Featuring the young girls Katie and Kristi from Paranormal Activity 3 in home video, it looks like Katie’s character will be reprised in this version too.
With exceptional use of the “home video” style shooting, Paranormal Activity 4 shows a girl Skyping her friend as a shadow teleports from outside her home to right behind her (see photo above).
What always amazes me about this film franchise is how they bend and play with your mind so much that we as an audience create the horror inside our own heads and all the film needs to do this is to include clever use of imagery and sound. -SOUND is what really creates emotion and in particular, horror and terror. -Watch Alfred Hitchcock classics for examples of how he uses sound and music to really terrify us. Watch any horror movie on mute and the effect will mostly be lost.
‘The Blair Witch Project’ is the film that really started off this “reality” horror type craze in films, and ever since, they has been some of the most successful horror films in the industry. Take into account the low budget needed to make the films and then the huge Box Office success it brings, it’s a no-brainer as to why projects such as these are in demand.
I’d say take that into account when writing your next horror script, production companies will more likely love the fact that your script will cost next to nothing to make but may reap in millions of profit for them.
Some things to consider when writing a low budget reality horror script:
*Minimize the locations (one room or one house is key)
*Minimize the characters
*Maximize visual keys for horror effect
*Maximize and detail key sound/noises for horror effect
*Add in unexpected twists and never-been-seen-before scenes (Remember Paranormal Activity 3, where she left the fully furnished room, only to come back in and see all the furniture had disappeared before falling down from above).
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