Another Halloween approaches, and whereas for the last seven long years we've been hit with a SAW movie at the cinema's come our favourite holiday, the chalice appears to have been passed on with the parallel releases of the final SAW movie last year, and the second PARANORMAL ACTIVITY movie.
Whether the PA franchise will run as long as the SAW franchise is anyone's guess. I don't see it as having a wellspring of ideas that can run that deep, but what the hell do I know?
So here we have the first trailer for the third film, and for the second time in the past week or so, Ive broken my own rules and viewed the trailer, (I REALLY need to stop doing this sort of shit!). And now, unabashed hypocrite that I'm fated to become, I'm sharing it with you fine people. Truth be told, its another very sparse trailer, made up mainly of footage from the previous films, which suits me fine. Slap yer eyeballs on it below...
Its obvious that this one is yet another prequel, perhaps making the PA franchise the only one in horror history that tells its entire tale in reverse. MEMENTO with a demonic asshole antagonist, if you will. I like the concept, and I like the franchise. The first film scared me half to death, and its sequel, despite taking a long time to get rolling, was actually really well made, too. Not as tense or fear inducing as the original, but pretty damn good nonetheless. The third one looks very promising.
Going back to the doomed sisters childhood, and their first encounter with the ever enigmatic demon that torments them throughout their short lives, is a very tantalising concept with a lot of potential for terror. And it looks like its been dipped in the care bucket till its covered all over. Late 80's camera quality and clothing go a long way to authenticate the whole thing, and theres something quietly epic about telling the story in this unique fashion. If they're hanging the whole film on two child actors though, they're playing with a big fucking fire, but I'd imagine we spend more time with the poor parents than the sisters. We'll have to wait and see.
Just a shame they've gave away the identity of the demon in the final shot. Who'd have guessed it was Candyman. Just kidding, that last shot is pretty fucking creepy. I'm in.