Happy Paranormal Day – Here Are 5 Movies You Should Watch
Did you know today, May 3rd, is National Paranormal Day? On this day each year, people who believe in paranormal activities are encouraged to get together and share their experiences with each other. American writer Charles Fort is considered by many as the father of modern paranormalism; he compiled at least 40,000 notes on unexplained paranormal experiences, from teleportation to poltergeist events, unaccountable noises and explosions, levitation, unidentified flying objects, and mysterious appearances and disappearances. Then, there were paranormal investigators Ed and Lorraine Warren whose stories of hauntings have inspired dozens of films, TV shows and documentaries – most notably 17 films in the Amityville Horror series and five films in The Conjuring Universe.
If you’re a horror film fan, this is the day for you as ghosts, monsters, demons, aliens, and terrifying hauntings are among the most popular horror film topics of all time. Here are 5 films that we’re including in our Paranormal Day film marathon:
- Rating: 83% Rotten Tomatoes and 6.3/10 IMDB
- Stars: Micah Sloat, Katie Featherston
- Directed by: Oren Peli
No Paranormal Day film list would be complete without the first Paranormal Activity film. The film follows Katie and Micah, a young couple who have recently moved into a new home in the suburbs and begin to experience a disturbing supernatural presence living with them. They set up video cameras around the house to capture the horror as it happens and are soon petrified by what they encounter.
- Rating: 85% Rotten Tomatoes and 7.5/10 IMDB
- Stars: Patrick Wilson, Vera Farmiga, Lili Taylor, Ron Livingston
- Directed by: James Wan
The first entry – and by far the spookiest -- into The Conjuring Universe stars Vera Farmiga and Patrick Wilson as real-life paranormal investigators and demonologists Lorraine and Ed Warren and tells their experience on a terrifying job after the pair are summoned to the home of Carolyn and Roger Perron who have come into contact with an evil spirit.
- Rating: 64% Rotten Tomatoes and 6.8/10 IMDB
- Stars: Ethan Hawke
- Directed by: Scott Derrickson
Ethan Hawke stars as true-crime writer Ellison Oswalt who’s desperate for a hit after his last bestseller was a decade ago. He moves his family into a home where the previous residents hanged themselves, hoping their mysterious demise will be enough to get him back on the bestseller’s list. However, things take a horrifying twist after he discovers a film projector and an 8mm home movie of the hanging along with other families and their horrific deaths.
Drag Me To Hell
- Rating: 92% Rotten Tomatoes and 6.6/10 IMDB
- Stars: Alison Lohman and Justin Long
- Directed by: Sam Raimi
In an attempt to impress her boss, Los Angeles loan officer Christine Brown refuses to extend a loan to gypsy woman Mrs Ganush. In retaliation, Mrs Ganush places a curse on Christine, dooming her to eternal damnation. Christine seeks a physic’s help in breaking the curse but as her torment escalates, she realises that the price to save her soul is more than she can afford to pay.
- Rating: 66% Rotten Tomatoes and 6.9/10 IMDB
- Stars: Patrick Wilson and Rose Byrne
- Directed by: James Wan
James Wan makes another appearance on our list, this time in the Insidious Universe. In the first chapter of this film series, we learn that ghosts and demons, which exist in a place called The Further, are desperate to inhabit the living body of astral projectors whose spirit departs their physical form when they sleep. After a young boy falls into a comatose state that doctors cannot explain, his concerned parents seek the help of Elise Rainer in stopping him from being possessed by malicious spirits.
What horror movies are you watching this Paranormal Day?