Excerpt: A few years ago history was made when “Paranormal Activity” made its debut to the tune of over $100 million at the box office. The film was made on a shoestring budget and no doubt Paramount (the distributor) was happy when the numbers started to roll in. As is the case with anything and everything that makes money in Hollywood, there was soon a “Paranormal Activity 2″ which didn’t do much different.
Excerpt: The Movie I don't jump on trends, and I'm a little skeptical of sequels. And yet Paranormal Activity 3 is one of the scariest movies I've seen in a long time. We start abruptly, without so much as a glimpse of the standard Paramountain that reminds us "It's only a movie." The year is 2005 and we see a pregnant, now-familiar Kristi as she agrees to hold a box of old VHS tapes for her sister Katie.
Excerpt: Henry Joost and Ariel Schulman made a name for themselves with 2010's Catfish , a documentary about the shocking relationship between Schulman's brother and a woman he met online. Almost as soon as it was released, people accused the filmmakers of either manipulating the events in the film or making it all up. Joost and Schulman continue to insist everything is true.
Conclusion: That it follows two similar movies prevents Paranormal Activity 3 from the kind of attention and acclaim it'd get as a standalone film. But the franchise has remained surprisingly impervious to the quality declines most horror series experience. I suspect that this fall's installment won't draw crowds quite as big and if so, there may only be another movie or two to get out of this brand and concept.
Summary: Enormous, creepy fun. The extras are very thin on the ground, though, so we could well be looking at a double-dip in the not-too-distant future. Whatever. Pop the disc in, turn out the lights, crank the sound, and watch first-time viewers cry for their parents.
Conclusion: Yes, Paranormal Activity 3 does have some very effective scares and a few scenes are creepy to the extreme, but that doesn’t save the film from having boring adult characters. Why should I have been made to care about these grown ups? The kids were more interesting, and so was the demonic force torturing them. Those were the films biggest strengths.
Summary: It feeds off your fear. There's something to be said for cinematic symmetry, which the Paranormal Activity series definitely has going for it. Rather than take the 1980s Horror formula of simply plopping random, interchangeable characters into the middle of the same old story that serves only to give each successive movie a different cast roster from its predecessors, Paranormal Activity nobly attempts to weave together a cohesive, singular tale that, with the release of...
Excerpt: After a brief bookend to get Katie Featherston into the movie (no complaints here), the action leaps back to a time when tapes were in. Sisters Katie (Chloe Csengery) and Kristi (Jessica Tyler Brown) live with their mother, Julie (Lauren Bittner) and her new beau Dennis (Christopher Nicholas Smith), who has a gig recording wedding videos. They've just moved into a new home, and Dennis is hearing noises.
Excerpt: Among the many lessons the Paranormal Activity movies have taken from The Blair Witch Project —the docu-horror concept, no-budget resourcefulness, the use of offscreen space, the escalating night-by-night scares, the naturalistic performances—the most important, in terms of longevity, was not to make Blair Witch 2 .