Aside from the praise I give this franchise for starting out with a groundbreaking first film, which was made on a shoe-string budget, it’s already in my good graces because it’s my favorite genre of horror: the psychological thriller.
Now, this third film in the franchise is a prequel to the first two films, taking place almost two decades before them. Shot in a way to mimic pro-grade camcorders from the 1980’s, viewers aren’t given the crisp HD picture or the nice resolution of a home security camera in which we saw in the first two films. However, this turned out to be one of the thing’s that was most enjoyable about the flick. The grainy texture from the mock-video tapes that the events of the movie were shot on adds an element of realism and helps boost some of the tense and scary scenes.
Another thing that was done well was the overall simplicity; it took some of the main elements from a good psychological thriller and weaved them in to fit with their plot. Now a lot of people across the interwebs are griping about the big climax and the last 20 minutes of the film. And it’s understandable how it could be a love it or hate it ending, but for what it’s worth, the last 20 or so minutes are by far the scariest in all of the first 3 films.
If you haven’t seen Paranormal Activity or Paranormal Activity 2, you won’t be completely lost, as ‘3’ works as a nicely plotted horror flick, but if you have seen the first two, it will leave you with less questions at the end, and works as a great tie in for this initial trilogy. However, with the way this film ends, and the fact that this franchise will continue to rake in money, I don’t see this being the end to Paranormal Activity.
Here’s to hoping they can pull it off a few more times.
I give Paranormal Activity 3