Paranormal Activity Essay

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Movie CritiqueThe job of a movie critic is to attend a movie upon its release and afterwards write a well thought out and thorough review of that movie. Even if the movie is dreadfully boring or four hours long they have to sit through it because their readers are going to expect a review on that movie regardless so that they can come to a conclusion on rather or not they should attend the movie. In this case the movie was Paranormal Activity 3, in theaters Oct. 21, 2011. In the spirit of Halloween directors, Henry Joost and Ariel Shulman released the third project of the paranormal saga. Critics Adam Graham of the Detroit News, Newark Star-Ledger critic Stephen Whitty, and Toronto Star's ...view middle of the document...

Throughout the movie the family goes through a number of disturbing nights as strange things appear on camera. An important part of the movie is when the demon locks young Katie in a closet and tells her sister Kristi to demand that they visit their grandmother Lois before he will release Katie. At the end of the movie the demon finally decides to take action. Dennis goes up the stairs to find young Katie crying over her mother Julie's lifeless body. As Dennis approaches her she lets out a deafening shriek that sends Denis flying across the room. Before he can rise to his feet Lois enters the room and stares over him, his body is suddenly snapped backwards killing him. Katie reappears and goes to Lois who calls for Kristi. As they head upstairs Kristi calls for their imaginary friend Toby there is suddenly a loud growl and the movie ends. As you can imagine the critics had much to say about this ghostly thriller.One topic that each of the critics hit on were the cast and the directors of the film. Stephen Whitty of the Star-Ledger appreciates the fairly no named cast he believes it made the movie more believable. "There was something charming about the low-tech approach and the commonplace nature of it all - an ugly tract house, no-name actors - that made it more believable." Graham and Howell commented briefly on the cast but didn't go into as much detail as Whitty. As far as the directing goes both Graham and Howell had very positive things to say. Graham goes on to say, "Joost and Schulman sustain a consistent sense of dread, playing with our own fears of things that go bump in the night." While Howell states, "they do their jobs well, seeking to scare people the time-tested way: by having them jump out of their seats."Each critic had something to say about the overall plot of the movie. None of them gave the movie very high praising. Graham gives the movie a B, Whitty gives it two stars, and Howell rates the film two and a half out of four stars. While no one was quick to give the movie a four star rating or even three for that matter, both...

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