What then of the warning not to watch the film alone? Well, the thing is, had I watched the film alone then I might have been spared the embarrassment of having my entire family see me screaming three times in quick succession at the end of the film. The ending is pretty good and quite a surprise so I found myself screaming for the first time in years!
The region 2 release has an audio commentary with Oren Peli and the original ending to the film too. I really prefer the way the film ended in the theatrical release and I am glad that they changed the ending after initial screenings. The best of the special features is the “Film Your Own Paranormal Activity” short film winners. At the end of the UK screenings of the film, viewers were encouraged to shoot their own paranormal short films. You can view all of the three-minute entries at Icon’s Prepare To Be Scared YouTube channel but the UK DVD and Blu-Ray release features the ten finalists in the competition.
Would I recommend Paranormal Activity? Definitely. It is short, thrilling, and scary, just like a good horror should be. Whereas Blair Witch Project was underwhelming after all the hype, Paranormal Activity actually is that scary and certainly worth a viewing.