Paranormal Activity 3 (2011)

scaryjump scares
dislocations/exposure of broken bonesnone
Bechdel-Wallace testpassed
X was the real YIt turns out that cults were the real ghosts all along

[Ed: Everything I'm saying here applies to 2 and 3, but not 1]

I have completely turned around on this series. The plot is still very by-the-numbers, but thanks to solid acting and brave cinematography, these movies are so much more.

The diegetic cameras add so much to the tone and to the suspense. It justifies action happening off-screen, and really puts you into the position of the characters.

Furthermore, thanks to intelligent cuts, I found myself watching with an intensity and attention that I rarely give movies. 2 and 3 succeed in doing this while having their own unique camera styles.

Speaking of which, 3 has one camera shot it employs that is amazing. Amazing. And it's not a gimmick, it really works.

There are more and fancier special effects, and they build on previous story on this one, but I can't imagine that's what people are actually here for.

Anyway, go watch these three movies. I don't have a lot to say in favour of 1 but 2 and 3 make it more than worthwhile.