Our minds race when we sleep, its only natural. But after watching a scary movie like Paranormal Activity 3, your mind is way more likely to take the express train to nightmare hell. Sadly its taken spending the last three Octobers being scared $hitless by a movie that has the same producer, same general plot and same type of actors (unknowns)… for me to realize that despite its many criticisms, this series has been beast!
Now I won’t pretend I’m a huge box office expert, but you’ve gotta give credit where credit is due. I mean let’s face it, we’ve all experienced the phenomenon known as “third movie curse” at least once by the time we reach adulthood. Whether its action, fantasy, drama or especially horror, many a respected and well-known film franchise has fallen victim to this curse, making a complete mess of the silver screen. I’m happy to be able to write about a horror franchise that has escaped that curse. Like a lone survivor amongst so many other franchises that just didn’t make it, one series shines as a beacon of hope for all those who stopped believing that the third movie in a series could be any good.
(Pause for brief history lesson)
In 2007 an Israeli videogame programmer and soon to be movie producer extraordinaire named Oren Peli sought to make a film about one of the most scary things in existence…things that happen while we sleep. By the end of his imagining, Peli had a film chronicling the story of two recently engaged lovebirds discovering a great evil within their home. With no music, no overtly flashy effects or experienced director, Paranormal Activity was released on Oct. 16, 2009 scaring audiences across America $hitless and grossing about $33million. (#Winning for a movie that only cost around $11,000 to make)
Fast-forward to October of 2010 and the team does it again, constructing a terror monger with the same techniques used by Peli in his first film. Paranormal Activity 2 focused on the sister of the
victim star of the first film and despite having a new director, Peli’s producing made sure the film maintained its maddeningly suspenseful style, further continuing the success of the franchise and scaring up $40.7 million upon opening weekend.
Fade in to present day and the third leg of the series is in full effect breaking records for the franchise ($52 million opening weekend), and horror films ($8 million on its midnight release alone) successfully PWNing the 3rd movie curse! So if you too are interested in being scared by a multitude of things including: 80’s hair, jean skirts, oscillating fans or inter-dimensional demons hell bent on absolute destruction, you should go check out Paranormal Activity 3 cause its still in theaters and its still scary.