Seriously, I cannot tell you how many times I have looked online for a list of movies like Paranormal Activity found footage horror films, but none of the lists I found seemed at all satisfying. They either had films that were not of the found footage genre, or even if they were, they were nothing like Paranormal Activity. So, I decided to make a list of my own.
Yes, I am aware of the way people groan and say “Another found footage movie?” or “Are they still making more movies in the Paranormal Activity series” because yeah, some of them are truly awful. Even within the PA series, there are some yawn-worthy moments. But I still love the genre and I know there are others like me too. When I watched the first movie, it really felt like someone had taken my specific likes into consideration and made a movie based solely on those. I love the idea of found footage and especially the whole haunting angle so these movies are perfect. You can read more about that in Why Do We Love Paranormal Activity?
I originally started compiling this list when Paranormal Activity 3 was released. Since then the PA series has grown by several more movies and with each one, dozens of similar movies have been made by other filmmakers.
After years of watching just about every possession and haunting found footage movie that has been released, here is my own list of top movies like Paranormal Activity found footage horror films. The list originally began with 5 movies, but it is growing and updated every time I come across one that deserves to be added. I’m still waiting for one that rivals Paranormal Activity but I know there are many people like me who love this much maligned genre, and these are for you.