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Paranormal Activity 3 gets a trailer which show it's actually a prequel

07.21.2011

Now that SAW has spring its last trap, our new annual horror tradition appears to be a PARNORMAL ACTIVITY movie every Halloween, a film series that is somehow even more low budget than SAW was.

I genuinely liked the first one, and thought it was a pretty great way to maximize scares on a budget, but the problem is once you've seen it once, the gag kind of wears thin afterward. The second film mirrored the first, and it just wasn't scary the second time around, at least not for me. And to keep doing it? How long can this go on?

This third film is being directed by CATFISH's Henry Joost and Ariel Schulman, and as you'll see below, is actually a prequel which shows the two sisters from the last two films being haunted as children, as was alluded to in those movies. An important distinction here would be that a ghost is actually SHOWN, which has been a no-no for the series so far.

Can you still be scared by this concept the third time around?

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Extra Tidbit: Actually, the second film was a prequel too. Damn misleading numbering.

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8:46PM on 07/22/2011
Liked the first one a lot for what it is, the second was just not scary enough though... Jury is out for this one. But for all the idiots who think the "bloody mary" thing was a plot revelation rather than a fun trailer bit to include an urban legend that everyone has heard of... well, you are dumb. I guarantee that is not a pivotal point in the movie, just a fun idea that works well as a marketing piece for the trailer.
Liked the first one a lot for what it is, the second was just not scary enough though... Jury is out for this one. But for all the idiots who think the "bloody mary" thing was a plot revelation rather than a fun trailer bit to include an urban legend that everyone has heard of... well, you are dumb. I guarantee that is not a pivotal point in the movie, just a fun idea that works well as a marketing piece for the trailer.
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4:44PM on 07/22/2011
I can recognize that these movies don't have much replay value, but I think they are still effective films in terms of suspense and having an interesting backstory. You can drop negative points on me all you want, but I at least actually look forward to movies like PA3 and Insidious to come out other than just another Saw sequel or some dumb slasher. Because I can already see that when they release another Saw movie or something in that vein. It just a good old fashioned haunted house movie.
I can recognize that these movies don't have much replay value, but I think they are still effective films in terms of suspense and having an interesting backstory. You can drop negative points on me all you want, but I at least actually look forward to movies like PA3 and Insidious to come out other than just another Saw sequel or some dumb slasher. Because I can already see that when they release another Saw movie or something in that vein. It just a good old fashioned haunted house movie.
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1:13PM on 07/22/2011
Multiple post, sorry.
Multiple post, sorry.
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1:12PM on 07/22/2011
Multiple post,sorry.
Multiple post,sorry.
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1:12PM on 07/22/2011
Multiple Post, sorry.
Multiple Post, sorry.
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1:12PM on 07/22/2011
I don't get the hate. I love both of them. HUGE fan. They entertain me. I'm looking forward to this one... Adding kids could add more suspense. I can't wait.
I don't get the hate. I love both of them. HUGE fan. They entertain me. I'm looking forward to this one... Adding kids could add more suspense. I can't wait.
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9:50AM on 07/22/2011

So let me get this straight

Everyone finds Freddy, Myers, and Jason (scenarios that can't exist) scarier than Paranormal Movies? Everyone has a story or knows someone whose seen a ghost. There are thousands of TV shows and specials and haunted sites. I am a skeptic but a part of me thinks that millions of people can't be wrong. I've seen both PA movies and I have to sleep with the TV on afterwards.

Bottom line, GO FUCK YOURSELFS you wannabe tough guys!
Everyone finds Freddy, Myers, and Jason (scenarios that can't exist) scarier than Paranormal Movies? Everyone has a story or knows someone whose seen a ghost. There are thousands of TV shows and specials and haunted sites. I am a skeptic but a part of me thinks that millions of people can't be wrong. I've seen both PA movies and I have to sleep with the TV on afterwards.

Bottom line, GO FUCK YOURSELFS you wannabe tough guys!
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10:40AM on 07/22/2011
I agree with everything you said except that last line. There's no need to lower yourself to a pre-adolecent level when you made a very valid and well written point above it. Don't stoop to the level of some of the immature haters on this site.From your first paragraph it sounds like you're a lot smarter then that ;)
I agree with everything you said except that last line. There's no need to lower yourself to a pre-adolecent level when you made a very valid and well written point above it. Don't stoop to the level of some of the immature haters on this site.From your first paragraph it sounds like you're a lot smarter then that ;)
1:36PM on 07/22/2011
What makes horror films scary is the suspense and tension. The PA films have none of that. It's just silence, people walking around, silence, a door opens by itself, silence, silence, silJUMP SCARE!
What makes horror films scary is the suspense and tension. The PA films have none of that. It's just silence, people walking around, silence, a door opens by itself, silence, silence, silJUMP SCARE!
1:02AM on 07/22/2011

Great

More apparently scary borror films for people who know absolutely nothing about horror films. These movies aren't scary, they're just boring.

