Welcome to “Trailer Park,” our regular Friday feature where we collect the week’s new trailers all in one place and do a little “judging a book by its cover,” ranking them from worst to best and taking our best guess at what they may be hiding. This week, we’ve only got six new ones — perhaps due to last week’s trailer overload — but there are two very big superheroes among them. Check ‘em all out after the jump.
Paranormal Activity 3
2009’s Paranormal Activity was a a taut, nerve-jangling thriller, genuinely skillful and intelligent. But it made over $100 million, so of course no one could leave well enough alone — that’s sequel money, so we got last year’s flaccid and utterly unnecessary Paranormal Activity 2, which was like a cover version, played by a band that barely knows the chords, much less how to play them with any flair. But that one made a mint too, so here we are again with the third in the series. Now, those complaints aired, there are a couple of reasons to be intrigued by this installment. First, the directorial reins have been handed over to Henry Joost and Ariel Schulman, who did last year’s controversial documentary (or is it?) Catfish; in that film, they exhibited real skill at massaging tension and uneasiness within a style that they’ll be creating from scratch here. And we must admit that the idea of going clear back to the main characters’ childhoods (nice 1988 date-and-time burn-in) has some potential. But even allowing those possibilities, this series’ playbook is getting mighty stale.