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Paranormal Activity 3 Poster: Because Prequels are Always a Good Idea

By Steven Lloyd Wilson | Industry | September 21, 2011 |

By Steven Lloyd Wilson | Industry | September 21, 2011 |

Paranormal Activity and Paranormal Activity 2 were, depending on your perspective, either highly effective demonstrations of found footage, less-is-more, tension building horror films, or cinematic paint drying. Paranormal Activity 3 is slated for Halloweenish release just like the previous two, and since Saw bowed out of the annual competition for running a franchise into the ground it seems the young champ can make up some ground on that lead.

The third Paranormal Activity film will be focusing on the childhood of Katie and Kristi, as we saw in the teaser back in July. But realizing that their release date was a month away and that no one was paying attention to their film, the studio has now released a poster:


What’s the deal with posters anyway? They get released on the Internet, and sure there are a few tacked up at theaters, and maybe a few kids buy copies, but as an advertising medium they’re sort of a relic.

Then again, this is set in the eighties, which brings up all sorts of fun questions. Why the hell is the video so clear? Have you ever gone back and watched home movies from the eighties? It’s like watching a video through a waterfall. And this is just pulling the found footage bit way too far. Really, there were home movies recording this crap going on? How does that reconcile with the first two films and the characters’ disbelief at anything serious really occurring? Selective amnesia?

But most importantly, I think it’s very clear that given the setting, genre, time period, and number at the end of the title, that we are in fact looking at Ghostbusters 3. Or, and bear with me here, it seems that the shadowy figure has long hair, almost a feminine build. Could it be that all of this activity is in fact an attempt by Katie to come back in time from a post-apocalyptic future in order to prevent Judgment Day? And that the shadowy figures, inducements to homicide, and physical assaults, are merely future-Katie’s time travel device malfunctioning and leaving her in the past but out of sync with physical reality? I submit that this is in fact a far more logical conclusion than the supernatural.

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Steven Lloyd Wilson is the sci-fi and history editor. You can email him here or follow him on Twitter.