Is The Movie Paranormal Activity Real?
In cinemas from September 2007, Paranormal Activity was an independent supernatural horror film about the existence of ghosts and the particular spirit haunting the home of its main characters. The film was made on a shoe-string budget but eventually took over $190 million worldwide, such that it is believed to be one of the most profitable movies that was ever made.
The plot of Paranormal Activity focuses on a young couple who are documenting the problems they're experiencing with a poltergeist in their home. The audience is shown the footage they record of each other during the day as well as chilling night-vision images of things going bump in their bedroom while they sleep.
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So Is It Real?
Paranormal Activity is filmed in the style of "found footage", purporting to be true, documentary evidence of the existence of ghosts. This technique, coupled with the amount of improvisation the actors used, as well as the fact that they shared names with their characters, led many viewers to speculate that they might actually be watching a true story. However, this element of reality is just an additional level of mystery added into the film by its producers to increase the fear and hysteria the film produces in its audience. By creating the suggestion that Paranormal Activity is a real story, and by suggesting that they are used real footage when making Paranormal Activity, its creators were merely seeking to make their movie more scary.
But the truth is that the film does not portray real life Paranormal Activity and it does not show real life ghosts, it's merely a well-constructed story. The director, Oren Peli, deliberately chose unknown actors in order to perpetuate the myth that the film was based on real life events. As evidence of Paranormal Activity being fiction, three different endings of the film exist; surely something that could not happen if the film were a true story.