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Thursday, October 27, 2011

Paranormal Activity 3

I have always been a fan of horror movies since the release of The Ring somewhere 2003. From that time on, I managed to develop a certain resistance to horror movies. Paranormal Activity 1 never failed me on my first viewing and I consider it as one of the most successful horror films ever made. The first installment was only made with only $10-15k and was able to make money in the box office. No one dared to touch the film until Spielberg's Dreamworks decided to put the film into the test and eventually they made a lot of profit from the movie. Now, they are turning it into a franchise, just like Halloween and Friday the 13th. The first film was a success both on the box office and delivering a chilling horror film. PA2 (Paranormal Activity 2) was then released with heightened anticipation however, I personally do not find the sequel that good, it is watchable but not certainly a movie you can put on a shelf as part of your DVD collection.

Paranormal Activity 3 is somewhat different from the previous 2 films which consist mainly of events which happened on a single timeline. PA3 on the other hand, has back stories and has more characters in it and allowed more in depth character development. It seems that the producers wants to tell a story and not just report the events that has happened inside the house. PA3 dwells on a family of 4 who recently settled into their brand new home. A typical family until things become a bit creepy. They filmed the whole house for the whole time and found out eerie situations.

The first 30 minutes of the movie consists of character build up however, it has become so disconnected that I find it boring. Everyone wanted to get scared and I was waiting for the moment. It was not until on the second half that I was able to feel the tension. Unlike in the previous PA, this one dwells too much on building up familial relations which has no connection to the story whatsoever. The events that lead to the climax does not even follow the relationships that was established in the first part of the movie.

The actors who played in the movie could've been more believable.This is one of the weakness of the franchise: selecting unknown actors who could not play the part that well. One exception are the kids who played in this movie.

Although there is an incorporation of twists in this movie which is somewhat new to the franchise, PA3 succeeded in its mission to scare you out.

GRADE: C+


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