A salute to Paranormal Activity
Although The Blair Witch Project could be credited with bringing the found-footage horror movie to the mainstream, Paranormal Activity was the catalyst for the genre's explosion. Since its release in 2007, legions of copycats have given the found-footage treatment to several classic horror genres, including sci-fi (Cloverfield, Spain's [REC] and its American counterpart Quarantine), exorcism horrors (The Last Exorcism) and even space thrillers (Apollo 18).? [ Read more ]
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While Paranormal Activity was made in 2006, it did not reach audiences until 2009. [REC], Cloverfield, and Quarantine all were released before Paranormal Activity. To say these films were copycats is wrong, since they had no idea of the film until 2009 when it was picked up by Paramount.
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