Without a doubt the best horror-sequel ever made.
I wasn't planning on giving Paranormal Activity 3 a perfect score, but waking up in the morning after a long night of staring up at the ceiling I discovered that a movie actually had a strange affect on me. What really drives me crazy about the entire experience is that throughout the film (and after the credits) I didn't expect to even remember half the film the next day. Since seeing the movie, I've thought of nothing but! Just about everything the film does to execute its premise is brilliant and it certainly proves itself as the best of the three. After an overrated original and a miserable sequel, Paranormal Activity 3 brings out the true meaning behind what horror should be.
After their success on last year's doc*mentary Catfish, filmmakers Henry Joost and Ariel Schulman have been handed over the key to the Paranormal Activity films with a set-up crafted brilliantly. While the first two films also had the same unique set-up, Joost and Schulman create a vibrant atmosphere that really brings out the intensity of the film. The way some of the scenes are played-out also is probably one of the best features Paranormal Activity provides. Each and every scene builds up to a certain moment that has the audience in fear throughout the entire running-time. While some scenes may build up to nothing, it's the intensity and questions running through your head in that time-frame that really scare you to your highest degree. And with all that, I promise you there are more than one instances in the film where you'll jump out of your seat. For me that doesn't happen quite too often and I can't even remember how many times I shivered in my boots.
Feed 1 (Movie theater):
Here's a funny story. You've all been waiting for it, right? I was the closet person to the screen in the theater only because I wanted to stay as far from people as possible. I hate having to hear reactions from people during horror-films, mostly because every time something shocking happens they'll laugh it off for a good minute to show that they are not pussies. The trailers are rolling and I'm very comfortable in the atmosphere I've created for myself. In come three hot chicks right around my age. It was a "WTF" moment I couldn't control. The movie starts to roll and all I'm thinking is, "Sweet Jesus, if I jump out of my seat at any moment during this movie these girls will think I'm a giant p*ssy." I just couldn't control the fear this movie poisoned me with. While these girls laughed off the fear, I had to bite my nails because I forgot to buy popcorn.
If there is one thing that I do love about this trilogy it's the storyline. These films are crafted quite well and I especially love how each film travels backwards in time. Being able to see how the activity began with Katie and Krista as little girls was very interesting. The first two films created a lot of questions for the audience that led back to what happened when they were children. While the movie does answer a lot of those questions we've been looking for, it crafts much more questions that'll be sure to confuse you until Paranormal Activity 4 comes out. Here's the most important question though: Where will Paranormal Activity 4 stand? Who will it focus on? What year will it take place? Will it go back in time? How far back? Will it feature Katie or Krista at any age in their lives? These questions rolled through my brain like a hurricane and for the first time I cannot wait to see what the next movie has in store for us.
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-Written by Corey Wood
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