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Want PARANORMAL ACTIVITY 3 to premiere in your city? Capone tells you how to make that happen! Plus, an exclusive clip from the film!!!

Hey everyone. Capone in Chicago here.

Late last week, I got what might be the strangest package I've ever received in the mail. Some of you may have heard that these packages started dropping in the mail boxes of certain geek-friendly, genre-centric editors, but at the time, I was baffled by the fairly large package that I received. After ripping off about a mile-and-half of tape from the outside box, I found two items inside: a VCR and a padded envelope containing a single videotape with a label on the spine that read "September 1988." When I saw this, I had a pretty good idea what this was, and I smiled a big-old Cheshire Cat smile.

I popped the tape in, hit Play, and witnessed THIS SHORT CLIP (keep a close eye on the slightly ajar door in the background).

A few other similar, somewhat violent clips have been posted on other sites in the last few days, and now this pops up, obviously all a clever promotional event for PARANORMAL ACTIVITY 3, which played a couple times at Fantastic Fest, and is set to premiere in 20 cities beginning October 18. I may land in the minority here, but I find these films scary as hell the first time I watch them. I'm not sure they hold up to repeat viewings (only the best horror movies do), but I'll be damned if the first two didn't have me in full-on terror mode. And clearly audiences feel the same way (although I'm sure horror sophisticates likes yourself aren't even a little bit scared), because these movies have made a killing at the box office year after year.

I also like the idea that the PARANORMAL ACTIVITY movies keep going back. We have lived in video-documenting age since the early 1980s, so why not acknowledge that? It was established in the first film that sisters Katie and Kristi have been taunted by these nasty forces since they were little girls, and I love the idea that we're going to get to see exactly what happened to them.

And so you may ask, which 20 cities will PA3 premiere in? Well, that's kind of up to you. Similar to the Demand It campaign from PA2, Paramount has set up where fans can go, find their city (from the "Who's Winning" drop-down menu on the right), and click Tweet. The 20 cities with the most tweeting fans get the premieres on October 18. I'm happy to see Chicago in the Top 10, but I'd like to see some of my fellow Windy City residents push us at least into the Top 5; I'd hate to see us lose to Jakarta. Do it because our new mayor demands it…at least that's what I heard.

Is this an elaborate stunt to get people talking and tweeting about PARANORMAL ACTIVITY 3? You bet. But I love that this kind of "event" push is for a scare film that might actually be scary. The contest ends at 11:59pm PDT on Thursday, October 13, with the winning cities announced the following day, so start voting, y'all.

-- Capone
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  • Oct. 3, 2011, 11:17 p.m. CST

    Can't wait! I loved the first two films...

    by Uopap

  • Oct. 3, 2011, 11:24 p.m. CST

    pretty cool

    by Jubba

    but i HATE the people who go to these movies and laugh as loud as they can during a "scary" scene...either because they were scared and want to overcompensate by showing how not scared they were, or because they don't get into the movie and want to show other people how stupid they think the film is. if this sounds like you, please...shut up and let others experience the movie without you ruining it.

  • Not that these are insanely scary, but I saw the first one in the theater and any tension was filled with morons overcompensating to say "i aint scared i aint scared" type shit. This makes most horror films hard to watch in a theater, but especially these Paranormal ones because there's no musical sound track to drown em out.

  • Oct. 4, 2011, 12:02 a.m. CST

    the movies are overrated

    by Titus05

    yeah they have a few good jumps/scares in them but the movies as a whole don't add up to an enjoyable experience...and like Capone said it doesn't hold up to repeated viewings...PA2 never should have continued the story, instead they should have made it a standalone movie...the whole sisters being possessed story was lame and felt like they ripped off the video game F.E.A.R or was another attempt at The Ring

  • Oct. 4, 2011, 12:04 a.m. CST


    by 3rdrate

    Are you serious?? This is the pathetic attempt to create a viral campaign, by having fans decide which 20 cities it will premiere in??? I'm really glad PA has taken away the October market from saw...but not THAT glad.

  • Oct. 4, 2011, 12:30 a.m. CST

    No! Keep This Movie Out of my City!!!

    by ass clown

    I don't want to support shitty handheld horror films. It is my hope and dream that Paranormal Activity 3 will tank and put an end to this dog shit franchise that just makes me want to vomit my gizzards out. I paid to see the first two movies in this franchise and i feel it is my responsibility to make a living amends for my error by pushing a heavy boycott on this film and dedicating my time to bash the living he'll out of this franchise. Amen.