Catfish was a terrible film too.
More apparently scary borror films for people who know absolutely nothing about horror films. These movies aren't scary, they're just boring.

Catfish was a terrible film too.
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8:41PM on 07/22/2011
Yeah, what do they know about making a horror movie that lots of people pay money to go see?! They could never do that! Stupid movie makers with their "movies."
Yeah, what do they know about making a horror movie that lots of people pay money to go see?! They could never do that! Stupid movie makers with their "movies."
10:56PM on 07/21/2011
Anyone who thinks the demon came from a game of Bloody Mary obviously never seen PA2
Anyone who thinks the demon came from a game of Bloody Mary obviously never seen PA2
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10:38PM on 07/21/2011
No Featherston boobage!? NOT. INTERESTED.
No Featherston boobage!? NOT. INTERESTED.
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10:14PM on 07/21/2011
I was hoping for a Katie/baby/zombie dog road trip movie for part 3, but I guess I'll just have to settle for this.
I was hoping for a Katie/baby/zombie dog road trip movie for part 3, but I guess I'll just have to settle for this.
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9:59PM on 07/21/2011
Loved the first two and think they are great examples of how to do proper horror than say what the "Saw" franchise did.

"Insidious" is scarier than these films though. Watched it the other night in the dark and was terrified at how frightining it was.
Loved the first two and think they are great examples of how to do proper horror than say what the "Saw" franchise did.

"Insidious" is scarier than these films though. Watched it the other night in the dark and was terrified at how frightining it was.
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8:51PM on 07/21/2011
The only reason I liked PA2 was because it took place in Carlsbad, which is where I live. Other than that I thought it was the best comedy to come out in years. That maid made the entire movie for me.
The only reason I liked PA2 was because it took place in Carlsbad, which is where I live. Other than that I thought it was the best comedy to come out in years. That maid made the entire movie for me.
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8:40PM on 07/21/2011
I am a big fan of the first and like the second but, this looks really lame. I agree with posts below that I'd rather them move forward with Katie and Hunter then go back and show things that were already discussed in PA2. Wasn't impressed with Catfish either.Not lookin' good at this point. Hope it proves me wrong in October but...
I am a big fan of the first and like the second but, this looks really lame. I agree with posts below that I'd rather them move forward with Katie and Hunter then go back and show things that were already discussed in PA2. Wasn't impressed with Catfish either.Not lookin' good at this point. Hope it proves me wrong in October but...
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8:14PM on 07/21/2011
I didn't think it was possible to make a movie less scary than PA2...but I think they're gonna do it! Making it a prequel is a touch of genius: removing all sense of suspense ON TOP of having characters I don't care about? Brilliant!
I didn't think it was possible to make a movie less scary than PA2...but I think they're gonna do it! Making it a prequel is a touch of genius: removing all sense of suspense ON TOP of having characters I don't care about? Brilliant!
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6:56PM on 07/21/2011

I dig 'em.

I actually thought the second one was scarier than the first. I only got scared during the first one when the demon would hit the one or whatever.
I actually thought the second one was scarier than the first. I only got scared during the first one when the demon would hit the one or whatever.
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6:25PM on 07/21/2011
Sorry, but I don't get the hate of these films. The first was fun, scary stuff. The second was more serious, and had a better story, actually it was a damn decent one how they made everything work together and it was VERY scary. I'm not saying this will be better than any of those, or even good. But two good films before is enough to make me see this.
Sorry, but I don't get the hate of these films. The first was fun, scary stuff. The second was more serious, and had a better story, actually it was a damn decent one how they made everything work together and it was VERY scary. I'm not saying this will be better than any of those, or even good. But two good films before is enough to make me see this.
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6:16PM on 07/21/2011
sorry but these movies suck & our downright boring as hell & far from scary. Hope this is the last one & we dont get 7 of them like Saw.
sorry but these movies suck & our downright boring as hell & far from scary. Hope this is the last one & we dont get 7 of them like Saw.
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5:48PM on 07/21/2011
That was a pretty terrible trailer. So the big secret is that these two girls have been haunted for their entire lives because they played Bloody Mary when they were toddlers?

