Scared to Death…well maybe not

Written by Rebecca Fletcher

I, like many others, am a massive fan of scary films. The tension they create and overall adrenaline rush they give just creates a thrill like no other. So you can imagine my excitement when the trailer for ‘Paranormal Activity 3’ comes onto the screen.

The very first ‘Paranormal Activity’ set a high expectation as it built up tension brilliantly. The amazing use of hand held cameras put the audience right into the action on screen, what more could you ask for?

Then the second came along and although it tried to continue with the same techniques used in the first something about it just made me sigh with disappointment. I don’t know about you but a hovering pool cleaner making its own way out of a pool just didn’t seem to cut it. It certainly didn’t thrill my need to be scared.

But there must be something the third could offer? Surely it could tie together the other two films and recover the respect that was lost after the second, couldn’t it?

Unfortunately it was not to be as I, along with what seemed to be the rest of the cinema-goers, was unimpressed to say the least. Sitting in anticipation to be scared I felt a rush of disappointment, as it never really appears. There are a few moments of tension however the film quickly becomes a joke, at which the audience are literally openly laughing at. I even hear at one point during the film someone shout out, “is this a comedy?”

So maybe this film has another point to it? Maybe it puts together the missing pieces from the first two? If it did then I was unaware, as personally there seemed to be very little point to this film. The real shame about the film for me was how it lacked any creation. What made the first film so great was the lack of appearance of anything real. However it feels as though the film has resorted back to what most typical horrors seems to do nowadays, using a young girl to be the feared figure. Making it only more amusing to the audience and the story having even less of a point than before.

So after seeing what seemed to be one of the worst scary films ever, in my opinion, I was shocked to see that it had become the highest grossing October release of all time in the US. And with such huge profits we can only imagine what they will come up with next to continue the apparently popular films that in this persons opinion have become a joke and lost all point.


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