  • Oct. 4, 2011, 1:06 a.m. CST

    I agree about the audiences.

    by gotilk

    But I did notice that in Southern California, audiences are MUCH louder and much more aggressively attention-seeking. It is just constant. That and talking on the phone, texting/tweeting, getting up and down, conversing with each other at normal levels instead of even attempting to quiet it down a little. I've seen people try to make it a race thing, but that's bullshit. It's more of a cultural thing. Plenty of white people, Mexicans doing it. In Northern California, (not the bay area) it's not as bad. By a huge amount. There have been a few Friday/Saturday night exceptions for certain types of films, but it's really not as bad here. These films, for me, are hugely entertaining to watch at home actually. Pretty scary in a dark room, alone. They build mood cleverly and deliver on the scares and VERY creepy, chill-inducing moments.The subtleties are the best. That one thing in the corner, in the shadows, that you almost miss. That thing that shouldn't be there, or is just slightly off, or wrong in some way. I love that stuff. I can see it getting old though if they don't find something new to do with it.

  • Oct. 4, 2011, 1:07 a.m. CST


    by gotilk

    having said all that, I really do want more real, R rated horror again.

  • I was rather bored after the 1st one...Don't care about it anymore.... But by all means if that sissy shit scared you frolic away

  • Oct. 4, 2011, 2:13 a.m. CST

    frolic I meant...

    by darthSaul666

  • Oct. 4, 2011, 2:15 a.m. CST

    I thought Poltergeist was a way better version...

    by darthSaul666

  • That's what eats shit. All this trouble to possess and enter our world- then just kill 2 people. Could have gone on a norwegian killing spree in the husband's body alone. Stupid fuckin demon

  • There are true artists out there that can't get their foot in a door yet this trash gets made repeatedly. FUCK THAT!

  • Oct. 4, 2011, 8:56 a.m. CST

    Where Can I Vote To NOT Have It Show In My Town???

    by Graphix67

    The Paranormal franchise has obviously replaced the SAW franchise and we can now expect yearly sequels for the better part of the next decade... *GROAN*...

  • Oct. 4, 2011, 12:27 p.m. CST

    I'd rather listen to Justin Bieber sing smells like teen spirit.

    by Arkhaminmate001

  • Oct. 4, 2011, 12:28 p.m. CST

    That would be A HORROR!!

    by Arkhaminmate001

  • Oct. 4, 2011, 1:09 p.m. CST


    by frank

    All race things are actually culture things.

  • Oct. 4, 2011, 6:23 p.m. CST

    This might change after I see it...

    by Canuck815

    but doesn't it seem kind of weird that they've gone a totally different route with the 'demon' or whatever? In the first one they made it seem like some horned hellbeast, and now it's apparently just a dark shadowy person standing in doors (Bloody Mary?). Weird.

  • Oct. 4, 2011, 6:28 p.m. CST

    Saw the first one in Seattle -Best experience ever!

    by LoLWut

    So yeah when I went to see this it was only playing in like 20 cities, this was back when they where trying to gauge if they wanted a wide release. Needless to say that ALL the people in the theater we went and saw it at ALL wanted to be scared,there was no talking, no laughing. It was literally the perfect horror movie experience I have ever had. That first movie gave me that feeling I haven't felt since I was a kid and discovered scary movies,I am glad I got to see this with like minded people and didn't have it ruined by fratboys and g-bangers ( the following weekend that is what happened, I guess word of mouth does that...but that last 20mins even the most vocal asshat was sitting in silence and the shit hit the fan) I am sure I will see this in the theater but I KNOW it is going to be ruined by the aformentioned asshats.I almost do want to wait till it goes to Blu-ray and watch it at home where I can scare myself.

  • Oct. 4, 2011, 6:33 p.m. CST

    Please, stop

    by TimM

    How many people video tape themselves sleeping. Alone. How many times will an ajar door be "scary" because of the deep bass rumbling sound alone? Stop. Two was enough. Really.

  • Oct. 4, 2011, 11:43 p.m. CST

    Where do I vote to STOP this crap from hitting my city?

    by onezeroone


  • Oct. 5, 2011, 11:34 a.m. CST

    At least Myka won't be in this one