Paranormal Activity is Terrifying. And Awesome.

That’s it.

I was more than a little hesitant to buy into the hype surrounding the recent horror flick, Paranormal Activity. A faux documentary based on footage recorded by Micah Sloat and Katie Featherston (fictionalized versions of the actors portraying them). It tells the story of three weeks in the couple’s life as they are threatened by a terrifying paranormal force they struggle to both comprehend and eliminate.

The film has no title card, nor opening or closing credits. We read, instead, that Paramount wishes to thank the Sloat and Featherston Families, as well as the San Diego Police Department, for allowing them to release the footage in this manner. It’s a chilling way to begin and dashes any hopes of a happy ending, but as is the case with some of the best movies out there, we aren’t here to find out what happened to the characters, but why and how.

Those who are fans of violence or gore will definitely be disappointed, but true horror need not offer anything more than suggestion or unsettling imagery and this is a great example of ‘less is more’–especially considering it was made on a budget of only $15,000. And even if Paranormal Activity doesn’t push the right buttons to scare you, it still offers the brave a brilliantly assembled indie film that’s sure to stay with you in one way or another.

This is one you won’t want to miss. Check out the trailer below.