‘Paranormal Activity 3′ Discussion: Worst Theater Audiences Ever?

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A funny thing happened as we were recording our Screen Rant Underground Podcast this week: talk turned to our review of Paranormal Activity 3, and aside from arguing about the issues with the plot, ending, and all the juicy Easter eggs and spoilers, there was one unexpected topic of discussion that each of us brought to the table: how rude, distracting, annoying and downright bad the audiences in our respective theaters were.

That strange coincidence got us thinking: did other people have their Paranormal Activity 3 viewing experience ruined? Might this film have actually brought together some of the worst movie theater audiences of recent memory?

Before we get to that discussion, some quick background: myself (Kofi Outlaw), and my fellow editors Ben Kendrick, Rob Keyes, and Anthony Ocasio (that’s “Oh-Cazio”) live in very different geographic areas – NYC, Colorado, Michigan and Ontario, Canada, to be exact. It’s not like we live in the same place, or are surrounded by the same types of people in any way, shape or form. We’re also not just talking about the general public: some of our screenings were press screenings, so this is in no way a commentary on any specific demographic or moviegoing “type” (if such a thing even exists).

But no matter who was in theater, or where that theater was, the fact remains that between the four of us we bore witness to just about every violation of our sacred rules for movie theater etiquette. We’re talking cell phone talking/texting, less-than-brainy quips shouted out at inappropriate moments, audience members providing their own commentary track for the entire movie, extended bouts of loud conversation or laughter after every scare…  the whole cornucopia of movie theater misbehavior was on display.

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How many of these rules can one movie audience break? Answer: ALL OF THEM.

In our upcoming Paranormal Activity 3 podcast you can hear us get into some of the reasoning for why people had such particular trouble sitting through this film (is the film too quiet? Too slow in between scares? Too hard for the ADD generation to sit through?) – though, admittedly, some of our more…impassioned rants may never see the light of day. Stay tuned for that explosive discussion, coming your way shortly. icon wink Paranormal Activity 3 Discussion: Worst Theater Audiences Ever?

In the meantime, we thought we’d put the question out there to you readers: How was your Paranormal Activity 3 viewing experience? Was it relatively enjoyable, or did you too find yourself in the midst of an audience from hell? Let us know in the comments.

While we’re discussing the film, also let us know how you would rate it in our poll below:

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  1. I see a lot of people blaming people talking on kids being the ADD generation and so on. No one blames things like Mystery Science Theater and Rifftrax?

  2. I didn’t really have a problem with the audience in PA3. Sure, people were laughing and screaming, but that was part of the fun, sort of a group hysteria thing. I think actually the audience made the movie BETTER. However, I went to a packed movie about a week before PA3, and there were a bunch of kids (and I mean KIDS, no older than 12) by themselves with a slightly older girl watching them. They were running around playing musical chairs, talking on their cell phones, laughing, yelling, throwing popcorn, and generally being completely ignorant. At 11 at night, no less. Where are the parents? Not that it would matter, considering if the parents let them go see a movie at 11 o’clock at night with a barely teenage girl as their babysitter…well, I just don’t think it is all the movie.

  3. My P3 screening wasn’t much better however, I think people are more obnoxious in horror movies than they are in any other because they’re afraid. They don’t want to admit how scared they are so instead they act out obnoxiously. This is my theory at least :)

  4. i laughed my ass off during this movie…i do not think that was suppose to happen?

  5. This is completely weird. I saw the film last night, and there was a group of people in the cinema who talked ALL THE WAY THROUGH. ALL THE WAY!!!

    It began before the film started though, so it wasn’t because of the scariness or anything like that. Just plain obnoxious, rude people.

    It really ruined some of the scary/jumpy bits, as my mind was off thinking about how best to MURDER the people in the cinema, rather than following the film… :(

  6. OMG!! Totally. We had two teenage girls behind us in VIP seats who laughed and giggled and talked ALL THE WAY THROUGH THE FILM!! We complained to the manager but said its becoming more and more of a problem when we’re going to the cinema now.

  7. I actually disagree completely, my PA3 audience was great. the tension in the room in between scares was so cool- completely silent. there was laughing, but laughing at the things that where actually funny like Denni’s friend.. I’m from Britain though.. maybe that makes a difference. where strict with our cinema rules hahaa.

  8. Yeah the audience in the theater the night I saw PA3 was very rude. People were texting, talking/laughing loudly, and yelling stupid jokes at the screen. I don’t really mind a little talking as long as it doesn’t distract me from the film. Plus I wasn’t really that interested in PA3 anyway, so the rudeness didn’t bother me. However, had the audience been rude at a showing of a movie I was actually interested in, I would have been pissed.

  9. I’m guilty of talking during movies. However, I like to think I do it considerately. If I’m going to see a movie I know I’ll probably enjoy, I’ll select a seat next to a friend who I know I can whisper comments to without making too much of a commotion. I’ve been told to shut up a few times, and I usually go silent if I seem to actually disturb someone that much.

    When I went to the theater to watch PA3, when we were sitting down, a group of teens sat down near the front (far from us, thank god >_<) and a girl said "You guys, I'm gonna like scream, okay?" and we were like…. *simultaneous facepalm* . Generally though, only cell phone use and putting feet on someone's seat back truly irritates me in movie theaters.

    I think the audience can really add to the movie experiense, too. For example, when we went to watch Inglourious Basterds, after the explosion scene near the end, when all the noisy fx went down, a single person clapping in the theater of 700+ people was heard. THE ENTIRE AUDIENCE CRACKED UP. It was brilliant.