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Ask Movie Slate - Halloween 2016 - Paranormal Activity (all of them).

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This one was a real tooth ache of an update to work on. Not only did I have a limited amount of time to work on it, but I also decided to make it animated (which you can check on Movie Slate's blog). It was easy and fine the first three pictures, but towards the end things got glitchy, overloaded, and needlessly complicated. This was a consequence of me going too over-ambitious with it. Originally none of the pictures for Halloween were going to be animated, but then I had the brilliant fucking idea of adding the blinking red spot to indicate the camera was recording. Needless to say, I feel a bit like an idiot, as I don't know if it was really worth it. I shall let you guys decide. I'm glad I managed to finish these right on time, in fact with some spare time to work on other pictures and projects. Next year I'm doing these Halloween pictures in July.

I know I'm really late to the Paranormal Activity party, so you can take my opinions on the movies as those of a guy who wasn't as invested in the series as everyone else. It's kind of loopy to consider that the combined budgets for all these six movies barely reach $20 million, yet their box office combined is well over $800 million. It's kind of insane how many people have been seeing these movies over the years, despite all of them having very much the same premise (though you can see the box office of each movie dwindle and getting smaller after every sequel). So below these lines you can find my short reviews of each of these movies, as well as a rating for each one of them.

- Paranormal Activity: The one that started it all. I wasn't as blown away by it as everyone else was, but it helps that the characters of Micah and Katie are actually quite likable and their performances still come across as very natural and unscripted. It has a slow boil, but like all good slow boils it eases you into a sense of safety before putting the lid on you. Still a pretty good horror movie, and a successful experiment. I rate it:
:ghost: :ghost: :ghost: :ghost:

- Paranormal Activity 2: This one did bring the security cameras gimmick to the mix, allowing the audience to see more than just one angle of the house other than the bedroom. They do give a proper explanation as to why they decide to install those cameras (some thieves break in or maybe it was Katie or whatever) but it feels a bit forced and the gimmick overstays its welcome. It made for a more energetic set up, however. Also some people find the family annoying. I had no problem with them, except for the father. He's one of the most dense motherfuckers in this franchise. I rate it: :ghost: :ghost: :ghost: 

- Paranormal Activity 3: My personal favorite of the whole series. This one is a prequel and takes place all the way back in 1988, showing Katie's family. This one introduced the concept of the rotating camera, which gives for a good couple of nerve-wracking moments. It's used really cleverly as it relies on revealing the scare slowly instead of throwing it at you. Also I think this has the best acting of the whole series, especially when it comes to the kids. They act and behave like real children instead of puppets sanctioned by the studio. I rate it: :ghost: :ghost: :ghost: :ghost: 

- Paranormal Activity 4: This one pissed me off quite a bit, because I made the mistake of thinking "why does every room in the house has a laptop with an HD camera?" That's when things fell apart for me. The second movie pushed it a bit too much with the security cameras, but this one brought the concept into the realm of science fiction. It wasn't as scary as the other ones, and if the second film had one annoying character this movie is just plagued of them. Especially the kids. I don't know what happened that, from this movie onward, the child acting became just utter shit. The only cool thing this movie has is the use of the Kinect that makes invisible figures visible. But besides that it's just a complete waste. I rate it: :ghost:

- Paranormal Activity, The Marked Ones: This movie is just stupid. Do you want to know how stupid it is? It ends with the main characters teaming up with some gangsters in their neighborhood and them going armed with shotguns and shooting witches down. That is until the guy holding the camera walks through a portal that takes him to the end of the first movie. This is the point where the Paranormal Activity series was dropping its "found footage" premise, but since it doesn't go all the way through I can't find myself enjoying it completely. It's a middle of the road mess. I rate it: :ghost:
:ghost:

