NOTE: This review was originally published on September 29th 2011 from a secret screening that took place at Fantastic Fest, and is being republished for the wide release.
The second half of Paranormal Activity 3 is the most consistently intense and frightening segment so far in the popular found footage series. Directors Henry Joost and Ariel Schulman (the guys behind Catfish) take their sweet time getting to it but once the scares begin, they don’t let up. That’s the good news. The bad news is for a third film in a series, it adds almost nothing to the overall Paranormal Activity mythology. (Not to mention well over half the footage in the new trailer is NOT in the movie.) Fans might also be disappointed that Katie Featherstone, the star of the first two films, only makes a brief cameo to give a bit of context to the rest of the film which is primarily about her character and her sister as little girls. And they did not have a pleasant childhood.
The world premiere of Paranormal Activity 3 was the second Secret Screening at Fantastic Fest 2011 and you can read more about it after the jump. Read More »
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Paramount Pictures has released a new movie trailer for Paranormal Activity 3 from Catfish directors Henry Joost and Ariel Schulman. We’ve heard unconfirmed rumors that the film might premiere as a secret screening at Fantastic Fest in Austin tonight, and if that is true that shows the studio has confidence in the film (the last movie wasn’t screened for most press).Paramount has also announced a “Tweet To See It First” campaign which will allow twitter users to determine which 20 cities will get to see Paranormal three days before the film’s global release. The third film in the series is a prequel which takes us back to 1988, where we get to “Discover How The Activity Began.” The trailers for past films have been more secretive, where this new spot seems to reveal quite a few scares (so you might want to avoid it if you want to experience the film minus spoilers). Watch the trailer embedded after the jump, please leave your thoughts in the comments below.
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We don’t know much about Paranormal Activity 3, but how much do we really need to know? This new poster for the film pretty much gives you everything on a platter: it’s another sequel to the two ‘found footage’ films you either like or have dismissed, and this threequel features kids in danger. What horror fan doesn’t enjoy seeing terrified kids? Click through for the full poster. Read More »
When the first Paranormal Activity was released in 2009, no one could have imagined what a second film, let alone a third film, would hold. It seemed like such a focused scary story. But embedded in Oren Peli’s taught, terrifying film was the back story of a girl named Katie who had been terrorized for years by an unspeakable evil. That evil was given a bit more context in Paranormal Activity 2 which, cleverly, set itself up as both a prequel and sequel to the first film. Now, with Paranormal Activity 3, it seems like the story is going back to its origin: to when Katie and her sister Kristi were kids. And there are few things scarier than little kids being terrorized. Check out the first teaser trailer after the jump. Read More »
Henry Joost and Ariel Schulman, the directors behind last year’s controversial documentary Catfish, have reportedly been hired by Paramount to direct Paranormal Activity 3, according to Dread Central and Bloody-Disgusting. With an eye on an October 21, 2011 release date, Christopher B. Landon, who wrote the second film in the faux-documentary horror franchise, is writing the script while original director Oren Peli will produce along with Jason Blum. Read More »
Made for $30,000 and grossing over $3 million, Catfish is an amazing story both on screen and off. Its “don’t ruin it for me” plot helped turn it into one of the can’t miss indie films of the year but controversy over the film’s validity was questioned almost immediately. Now, The Hollywood Reporter has learned of a brand new lawsuit issued by Threshold Media against the distributors of the 2010 Sundance documentary darling, Relativity Media and Universal, demanding licensing fees for a song that plays a major role in the film. If the case makes it to trial, it could force filmmakers Ariel Schulman, Nev Schulman and Henry Joost to swear the validity of their movie under oath.
The controversy surrounding Catfish hypothetically stopped the film from making the list of documentary films eligible for an Oscar this year and, though they’ve sworn up and down in the press that the film is real, they haven’t had to do so under fear of perjury.
Discussing the lawsuit involves delving into heavy spoiler territory and since the film won’t be released on DVD until next month, we’ll discuss all the specifics after the jump. But don’t read if you don’t want to be spoiled. Read More »
The first rule of Catfish is you do not talk about Catfish. But beware, that rule is being broken this week. The thrilling documentary that first screened at the Sundance Film Festival is at its best when the viewer knows as little about it as possible. Since the movie has been out for a few weeks now, has made over $1.5 million and is still expanding, some of the secrets are certainly out of the bag. However, if you have yet to see the film and are still planning on it, definitely avoid ABC’s 20/20 on Friday. They are reportedly doing a feature on the film that will include the first public interview with a subject firmly at the center of the mystery. If you have seen the film, you know what we are talking about and will be tuning in for sure. Hit the jump to read more but be warned, there will be spoilers. Read More »
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One of the big hits out of Sundance this year was Catfish, a film about a boy who falls for a girl via the internet, then takes a trip to meet her in person. It’s one of those films that relies upon mystery from moment one — basically, everyone I know who has seen the film says it’s best to go in knowing as little as possible. So ask yourself — do you want to watch the trailer below? Read More »