Now that the long month of October is over, and we've shooed away the creepy kids, we can get back to normal as far as reviews and such go. What better way to start it all back up than with what may be the most anticipated horror flick of the year, Paranormal Activity 3.
There's not much to say about this movie that other sites and everyone on Twitter already has; PA3 is creepy as hell. If you liked the first two, this will please you on an equal level. We liked the first one, loved the second one (which seems to be a minority opinion), and really liked the newest installment in the series... for the most part.
PA3 is a prequel, showing Katie And Kristi as kids, and showing us how all of the "paranormal activity" truly began. There are some great scares throughout the movie, most effective of them (for us) being the kitchen gag... pants were shat, that's all I'm saying. The sheet ghost gag was a close second, but no shatting occurred during that one.
We liked the movie. It was good. Our problem with the movie though, and one that distracted us enough to make us not completely love it, is that 80% of what you see in the trailer, was not in the film. No girls playing Bloody Mary, no closet knocking, no water on the ghost gag, no house burning, no medium or seance, no girl jumping from her stairway ledge, no wife being thrown on the bed... we waited for those moments, and they never came.
Some people defend the omission of said scenes, claiming it made the movie better by not knowing what we'd see. Fair enough, I can understand that. The problem is though, it feels like the old double dip to us; a ruse to urge fans buy the "Special Edition Director's Cut!", and that's not fair. You don't offer someone a ham samdwich and give them a granola bar instead. Maybe we wanted ham. Who doesn't love ham?
The movie also threw a few plot devices our way that we had a hard time swallowing. With two small children in the house, and repeated "incidents" and attacks on them, their parents decide it's best to stay put like nothing's happened? I mean the dad was more wrapped up in unraveling the mystery of the "presence" than he was in keeping his family safe. He keeps his wife in the dark on some fairly serious things, and in my small opinion, used his kids as ghost/demon bait. Don't take your family and leave, stay and antagonize! Then again, leaving would do no good, as we found out later on in the film... which brings us to the ending.
The end of PA3 brings a twist to the story that.. well, is good and bad. It's good in that it's interesting and explains a lot, and is pretty disturbing. It's bad in that it all happened very quickly, didn't give us much time to absorb it, and kinda made us roll our eyes. Had the twist been revealed and left to marinate a bit before the movie abruptly ended, it would have been more effective. Hitchcock said it best when he said (and I'm paraphrasing here) "If you show two people sitting at a table, and suddenly a bomb goes off, it will shock the audience. If you show the audience the bomb, let them know it's there while they watch the characters at the table sit and talk unawares, that will build far more terror in them because they know the threat is present." Again I paraphrased that quote, and most likely butchered the hell out of it, but the point is clear. At least to us it is.
The Master Says- B Had the movie we watched been the movie advertised, it would have scored a better grade. As it is though, PA3 is exactly what PA 1&2 were, just with a different spin and a twist ending that ties all 3 of the movies together. If you thought the first two movies were creepy, you'll find this one to be just as. If you didn't... well you probably aren't reading this review anyhow. I guess we can wait to see if the omitted scenes from the trailer are included on the DVD release, but it's sad that we have to.
And let it be said that the best part of this trilogy has definitely been Katie Featherston's rack. Sprague Grayden and Lauren Bittner are no slouches either, they just don't have "The Featherston Curse" in their shirts.