- Paranormal Activity, The Ghost Dimension: Now this is going all the way bonkers. The one and only (for now) Paranormal Activity movie to be shot in 3D. The premise is actually both fun and nuts at the same time. It takes place in the house that was built over the old house from the third movie, and the characters have a camera that allows them to see the activity. This makes for a lot of entertaining uses of CGI and 3D effects that keep the movie really snappy and enjoyable. It's not scary but it goes by really quick and it's a lot of fun. It sucks though that it has the worst acting of the whole series, with special mention to the children. Thankfully that one gimmick with the camera makes this one feel better than the previous two. I rate it: :ghost: :ghost: :ghost: 

And now I shall leave you with a couple of topics I encourage you to discuss in the comments of this comic. What do you guys think of the Paranormal Activity movies? Do you think they drove the concept of found footage movies into the ground and that's why people currently sneer at them?

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Maverickwolfzx Featured By Owner Nov 10, 2016
1 2 3... 6 movies!? Wow, they did not waste time to get the last drop of juice to the franchise.
Yeah, 
I already remember the stupidity of the portal.
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jamescorck Featured By Owner Nov 24, 2016  Professional Digital Artist
They really didn't, but it's ridiculous. Thankfully this means we've seen the last of this series...

>_>;

...why is it so cold all of a sudden?
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xuncu Featured By Owner Nov 4, 2016  Student General Artist
I hated the first movie by the third act, and the hype train derailed pretty quickly for the second, and as you saw; downhill from there.
I've rather grown to dislike the 'character cameraman character' trope: since they don't get a lot of screentime, they earn their paycheck with NEVER SHUTTING THE FUCK UP. Particulalry Micah or whatever his name was: ended up hating him, wishing he ended up in "Human Centipede' instead because fuck him. As for the scares themselves, I had mentioned the third act, because by then I was able to cue, by hand, which were the fake-outs and when the jump-scares would appear (think I ruined the movie for the people next to me, just by gesturing).
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jamescorck Featured By Owner Nov 24, 2016  Professional Digital Artist
I never liked Micah. It's weird since we're meant to like and care for him and Katie, but I didn't give much of a shit for them. I cared more about the mystery than anything else. Paranormal Activity is not exactly a movie series you go to if you like characters or character-based stories.
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AJR001 Featured By Owner Nov 1, 2016
I know right, at least that spirit had the right idea.... :XD:
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jamescorck Featured By Owner Nov 3, 2016  Professional Digital Artist
It's all about closing doors. Silly humans leaving them open all the time.
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JustJoeKing Featured By Owner Nov 1, 2016
O_o...... if you're gonna hop in mah body, send me after Pinkie first.... no reason.....
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jamescorck Featured By Owner Nov 3, 2016  Professional Digital Artist
He'll hop from pone to pone until it doesn't know who he is.
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JustJoeKing Featured By Owner Nov 3, 2016
Eh, that's fine. Ah just wanna get even with Pink Pong. XD..... she got it comin....
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jamescorck Featured By Owner Nov 24, 2016  Professional Digital Artist
She better, that pone likes cream too much.
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JustJoeKing Featured By Owner Nov 24, 2016
Hehe, she's gonna get creamed, alright. >8).... no, wait! Not like that!! I mean I'll be crossin her off mah hitlist soon!
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:iconjamescorck:
jamescorck Featured By Owner Nov 25, 2016  Professional Digital Artist
Damn right you're gonna hit that.
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JustJoeKing Featured By Owner Nov 25, 2016
>8(.....

Joe: 0     James: 1
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Irish-John Featured By Owner Nov 1, 2016
Is that last line a movie reference, or am I missing something? 
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jamescorck Featured By Owner Nov 3, 2016  Professional Digital Artist
It really isn't, but it makes me happy that you think it is.

