ByCharlie Ridgely, writer at
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Charlie Ridgely

This week marks the release of the sixth and, hopefully, final installment of the Paranormal Activity franchise. There have been many ups and downs throughout the films, but at least they've kept up a solid storyline. Each film had their own scares and unforgettable moments, but each also had their fair share of disappointments as well. If the early reviews are any indication, Paranormal Activity: The Ghost Dimension won't be the best the franchise has had to offer, but I'll reserve judgement until I see it. Don't worry, I'll let you know as soon as I do. Until then, let's partake in everybody's favorite activity, judging other people's work!!! Here are all five films in the Paranormal franchise from worst to first.

5. Paranormal Activity 4

Let's be honest, there was nothing very memorable about the fourth installment of the series. They added Skype, but that was probably the only thing any of us can recall from the movie. Each of the other films had something to remember it by, Activity 4 kind of left us with nothing. Okay, so the kid was actually the one Katie took, big deal. The characters were very stock, the plot was virtually the same as it's predecessors, it was just kind of boring. While the information was vital to the franchise, we could've live without the film as a whole.

4. Paranormal Activity: The Marked Ones

The big thing this film has going for it, is simply the fact that it's different. The characters were dull, and the writing was probably poorest here than in all of the other films. Giving it different characters and a new setting almost seemed like a terrible idea, until the ending. The ending to this movie surprised everyone, and brought an entire franchise to life again. If not for the last ten minutes, which were ten of the best in all the films, Marked Ones would have been just as forgettable as number 5 on the list.

3. Paranormal Activity 2

While lacking much of the originality of the first film, the sequel did have some great moments. It may not have been quite as scary because it took many shots and concepts from the original, but it found a way to add some spice and keep us on our toes. The best part of this film was the choice to add the family dynamic. While the young couple from the first Paranormal was believable, adding in young children and pets were great ways to bring an extra level of terror.

2. Paranormal Activity 3

One of the only times I left a theater genuinely frightened was after seeing Paranormal Activity 3. The direction of this movie alone was enough to keep the whole audience on their toes. If the camera on the fan wasn't enough to sink you back into your chair, then surely the kitchen dropping from the ceiling made you jump out of it. Normally, I'm not a fan of prequels, but this one actually impressed me. Not to mention, this movie had arguably the best ending of the entire franchise. When that door is opened and those women are all waiting....OOOH! I'm getting chills now just writing about it! Easily my favorite film of the franchise, but not quite enough to top this list.

1. Paranormal Activity

While I love Paranormal 3, nothing comes close to the original. Between the marketing scheme and the footage of the test audiences, this movie separated itself from a stale horror genre. There were plenty of jump scares throughout, but the suspense built through it's dialogue and the incredible performances by it's leads propelled this film to another level. The originality of this franchise starter was enough to send Paranormal Activity, along with director Oren Peli, into the horror hall of fame. To think, so much was built, with just so little.


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