open. Upon examining she is almost killed by a falling door. Katie enters Wyatt’s room where she tells him that she’ll wait until he is “ready”. The family’s car throws exhaust by itself. Scared from this incident Alex runs away and attempts to sow footage to parents who are missing. They think she’s gone crazy.
Next night, Doug and Alex go to dinner to talk about the strange events.
Holly is alone at home, she goes upstairs after hearing strange voices and is violently thrown against the ceiling killing her. Katie drags her body away. Ben comes to meet Alex, to talk about the symbol. But finding no one home he decides to leave a message on Alex’s laptop. Katie suddenly comes from behind and kills Ben by twisting his neck.
When Alex and her father arrive, Dough believes he saw Holly and Wyatt going next door. As he goes to investigate Alex discovers Ben’s body at her house.
She frantically runs towards Katie’s house to warn her father but is too late as he sees him dragged out of sight by an unknown entity.
Alex runs towards a bedroom. She hears Wyatt screaming and turns around. Kattie appears out of nowhere demonically screaming at her. Alex escapes her by jumping through a window, where she finds Wyatt standing silently in the yard. Wyatt looks behind Alex and sees dozens of women walking towards Alex. As she turns around, Katie kills her, and the camera falls to the ground.
The post-credit scene shows two young men in a store with a camera. They soon discover it is a “witchcraft” store and tries to escape being suddenly stopped by an old Spanish lady saying: “This is only the beginning”. Setting up the scene for the next coming series.
Paranormal Activity: The Marked Ones
The fifth part of the series was fresh and it was exciting to see a new set of characters with a slightly different story. The story revolves around Jesse arista who looks forward to enjoys his vacation with his best friend hector. But this will not happen. As the neighbor in the apartment below named Ana is murdered. They spot their classmate Oscar running from the scene and believes him to be responsible. The two investigate the apartment where they find black magic items, tapes, and spellbooks that can lead to open gates to the unholy land.
After this the group of friends including Marisol performed a ritual, paranormal occurrences start to happen in their apartment. They also communicate with an unknown entity through a game and Jessie finds a mark on his arm. He also discovers that he has supernatural abilities. He and Hector believe these abilities are a “gift”. But soon this thought of them is broken when Oscar suddenly appears at Jesse’s home and tells him that: “something inside them” will take over, in a matter of time and they will not harm those they love after killing them. He disappears and is found by both jumpings before a car to commit suicide.
The group discovers a secret trapdoor in Ana’s apartment, where they find a witch altar and photos of Jesse, his pregnant mother, Ana, Oscar, and Lois. Later in the night, Jessie is lured to the trapdoor after hearing his dog cry. But the door slams shut and Jesse sees the ghost of young Katie and Kristi.
Jesse gradually becomes dark which disturbs their group. They meet with Oscar’s brother Arturo who tells them Oscar was in contact with Ali. She has been researching demons since her mother Kristi and father Daniel were killed by Kristi. She tells them “Jesse” has been marked by worldwide coven Midwives who reforming an army of possessed young sons. Ali gives them the address where the final ritual is to be performed and warns them, Jesse will no longer exist if the demon consumes him fully. Jesse’s concerned grandmother Irma visits a botánica and tries to cleanse Jesse, but he telekinetically thrashes the living room. The next morning, Irma is pushed down the stairs by Jesse and taken to the Intensive care unit. Jesse attacks his friends but is later knocked down by a bat. As soon as they attempt o leave, a van smashes into their car and kidnaps Jesse.
They reach to address given by Ali which turns out to be Lois’ house. They are attacked by coven members who are shot down by Arturo. They arrive and found Santo in the doorway stabbed multiple times Marisol disappears and Arturo is thrown into a window near Hector which frightens him. Marisol is thrown out through the glass roof.
Hector runs and hides in a closet and is further forced by Jesse to enter a strange brown door. The door takes him back in time to the house of Katie and Micah. Hector enters a living room and sees Katie going downstairs. Katie screams for Micah, who assumes Hector is an intruder and tackles him, but Katie violently stabs Micah to death.
Terrified, Hector runs away but gets confronted and lunged at by demonic Jesse, dropping his camera to the ground. In the moment of silence, a witch appears from nowhere, picks up the camera, and turns it off.
Paranormal Activity: The Ghost Dimension
The movie opens with a scene from paranormal activity 3, where young Katie and Kristi are watching Dennis’s spine crushed by an unknown force. Grandma Lois takes girls upstairs while the camera is held by the entity. A man speaks to girls about “Toby” and how they are important to his plan.
Twenty-five years later in 2013, Ryan Fleege, his wife Emily, and their daughter Lelia are about to celebrate Christmas, when Ryan’s brother Mike along with his friend Skylar moves in. Skylar notices that Lelia is talking to an imaginary friend named “Toby”. While setting up the house Mike finds a box of video tapers, dating from 1988 and 1992, and a large video camera. Tapes have videos of young Katie and Kristi with their mother Julie and her boyfriend Dennis in 1988. The rest of the tapes is from 1992, where they are practicing supernatural abilities with a mysterious man in Lois’s house (grandmother). Ryan and Mike notice that both the girls are aware of the pair’s presence while they are watching videos simultaneously.
When Ryan was using the old video camera in the house, he notices that the camera captures spiritual beings as at the same time Leila is interacting with her imaginary friend Toby. He decides to record overnight and find several supernatural happenings in the house.
The following day, the couple discovers a concrete slab in the ground with Katie and Kristi and the year 1987 etched on it. They soon realize their house is built on the same property that Katie and Kristi used to live in 1992.
Leila becomes gradually less talkative and the couple calls Father Todd. Leila attacks Todd and he is convinced that ‘Toby’ is a demon linked to coven Midwives. When they investigate they find that the cult has killed a family in Nevada related to boy Hunter who was born on the same day as Leila. One of the tapes has Hunter in 1992, despite not being born until 2005. Ryan learns that Leila’s blood is needed to finish Toby’s transformation. Leila’s interaction with Toby opens a doorway into another world in which she disappears. Couple find her and move to a hotel.
Father Todd attempts to cleanse the house but is killed by the demon, leaving the family to finish the job. Ryan captures the demon in holy water-soaked white sheets. Soon, Leila returns to normal and they think demon has gone. But no, suddenly Skylar starts vomiting blood all over Mike which burns them both.
Leila flees, Ryan and Emily follow her but Ryan is killed by a large arm through his chest. Emily manages to follow Leila through the portal and arrives at Katie and Kristi’s house in 1992. There she pleads the demon Toby in its “human “version to spare Leila but is killed by him. Leila and Toby walk off as the camera cuts. Ending the movie with a complete story.
Untitled Seventh Film
Paramount announced the seventh installment of Paranormal Activity Series in June, 2019. The Seventh part of series is still untitled. Paramount announced in November,2019 that the seventh installment will be released on March 19,2021. So, fans have to wait for another year for the famous found footage horror series.
I watched the whole series and got terrified. The movies give a chill in the spine. They forced me to give a second thought to a ‘woosh’ of wind too. Especially the first part of the series is the best. It sets up the whole story for further series and is horrifying. With no proper opening credentials and sudden end in movies by the camera, falling is what that makes us thinking: what will be next? Or where are the unfound?
These questions are answered in the further part of the series that explores the past stories of the 1st part. The last part of the series ghost dimension has some cool camera effects but the movie does not stand up the title. As it does not show more of the dimension part. The wrapping up story could be better.
But apart from that the movie is a superhit in low budget horror and brings you chill.
So, beware when you sleep……..there maybe someone looking upon you….