At least Saw was able to stretch itself out into 7 (8?) movies. It looks like they managed to kill this franchise in three.
That was a pretty terrible trailer. So the big secret is that these two girls have been haunted for their entire lives because they played Bloody Mary when they were toddlers?

At least Saw was able to stretch itself out into 7 (8?) movies. It looks like they managed to kill this franchise in three.
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8:18PM on 07/21/2011
No, worse: the big "secret" was revealed in its entirety half way through the first sequel. It had to do with their grandparents wanting to be rich and giving up the first son born of their line. Because nothing says Scary like revealing your monsters motivations to the audience forty minutes before the climax!
No, worse: the big "secret" was revealed in its entirety half way through the first sequel. It had to do with their grandparents wanting to be rich and giving up the first son born of their line. Because nothing says Scary like revealing your monsters motivations to the audience forty minutes before the climax!
4:58PM on 07/21/2011
Fuck that. I don't want to watch no movie shot on VHS in this day and age.

Especially if they are going to explain the ghost being attributed to a game of Bloody Mary.
Fuck that. I don't want to watch no movie shot on VHS in this day and age.

Especially if they are going to explain the ghost being attributed to a game of Bloody Mary.
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3:57PM on 07/21/2011

LMAO

Another shitty ass movie. YAY. Just what you expected. Why are these still being made the first one sucked, it was actually funny as shit seein in a theater of screaming people and seeing tuff guys get scared. 2nd one was a joke it wasn't even scary, and this one looks fuckin lame too. I'll prob netflix it.
Another shitty ass movie. YAY. Just what you expected. Why are these still being made the first one sucked, it was actually funny as shit seein in a theater of screaming people and seeing tuff guys get scared. 2nd one was a joke it wasn't even scary, and this one looks fuckin lame too. I'll prob netflix it.
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2:44PM on 07/21/2011
the first one was a perfect film in my opinion, the second was a pile of shit.
"Catfish" was a well made film, so I'm interested to see what these guys do with this one.
the first one was a perfect film in my opinion, the second was a pile of shit.
"Catfish" was a well made film, so I'm interested to see what these guys do with this one.
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2:37PM on 07/21/2011
man, those family members really like to film themselves everyday
man, those family members really like to film themselves everyday
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4:08PM on 07/21/2011
I'm not allow to tell you this they made a sex tape too. you didn't hear it from me though.
I'm not allow to tell you this they made a sex tape too. you didn't hear it from me though.
2:36PM on 07/21/2011
I know I just said all that, but I should probably say, I'm just not interested inthis series, let alone prequels.
I know I just said all that, but I should probably say, I'm just not interested inthis series, let alone prequels.
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2:32PM on 07/21/2011

uhh so

why is the regressing further into the past now? Do we really need all this backstory fleshed out? When you were children there was some crazy crap that happened, we get it. There's nothing utterly baffling about the spoken backstory, at the very least can we just move forward?
why is the regressing further into the past now? Do we really need all this backstory fleshed out? When you were children there was some crazy crap that happened, we get it. There's nothing utterly baffling about the spoken backstory, at the very least can we just move forward?
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2:20PM on 07/21/2011

Blah

I can't stand this series..this one looks just as bad as the first two.
I can't stand this series..this one looks just as bad as the first two.
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2:20PM on 07/21/2011

Zzzz

This series is already played out. How many times can we watch people taping themselves getting spooked?
This series is already played out. How many times can we watch people taping themselves getting spooked?
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2:06PM on 07/21/2011

uh...

Candyman?
Candyman?
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2:00PM on 07/21/2011

as long as they stay interesting

I really enjoyed the last 2 and this one looks good. I'll be checking this out for sure
I really enjoyed the last 2 and this one looks good. I'll be checking this out for sure
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1:58PM on 07/21/2011
dollar for dollar, this franchise has gotten more couples to second base than any other in history.
dollar for dollar, this franchise has gotten more couples to second base than any other in history.
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1:41PM on 07/21/2011

eh

it'd be a decent horror movie for some scares on a saturday date night around halloween. ask me to go see it any other time though and my answer would be 'no thanks.'
it'd be a decent horror movie for some scares on a saturday date night around halloween. ask me to go see it any other time though and my answer would be 'no thanks.'
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1:36PM on 07/21/2011

Zzzzzzzzzzzz

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