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Review: Paranormal Activity 3

With the Saw franchise over and done with, Paranormal Activity finally has the holiday all to itself. If you’re like me, you were rather used to Saw’s Halloween splash, spending the holiday watching helpless victims get ripped limb from limb, blood splattering everywhere and a puppet ride around on a tricycle. No, it wasn’t quality filmmaking, but it was tradition and holiday appropriate. Well, no more settling necessary. The Paranormal Activity franchise has not only continued to deliver quality material, but now, with three films under its belt, shows it has the potential at being a viable and worthy long standing tradition.

Round three picks up just before the events of the first two films, in 2005. Sisters Katie and Kristi (Katie Featherston and Sprague Grayden) are in incoming baby Hunter’s freshly painted room. While there, Katie also takes the opportunity to unload some unwanted keepsakes, an old box of VHS tapes. Next year, Kristi’s house is burglarized and the only item missing is that very box of tapes.

Jump back to 1988. Young Katie and Kristi (Chloe Csengery and Jessica Tyler Brown) are doing the usual for girls their age – having tea parties, celebrating birthdays and getting dressed up for picture day at school. However, little Kristi also has another hobby, talking to her invisible friend Toby. While her mother, Julie (Lauren Bittner) writes the behavior off as mere child’s play, Julie’s live-in boyfriend, Dennis (Christopher Nicholas Smith), becomes obsessed with Toby and the strange and inexplicable bumps in the night. In true Paranormal Activity form, he arms up with video cameras and sets them up around the house, determined to find out what’s going on while they sleep.

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The Best And Worst Of 2011 So Far

Who’s ready for round two of our “Best and Worst of 2011 So Far” series? Yesterday Melissa kicked things off with some noble choices in the drama and comedy departments, but now it’s my turn and my affinity for the horror genre is as blatant as ever.

Take a look at where my top and bottom lists stand thus far and be sure to keep an eye out for the rest of the Shockya.com crew’s picks as the series continues tomorrow night with Karen’s choices.

BEST SO FAR

Super 8: J.J. Abrams did it back in 2008 with Cloverfield and now, he’s done it again, built an incredible amount of hype around a new feature film and actually made due on it. While Abrams’ methods of promotion may be fun for us, it could be detrimental to his films. After drawing so much attention to Super 8 via its viral marketing campaign, had the film not lived up to expectations in the slightest, it would have been shot down hard. However, the opposite is true and the combination of Abrams’ endlessly intriguing clues and then the impressively powerful final product manifested into an overwhelmingly enjoyable experience. Without resorting to the shaky cam tactic, Abrams manages to tell the story in a way that makes you feel as though you’re in the middle of it with Joe Lamb (Joel Courtney) and his friends. It’s exciting, suspenseful, heartwarming – everything I hoped it’d be and more. Click here to read my full review of Super 8.

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