Mini-Review: Paranormal Activity 3: I Liked


Kids - Good or Bad?

I’ll never forget watching the first Paranormal Activity. I heard the hype and IMO, it was something new and different. I don’t care what you or anyone else thought of it. It scared the shit out of me and I loved every second of it. My eyes were glued to the TV. I refused to blink. OMG…so scared.

The sequel was good, relying more on jumps than scares IMO but it was enjoyable. There were a few solid scenes in it. I found the third film to be even better; the final half hour was intense and excellent. If you didn’t care for the first, the next two wouldn’t do much for you, but I ate it all up. I watched in the dark, alone, and it was fantastic.

Spoilers BTW

Sadly, the real magic of the first film was never found again. Much like in most sequels, the additional characters and therefore reduction in each’s development, leaves me caring less about them all. Sure, there aren’t many in PA3, but for the most part, a little girl running around at night is simply not very scary.

However as the movie came to a close, there were a number of memorable scenes. The babysitter scene (wow!), the second Bloody Mary scene (AHH!), the holding-up-by-her-hair scene, then the jumpy kitchen scene (holy shit!). At the grandmother’s house, I figured out she was sketchy, but sat at the edge of my seat waiting to see how that final scene played out. WHERE IS EVERYBODY??? Then those people in the garage? CREEPY! The final moments wouldn’t have been my choice for the epic finale, but I loved it all.

What I don’t love is how reviewers slam a movie like this saying it’s no better than the predecessor (which they gave 1/2 star to as well). I don’t watch horror movies at all anymore. (I grew up on them.) When I do watch a thriller/horror, I want to be creeped out, spooked and frightened. PA3 trumped part 2, wasn’t as good as 1, but was better than most, and that’s enough for me!!!

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