Paranormal Activity | Ranking from worst to best film

Released in 2007, the first film Paranormal activity started a franchise that would become one of the most profitable in cinema. This happened because the feature (and the ones that came after) was created from a low budget and managed to become a box office success, raising more than US$ 193 million, against an investment of only US$ 15 thousand.

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In addition, the franchise introduced viewers to a subgenre, until then, little explored in horror: found footage, which basically consists of telling the story through recordings that seem amateur, like those made at home.

This gave the films more veracity and gave the audience the feeling that they were inside that haunted house. However, by repeatedly exploring the same narrative, the franchise lost steam and ended up displeasing both audiences and experts.

It was with this in mind that the canaltech decided to rank the films of Paranormal activity to find out which one is worse and which one is better.

7. Paranormal Activity 6: Ghost Dimension

Released in 2015, when the franchise was already losing the rest of its strength, Paranormal Activity: Ghost Dimension it didn’t pan out and only garnered a 15% positive rating from experts on Rotten Tomatoes.

The consensus was that the film ends some open arcs of the saga, but it doesn’t have any more scares to deliver, since viewers are already used to the story.

Speaking of history, the film’s plot accompanies Ryan Fleege (Chris J. Murray) in a new home with his family. At the site, he finds a box with several VHS tapes, the contents of which disturb those who watch them. Soon after, he also finds a camera that is capable of recording the paranormal phenomena that happen in the place.

Without much news or any gimmicks, the feature was directed by Gregory Plotkin and featured Chris J. Murray, Brittany Shaw and Olivia Taylor Dudley in the cast. Anyone who wants to watch it can find it on Apple TV, Microsoft and Google Play.

6. Paranormal Activity 4


Three years before the worst movie ever Paranormal activity arrive in theaters, volume 4 was released, which would also become one of the worst in the franchise.

Directed by Ariel Schulman and Henry Joost, and produced with a modest budget of US$ 5 million (about R$ 25 million), the film had only 23% approval from critics on Rotten Tomatoes and the verdict that it failed to surprise , and even brought back characters that added nothing to the story.

The synopsis of the film tells that, five years after the disappearance of Katie and Hunter (characters that are seen in the previous features), a suburban family in the United States witnesses supernatural events when a woman and her strange son move into the neighborhood.

If you want to give such a story a chance, find the film on Apple TV+, Microsoft and Google Play.

5. Paranormal Activity 7


Surprising almost all fans of the saga, Paranormal activity launched, in 2021, a reboot that managed to be a little less worse than the last ones that had been made available.

This is volume 7, also called Paranormal Activity: Close Entitywhich was directed by William Eubank (Deep Threat) and told the story of Margot, a young woman who travels to an Amish community with her film crew to record a documentary.

Her objective was to get more information about her mother and her family, since she was abandoned as a baby, but, arriving at the place, she realizes that she is not as safe as she thought and that her life is in danger.

Starring Emily Bader, Kirby Johnson and Dan Lippert, the film achieved 30% positive reviews from specialized critics and can currently be watched on Apple TV, Microsoft Store, Google Play and Globoplay.

4. Paranormal Activity 5: Marked by Evil


With a slightly better evaluation than the others mentioned above, but still leaving something to be desired, Paranormal activity marked by evil ranks fourth on our list.

The plot, which was directed by Christopher B. Landon, tells the story of Jesse, a woman who begins to experience supernatural phenomena shortly after her neighbor dies. Following the same premise of using dark forces with experimental footage, the feature won a 39% approval from experts, and the consensus was that a change of scenery was good for the franchise, but it was not enough to sustain it.

Who wants to watch Paranormal activity marked by evilfind it on Apple TV, Claro Video and Google Play.

3. Paranormal Activity 2


Incredibly, the second film of Paranormal activity it was less successful than the first and the third, entering a limbo and becoming just average. Directed by Todd Williams (american loser), the plot follows the Reys family in a new home, this time in Southern California.

What they couldn’t imagine, however, was that the place was already occupied. Arriving home one day, they find the residence completely vandalized and vandalized and decide to install cameras to film the invaders. It turns out that what they see on the recordings is something much more disturbing than they could have imagined.

Starring Sprague Grayden and Molly Ephraim, the film scored a 57% critics’ rating and can be watched on Apple TV, the Microsoft Store and Google Play.

2. Paranormal Activity 3


Launched in 2011, Paranormal Activity 3 is a prequel to the first two and tells of Katie and Kristi’s supernatural experiences as children. Set in 1988, the film stars Katie Featherston, Sprague Grayden and Lauren Bittner.

On Rotten Tomatoes, the film did not do badly with critics, achieving a 66% approval. With the general public, the result was not so positive and it was approved by only 51% of people who wrote a review on the site.

If you want to watch Paranormal Activity 3you can find it on Claro Video, Google Play, Apple TV and Microsoft Store.

1. Paranormal Activity


Finally we come to the best film in the saga Paranormal activityand it is no surprise that the winner is precisely the first feature.

Directed by Oren Peli (51 area), the work innovated cinema by presenting a simple narrative, but which managed to hold attention and scare viewers. The low budget — only US$ 15,000 (about R$ 74,000) was invested — was offset by the set of cameras that purposely gave the impression that the film was amateurish.

In the cast were Katie Featherston, Micah Sloat, Mark Fredrichs, Ashley Palmer, Amber Armstrong, among others, and the plot told the story of a couple — Kate and Micah — who decide to install cameras in the house where they live to understand where the noises come from. who listen at night.

It turns out that when watching the recordings, they are startled by frightening supernatural creatures.

With 83% approval from the specialized critics, the first Paranormal activity it was a good start for the franchise that unfortunately ran out of steam as it repeated the same formula over and over again.

If you want to watch it, you can find it on Apple TV.

Bonus: Paranormal Activity – Tokyo


A lot of people don’t know, but the franchise of Paranormal activity had a long call Tokyo which was released in 2010. The plot followed the same premise as usual and followed Haruka Yamano, a young woman who was investigating strange activities that happened to her sister. From that, she decides to install cameras in the house and discovers that they are supernatural creatures.

Directed by Toshikazu Nagae, and starring Aoi Nakamura and Noriko Aoyama, the film managed 30% positive ratings from average audiences on Rotten Tomatoes and was not even rated by experts.

The film is available on Prime Video and Google Play.

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