The one saying that to Movie Slate is the Death Pony from last year's Halloween event. He's lurking around since he was unable to go back to his movie, "The Seventh Seal". Yes, that pony is actually Death from the movie "The Seventh Seal". He really can't kill anyone, because he's a character from a movie, but he can still look spooky and really serious.
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Irish-John Featured By Owner Nov 3, 2016
Ah, neat.
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TimoW Featured By Owner Nov 1, 2016  Student Digital Artist
Paranormal Activity Equestria. ...
Now there's a movie I'd watch.
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jamescorck Featured By Owner Nov 3, 2016  Professional Digital Artist
That's a movie I'd watch in a heartbeat.

Hell, Blumhouse Productions has worked with Hasbro and All Spark Pictures before (on the Jem and the Holograms movie), so a Paranormal Activity Equestria is not outside the realm of possibility.
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tigreanpony Featured By Owner Nov 1, 2016
Very nicely done.
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jamescorck Featured By Owner Nov 3, 2016  Professional Digital Artist
Thanks a lot!
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Daiskida Featured By Owner Nov 1, 2016
I dunno why, bu the Marked ones are my fav ones, just because of the shotgun using gangsters. I dunno, I just loved this entire aspect of how these guys bust out shotguns and just go around shooting witches like it was some grindhouse movie XD
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jamescorck Featured By Owner Nov 3, 2016  Professional Digital Artist
The Marked Ones was a welcome breach from the norm, from not taking place inside a suburban house in the middle of a posh neighborhood, to the shotgunning witches at the end. I just didn't find the characters that likable or interesting. The main character is downright punchable.
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Daiskida Featured By Owner Nov 3, 2016
Honestly, I'd say them rolling up on those witches was the only good part, because yeah the main character is so annoying you wanna use him as a crash test dummy. Quite frankly, I nearly fell asleep at that movie like three times.
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jamescorck Featured By Owner Nov 3, 2016  Professional Digital Artist
I think I've managed to get through some of the movies I review because I'm working while I'm watching them, so my endurance for "bad" movies is partially thanks to that.
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Daiskida Featured By Owner Nov 3, 2016
Oh really? Would your endurance be able to get you trough something like Turkish Star Wars?
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jamescorck Featured By Owner Nov 3, 2016  Professional Digital Artist
I've seen Turkish Star Wars, without being distracted, and Turkish Superman. And Turkish Rambo.

They are fucking horrible.
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Daiskida Featured By Owner Nov 3, 2016
Oh no, you haven't seen something that is worth the status of "horrible" my fine equine friend. That status is reserved for a little movie called "After Last Season"
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jamescorck Featured By Owner Nov 24, 2016  Professional Digital Artist
I've heard of that movie. I have yet to find an online store that sells it and ships it to Spain.
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MrSpanyard Featured By Owner Oct 31, 2016
Very nice portrayal of the movies with the camera. The spirit out-gambit the protagonists and the mysterious environment were the favorites elements for me.
And as always, superb art.
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jamescorck Featured By Owner Nov 3, 2016  Professional Digital Artist
Thank you!

The Paranormal Activity movies work well when it's either suspense and slow build up, or insane super crazy phenomena being caught on tape. It sucks not all movies do this sort of thing.
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MrSpanyard Featured By Owner Nov 4, 2016
If all the movies do that, the "good" ones would be "average", don't you think?
But even if this kind of footage, with a static or rotatory camera does make you part of the movie, pretty much like a security guard a la FNaF or a third party, doesn't make you much involved like others such as REC, where the viewer is totally part of the movie almost like another actor.
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jamescorck Featured By Owner Nov 24, 2016  Professional Digital Artist
That's the problem with many found footage movies nowadays (if not all of them). That's why it's better to judge them among themselves, rather than in general. What I'm saying is that on their own they are easy to rate, but when compared to movies like "The Exorcist", "Silence of the Lambs" or "Alien" they don't hold up very well.

Paranormal Activity has become the FNAF of the movie world, interestingly enough. If they ever make that FNAF movie it should be found footage. I don't see it working as anything else. Also the reason why ".Rec" works is because the cinematography, camera work and lighting worked to the point that the camera itself becomes a character. That's why it's such an involving movie, since even the P.O.V. has character.
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