I’ll start by saying this: Paranormal Activity 3 is still just as "find you in the middle of the night on the way to the bathroom rendering your limbs useless from the utterly terrifying memory of any one particular scene" as it’s two predecessors. This movie is so scary it scared people next door watching Real Steel, and they didn’t even know what they were scarred of.
Usually by the third installment of a horror franchise, the filmmakers are reaching so deep into the well that nothing but a redundant puddle remains. For instance: Halloween 3 Season of the Witch, Friday the 13th 3-D, Texas Chainsaw Massacre: Leatherface - I could go on. P.A.-3 isn’t a story of the bad sequel epidemic, but rather the frightening tale of a really good one.
If you haven’t seen any of the Paranormal franchise, here’s what you need to know: Two sisters are haunted by a demon, and you will not sleep after watching...that’s it! Also, if you haven’t seen either of the first two films, you won’t be missing anything by seeing this film as it serves mainly as a prequel. In this, what I’m going to lovingly refer to as “the end of a trilogy,” there aren’t as many scares as the previous film, but the scares are more fleshed out and by the end, are given context to the mythos of the overarching storyline.
I’m at a loss as to how to further explain how seriously long term scary this movie is without giving away major plot points. The bottom line is, if you like to be scared, see this movie. If you know someone who does not like to be scared; lie to them, get them to this movie, and then sit back and enjoy watching your (now probably former) friend scream his/her way into some life long emotional scarring.
What's Your Favorite Scary Movie?