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.
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. ;-)
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:
Paranormal Activity 3 is now in theaters.