I love a good, scary film, especially ones with supernatural goings-on and the more realistic, the better and PARANORMAL ACTIVITY didn't fail to frighten me and keep me thinking long after the credits had rolled.
The story is about a young couple - Micah and Katie - who move in together and within a few weeks strange things start happening during the night so Micah buys a camera and other recording equipment to try and capture the activity on film. It is all filmed through the perspective of the two lead characters using the hand-held camera and is all recorded in their house, making this feel extremely creepy and personal as you are really taken out of your comfort zone, particularly as a majority of the occurrences happen when they are sleeping. Not actually seeing the ghost or demon makes it also a lot more realistic as it is left to your imagination to what is actually going on.
The acting is spot-on, having a very slow build up near the beginning gave me time to get to know the characters a little bit and therefore care about what was happening to them later on. When the actual hauntings happen their performances are very believable, with real panic and fear (apparently the actors weren't entirely sure what was going to happen to them when it was filmed, so there is a lot of unrehearsed acting here). As the days go by and the hauntings get worse, it gets to the point near the end of the film where I was dreading what was going to happen next.
I think the scariest thing about this film is how it plays on your mind afterwards and made every knock and creak that I heard in my house whilst lying in bed kept me on edge and just couldn't get the creepy scenes out of my head. This is without a doubt one of the most chilling and genuinely creepy films I have ever seen and am so glad I went along with the hype and saw this as it was excellent. If you like a scare then I highly recommend this to you.