When Paranormal Activity was released, I had no real interest in seeing it. I thought it would be just another one of those "found footage" movies that was attempting to be like The Blair Witch Project. I ended up watching it and I found it to be boring and uneventful. The acting wasn't very good and the movie just wasn't scary. Now that I have this blog I basically had to review the new Paranormal Activity 3 movie that's being released although I didn't want to. Many people believe that the films that come after their originals aren't ain't as good. That way of thinking appears to be true in most cases, but I was hoping that Paranormal Activity 3 would be one of the few exceptions to that rule.
Paranormal Activity 3 is a prequel to the original film. It features Kate and Kristi as children back in September of 1988. Its goal is to give a back story to the first two films and help us understand how all of this came to be in that family.
In my review of Apollo 18, I remember saying that the movie was okay but they needed to stop with these "found footage" horror films. After seeing Paranormal Activity 3 I will gladly take that back. This movie was straight up spooky and creepy. They did everything in this film that they tried (and failed) to do in the original version. The way they set up the scenes and scares in this film worked almost every time. You could feel it coming, but you didn't know what it was and you didn't know when it was going to happen. That kind of suspense built up the actual events even more and it went on for the whole film with almost no. down time. It's even done like this at the end of Paranormal Activity 3 and what happens will catch you completely off guard.
These actors were probably the best in the series so far. They were believable in their roles and you either felt everything they felt or you saw what they felt or experienced. They showed you the perspective of pretty much every within character and I think that added to the overall development of the film. As many scares as they tried to put in this movie, the characters made it even more realistic. When I think about it, even the comedic spots they were involved in fit perfectly and felt natural.
Paranormal Activity 3 is definitely one of the best scary movies that I've ever seen before in my entire life. They didn't use any gore and you couldn't really see the ghostly entity that was wreaking havoc. This movie used tension, fear and the unknown as its most important weapons. They used all of those along with a good cast to marvelously tell the story. I thought these "found footage" movies had run their course and I was certain that my review of this movie would be a bad one. I went into this movie with a negative attitude and came out of it with a huge smile on my face. I don't scare easily, goal Paranormal Activity 3 almost got me at least a few times... almost.
Christopher Nicholas Smith
Jessica Tyler Brown
Film Length: 84 minutes
Release Date: October 21, 2011
Distributor: Paramount Pictures