Micah, a day trader, and Katie, a student who claims that since her youth, a ghostly entity has haunted her, are a young couple “engaged to be engaged”. When Katie suggests the ghost has followed her to their two-story tract house in suburban San Diego, California, Micah buys a video camera in the hopes of capturing paranormal activity on film. Leaving the video camera on a tripod in their bedroom to record whatever might be occurring while he and Katie sleep, Micah manages to document several phenomena, such as objects moving on their own, lights and televisions switching on and off, and sounds ranging from voices and growls to footsteps and loud thuds. The strange occurrences in the middle of the night soon involve Katie awakening to spend several hours standing by the bed and staring at a sleeping Micah, and going outside to sit on the backyard swing, behavior she ultimately does not remember the following morning. Katie, already irritated by Micah’s amusement of the situation, becomes further infuriated when Micah brings home a Ouija board. Attempting to communicate with the entity was strongly discouraged during a previous visit to their house by Dr. Fredrichs, a psychic who assessed that they are being plagued by a demon which feeds off “negative energy” and is intent on haunting Katie no matter where she goes. Dr. Fredrichs also recommended the two contact Dr. Abrams, a demonologist, and Micah’s reluctance to do so leads to frequent arguments between the couple.

The activities begin to intensify. While the two are out of the house, a wind blows through the living room and the Ouija board’s planchette moves on its own before a small fire erupts and extinguishes on the board. Later, inhuman footprints are left in baby powder placed on the hallway floor by Micah. In the attic, Micah finds a charred photograph – previously thought to have been destroyed completely in a house fire – of a young Katie. The next night, the bedroom door slams itself shut and is accompanied by violent knocking and banging. Dr. Abrams is abroad when Micah finally agrees to invite him, so Dr. Fredrichs agrees to make a second house call. However, Dr. Fredrichs immediately has a sense of foreboding upon entering their home, and apologetically leaves despite Katie and Micah’s desperate pleas for him to stay and help.

That night, Katie is forcibly dragged out of bed and down the hallway by an invisible force. Hearing her screams, Micah gives chase and wrestles her away, and Katie emerges from the struggle with a gruesome bite mark on her back. Stressed and exhausted, the couple decide to go to a hotel room. After daytime events see a glass picture frame break and the portrait inside become scratched, and Katie gripping a crucifix so tightly that it bloodies her palm, a suddenly calm Katie insists to Micah that they instead remain at the house. That night, Katie, after once again awakening to stare at a sleeping Micah for several hours, goes down the stairs into the darkness, and begins screaming. Micah wakes up and runs to her, and the camera can only see the bedroom and dark hallway as it records the sounds of a struggle upon his arrival downstairs. Micah and Katie’s screams are cut short, and brief silence is followed by the sound of heavy footsteps coming up the stairs. Unexpectedly, Micah is hurled at the camera, knocking it over. Still filming, Katie slowly crawls into view, her face demonically contorted and her clothing covered in blood. She sniffs at Micah’s lifeless body, then smiles at the camera before lunging toward it as the screen cuts to black. An ending title card states that Micah’s body was discovered days later by the police, and Katie’s whereabouts remain unknown.

Starring – Katie Featherston, Micah Sloat.
Director/Screenplay – Oren Peli.
Official Sitehttp://www.paranormalactivity-movie.com/

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