Directed by: Henry Joost , Ariel Schulman
Genre: Horror, Mystery & Suspense
Runtime: 84 Minutes
Hard as it is to believe this is the best of the series, now a horror trilogy! This is definitely an improvement from the previous film throwing in more suspense, more thrills and many more scares. Although using the same formula of the series, I guarantee that your audience will be lively if there are many in it and will enhance the experience of the film. Perhaps here, third time is the charm as we dive in to a low-budget mokumentary prequel that has a lot of the film’s title going on.
This time we take a step back in time to 1988, which puts us in to the history of Katy from the first film’s childhood paranormal experience. That is all there is to announce about the plot. The rest is just thrills.
What makes the film great is how it shows us Katy’s history of paranormal happenings any why in the first film she was so quirky about it. There is also one scene where she is being photographed, which is actually seen in the first film. Now that is what I call some nice intricate filmmaking.
Speaking of filmmaking, some of the stuff that happens is quite impressive. I do not care how much I do not believe in paranormal superstitions, because the film definitely has thrill-factor. Many shocks and scares make you sit still until the action is over throughout the film. As much as I would love to discuss some of the great scenes, I won’t because horror is all about the first-time experience. Especially for a film like this, so no need to ruin it. Nevertheless, believe me; even if you are a film buff who thinks, “I know something’s going to jump out”, you’re still going to be surprised. I know I certainly was.
That is another good thing about the film. You think it would be predictable, but at times, it truly is not. Sometimes it leaves you in no doubt nothing will happen and then, WHAM! It hits you with a scare. I guess it is what we all love about the horror-thriller genre. What also enhances the cinema experience for this film is the audience. I’m not sure about you, but I think most audiences will be the same. Several people laughed, screamed and said things like “Don’t go in there”. It added to the whole fun of the film.
Up to this point, you probably think I have no doubts about this film. Well guess again. Despite having many good scares, it is still ‘popcorn’ entertainment only worth one viewing simply because of the nature of the film. Furthermore, the film does not have much characterization so there is the simple fact that you do not care about the characters because of how ordinary they are. Realistic as it tries to be with this, I still feel the characters could be improved. Another fatal flaw it suffers is being redundant because of the use of needless/pointless scares. For this film, it does not matter much though.
However, it has many of the jolts and thrills that diminish and plague most horror sequels. It still uses the same formula, of its predecessors. Although throwing in some new ingredients, it still falls along those lines. I have not mentioned the filmmakers yet, so let me begin. Oren Peli has returned except this time as co-writer with Michael R. Perry, who also co-wrote the screenplay of the previous film. A new coming director is also introduced, called Henry Joost, previous director of a film called “Cat Fish”. His co-director Ariel Schulman also worked on that film. They all did a reasonable job in the film’s direction, especially as newbies.
It has been a while from a reviewed the first two previous films. The first I gave 6.5/10 and the second 5/10 I think. It is odd that this film ended up being the best in the series. When I first heard news of this sequel, I wondered what they were playing at. To be exact, it is not a sequel, but a prequel. So let us hope the series stays as the ‘Paranormal’ trilogy. If you like horror, and a good scare, this is definitely one to see with friends and crowds, and should be worth your pay-in.
My Rating: 7/10