By Rich Helmin
With Halloween coming closer and closer, it was the perfect time for the producers of the “Paranormal Activity” series to release the third movie!
“Paranormal Activity 3” was released last Thursday at midnight and did a decent job scaring the audience during its opening weekend. According to Internet Movie Database, “Paranormal Activity 3” earned an estimate of eight million dollars from midnight showings at 2,200 locations. It beat out “Paranormal Activity 2,” which made about six million during its midnight opening. It seems as though the series’ popularity is growing as expectations rise from movie to movie.
Instead of going forward, part three takes a step backwards into the 1980s to show the audience how it all began. The movie starts off by introducing the two main sisters, Katie Featherson (Katie) and Sprague Grayden (Kristi Rey), as little girls and delineates how they first started to see the abnormal paranormal activities that are going on.
Like the past paranormal films, the movie was filmed on a hand held camera and involves no music. This is one of the main reasons why audiences are interested in the film—it keeps them on the edge of their seat. It’s unique in the sense that it’s not their basic “slasher” horror film. As soon as nighttime hits, the audience knows that something is about to happen. At this point they already feel goose bumps tingling on their skin, but they still have to be kept on edge because something is probably going to make them jump.
Another great thing about the movie was the acting. The acting had to be on its game during this particular movie because of the way it was filmed. If the actors didn’t give it their best, the movie would have looked like a home video. It actually made people question whether or not this was real footage. When I saw the first “Paranormal Activity,” I thought it was actual footage because of the way the acting was played out. I then checked the rating of the movie online and to my surprise, it turned out that the people in the movie were actors! With having the perfect film style and acting, it goes to show that the footage can really go a long way.
I thought this was a great movie! I found it to be unlike all the other horror movies I have seen previous to this, which makes me love it all the more. The two best features were the fact that it was filmed on a handheld and the fact that there wasn’t any background music. The film style reminds me of the original “Dracula” (1931) starring Bela Lugosi. It reminded me of that particular film because “Dracula” has no music in the film, which makes it more suspenseful and creepy, especially when something is about to happen. It’s the best to see the Paranormal films at the theater because it feels like a thrill ride. The theater gives it more suspense because you get to experience other audience members with their reactions. I would definitely recommend this movie to anyone who wants to be scared in the spirit of Halloween!