Paranormal Activity (2007)
As Hollywood was peddling Scream rip-offs around the time Blair Witch came out, it was a surprising amount of time before another found footage saga hit the big time. Paranormal Activity, though, didn’t so much replicate the beats of its influencer as create a behemoth all of its own. Charting the story of a couple tormented by a malevolent poltergeist, the film also starred unknowns but mixed the creeping terror of Blair Witch with some seriously effective jump scares and cleverly un-showy special effects, launching a franchise of its own (of admittedly variable quality).
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