There it was – a scare fest to be noted in the history books as the greatest trilogy of horrors. Unlike action movies, thrillers and science fiction flicks, this is a horror film cliché which, like the villains in the tale, literally refuses to die. It was clearly not initially intended to be made into an annual series, like The Blair Witch Project or Birds, which are movies that attracted mounds of controversy and rank high in many people’s top 10, partly because they stand alone.
Any cheap sequels like Exorcist 2 are either completely disregarded, or the impact that they made simply failed to reach enough people. So when you mention such no-hit-wonders, the reaction is “What Exorcist 2? Never happened!”
The film did feature a good story line with catchy one-liners from the comical male lead (Christopher Smith) who exemplifies the saying ‘ignorance is bliss’. The lead female candy played by Lauren Bittner was vacant and unwitting, a role which to master must mimick real life as the movie was shot with hand held cameras; I think she did a pretty good job.
It threw in a snivelling, anorexic side-kick for a few more laughs, invisible demons, possessed children and there you had it – Paranormal Activity 1. Oh sorry, I mean 3. It was in fact incredibly reminiscent of number 1, apart from the fire which started all the madness; implicated to have been ignited by the spectre. In the original movie the fire held paramount significance, but its failure to appear at all held good stead for PA4 (2012). There was a fire lit at some point, homage possibly?
It also had more dragging across floors, more ostentatious ghost/spectre behaviour, and a lot of appearing and disappearing. There is something spookier about children when they are possessed because all of their integral innocence is gone, maybe not after the 2011 August riots, but it is an age-old and perhaps over-used remedy to a horror.
The film also holds in store some good screams, a few faux monsters jumping out of closets, ghosts locking you in attic rooms, and rapidly moving objects glimpsed through door cracks. Despite it’s somewhat lack of originality, the film was very entertaining and did not let down the previous instalments, I would rate it a 7 out of 10.