Paranormal Activity 3 hits theaters October 21, a date most likely chosen to attract those moviegoers who equate the end of next month with “let’s scare ourselves silly!” in order to psych themselves up for Halloween.
As you know, I am not one of those people. I am the polar opposite of those people and do whatever I can to stay away from scary movies. But even though there’s a 0% chance I will see the third installment (which is a prequel set in the late ’80s), I’ve still been fascinated with the overall Paranormal Activity phenomenon since the first one went mainstream (after two years of making the festival rounds) in October 2009. These films are a great example of the power of word-of-mouth hype and clever marketing campaigns. They also prove that a filmmaker can crank out a crowd-pleaser on a shoestring budget. (This latest entry comes from the team behind the controversial documentary (?) Catfish.)
Here’s the trailer and the poster for Paranormal Activity 3. For those of you who, like myself, are horror-film adverse, you can rest assured that there’s nothing TOO freaky (and there’s definitely nothing gory) in the preview. But since it has to do with little kids, there’s now even less than a 0% chance (is that possible?) that I’ll ever be brave enough to see it.
Do you see that shadow between the kiddies’ beds? NO THANK YOU!
For those who’ve enjoyed the previous Paranormal films, I’ve got some good news: the buzz from Fantastic Fest screenings is that the third is just as good (though there’s doubt the franchise can keep up steam after this one).
Do you plan to see it?
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