Since 'Paranormal Activity's' debut two years ago, Oren Peli has quickly emerged as a nuevo master of horror. He's also the guy behind this year's sleeper hit, Insidious. In the short time Peli has been on the scene, his films have developed a signature: no frills, no music, little gore--just pure psychological horror. The previous paranormal films have been roller coaster-like. They start out slow, calm, and for a good portion of the film nothing happens, but when stuff does happen, hold on to your fuzzy britches, because you're in for a rough ride. Some may not like his subdued style, but this man has given the horror genre it's groove back.
The new film is a prequel to the prequel-- origin to the origin. I'm hoping that prequels don't become the new sequels, but I think it's too late. It's already happened. You have George Lucas to thank for that. So Katie's back of course and Kristi is too. However, it's 1988 and Katie and Kristi are not the women we saw in P1 and P2--they're young girls.
The third installment of the low-budget franchise is another cache of "found-footage." Gotta love those VHS camcorders. I don't know how many times we're going to see the Blair Witch-thing because it was old in 1999, but now it's really old. However, given the quality of Peli's movies, I'm willing to give it a chance.
Watch the teaser trailer. Paranormal Activity 3 is set for wide release on October 21st.