Paranormal Activity is an American supernatural horror film series which basically focus on families that are haunted by a demon. The demon haunting the family on each film starts with stalking the members of the family, causing terrifying incidents, until the members or bystanders are killed one by one.
In the movies, the production consisted of using set up cameras, security cameras, and other recording devices to make the films appear as found footage. The first and third movies were positively review, while the second film received lukewarm reception. Critics mostly did not favor the fourth and sixth installments of the Paranormal Activity film series.
PARANORMAL ACTIVITY (2007)
Paranormal Activity is set in 2006, when the couple Katie and Micah move in to their new home in San Diego, California. A demon then haunts their home, and Katie greatly thinks that the creature was the same demon that has been following her all her life. The film appeared as a found footage, which was shot by Micah.
PARANORMAL ACTIVITY 2 (2010)
Paranormal Activity is also set in 2006 and happens in Carlsbad, California. The story starts a few weeks before the events of the first film, and it feature Katie’s sister, Kristi Rey, and her family. After Kristi’s son, Hunter, is born, the family starts experiencing strange things around their house. The film was shot using security and hand-held cameras.
PARANORMAL ACTIVITY 3 (2011)
Paranormal Activity 3 is set in 1988, the time when the young Katie and Kristi were still living with their mother Julie, and her boyfriend, Dennis. Residing in Santa Rosa, California, the sisters first encounters the demon named “Toby.” To observe the strange things that were happening around their house, Dennis set up cameras, with one of them being attached to an oscillating fan. Hand-held cameras were also used in the film.
PARANORMAL ACTIVITY 4 (2012)
Paranormal Activity 4 is set in 2011, the time when Katie and her son Robbie, moves across the street from Alex Nelson and his family’s home in Henderson, Nevada. The film was shot using MacBook webcams, iPhone, video cameras, and Kinect technology.
PARANORMAL ACTIVITY: THE MARKED ONES (2014)
Paranormal Activity: The Marked Ones is set in 2012 and focuses on a group of high school graduates in Oxnard, California who are trying to deal with a demon which was used on their “marked” member by a mysterious cult. The film was shot using the commonly used tools for video recording, and some clues from the previous films were also provided.
PARANORMAL ACTIVITY: THE GHOST DIMENSION (2015)
The film is set in 2013 and focuses on the Fleeges family, who have just moved to California. The family discovers the tapes of Katie and Kristi as they were about to join a demonic coven through an initiation ritual 21 years ago. Afterward, the daughter, Leila, was haunted by the demon. The scenes were shot using common video recording tools, and the family used a specialized recorded which can display supernatural events in the environment.
DEVELOPMENT OF THE FILM SERIES
Though he was greatly afraid of ghosts, Oren Peli set about on developing the film series and he started with constructing the set and researching on the related topics. Film crew was not needed during the production of the films as most were shot using hand-held cameras, making the movie more plausible in the eyes of the audience. The actors did not need a formal script and employed restroscipting throughout the production of the film. Shooting the movie lasted for a night and the effects were only added until the film was being processed for finalization.
Oren Peli was the producer for Paranormal Activity 2, and Kip Williams served as director.
Paranormal Activity 3 and 4 had Henry Joost and Ariel Schulman as directors, who first made names with their work, Catfish.
Paranormal Activity: The Marked Ones was produced by Oren Peli and written and directed by Christopher B. Landon.
Paranormal Activity: The Ghost Dimension was produced by Oren Peli and directed by the first-time director, Gregory Plotkin.