Posted on 10/25/11 03:35 AM
Regardless of who you are you know about "Paranormal Activity", the moc-doc horror that completely came out of nowhere in 2007 taking the world by storm with allmost no negative feedback what so ever. Like most I do consider the first "Paranormal Activity" to be one of the best horror films in modern times but with the second film on the other hand I considered that to be a massive dissapointment. "Paranormal Activity 2", compared to the brillaint first film seemed way to corny and I just thought they were trying to hard to scare us without really getting the pacing right. It did come equipped with some inventive storytelling and on paper would have worked as a good "Prequel" but with relying too much on effect's and many of the typical clitches we expect from most modern horrors it failed.
Now anyone that's familar with horror would be quick to determine the simple fact that when it comes to horror sequels it's suprising if they actually work. I could list a number of them that were trash but it would turn my review into a novel. The fact that "PA3" actually turned out to be as good as it was completely took me by suprise, with all three films they have changed director but "Oren Peli" is still working as one of the producers. This here is clearly a filmaker that want's to scare us but with the proper amount of suspense and he's all for taking us back to the days when films counted on tension and pacing to do the job. Going back to my comments on horror sequels another thing horror fans are aware of is that most horrors that are made in our time are hardly reliable just look at the "Saw" and "Final Destination" films, movies like that lack substance and are made for no other reason then making money and grossing audiences out with gore so this causes a proper film buff to become skeptical of most of the newer ones. With every "PA" film even the second it's involved filmakers that truly do want to make a real horror film and this is without a doubt what we have here.
I'm not gonna bother going too much into plot details here but it's simply set in the 80's when "Katey" was a kid and it follows the event's which took place with her parents and sister which as you learned in the first had links with this whole ghost scenario. Like the first this film involved characters which were all flawless in the attempt to make this all so relaistic. Like the first the tension builds up and in more or less the same way, it does move slowly at first but for the best of reasons. When it picks up it doesn't stop I was truly creeped out by atleast the last half hour of it and before that it provided many moments which will just stick with you. To be honest I find it kinda difficult to review a film like this as there's hardly much I can say without spoiling the experience but I just need everyone to watch this and don't be skeptical enough to avoid it just because it seems impossible that it will match the first.
I have reasons as to why it may have suprassed the original, too me the performence's in this film equal the first but also give you a few more characters to follow and as a piece of storytelling it's the best PA yet. From my memory atleast it also has prehaps more horror scenes and actually handled the pacing even better and it atleast engaed me more mostly because everything about the first and second all linked on to this one and by the end I was speechless. If I said that it didn't contain atleast a few of the typical horror scenes we expect in ghost films I would be wrong but it pulls everything off so well and what's to be expected allways happens when you least expect it. The way these scenes were handled were highly impressive and whilst there were some familair ones there were also scenes that seemed new to me, it reminded me of the same techniques used in the older horrors I mean nothing here is computer generated and that's what makes it seem all the more real from loud bangs to closing doors to flying objects etc,etc this is a superior ghost film . There's definitely a few things here that will cause critic's to over analyze it like somehow "Katey's" dad liked filming everything in the house aswell, and she probably doesn't remember the event's as well as someone actually would but you see the main point with moc doc horrors is to scare you but when one has as much going for it as this it just gives a horror fan that much more of a reason to respect it.
I was begining to think that this type of horror could no longer be pulled off but whilst this really doesn't equal "The Blair Witch Project" or "REC" it still comes closer then any other horror of it's kind. Another thing with horrors as much as I love them it takes alot from a film to truly scare me and since this did that better then so many of them it get's extremely high points. It's by no means a "masterpeice" but it's one of the best horrors that's come out in years...