We recently heard the news that 'Paranormal Activity 3' has claimed itself a release date for October 21st, 2011, and that's not a huge surprise, especially with the 'Saw' series taking a hiatus for a while. But on behalf of all the old-school horror freaks, we're here to offer a few reminders of the problems that can often afflict a Horror Flick Part 3.
'Friday the 13th Part 3' (1983) -- Not that the first two were any sort of Hitchcockian masterpieces ... although they do look like it in relation to this outlandishly tacky, cheap-looking sequel that upped the body count but lowered the creepiness factor tenfold. Plus, yes, this was one of the myriad horror sequels that took to the early-'80s 3-D resurgence and suffered mightily for it. Try not to chuckle out loud when this flick tries to toss an eyeball, an arrow, or a joint directly into your face. (Lesson learned: don't shoot horror like it's porn, and stay away from 3-D.)
'Hellraiser 3: Hell on Earth' (1992) -- This one's actually not bad; we're using it as a warning, though: go any further with the 'Hellraiser' franchise then the first three films and you're simply wasting life hours. Yes, Doug Bradley is always cool as Pinhead, but from Part 4 onward, his presence is fairly pointless. (Ha, get it?) And there are about 45 of these lame sequels, so be careful. (Lesson learned: quit while you're ahead.)