Set in 1988, we go back in time to see the events mentioned and
explored in the first two Paranormal Activity movies. Kristi
(Jessica Tyler Brown) and Katie (Chloe Csengery) are little girls
living with their mother, Julie (Lauren Bittner), and her boyfriend,
Dennis (Christopher Nicholas Smith). Things start going bump in the
night, and the girls have been talking to an imaginary friend, so
Dennis, who videotapes weddings for a living, decides to set up some
cameras around the house to capture whatever might be trying to reach
out to the family from the other side.
What is it?
What does it want?
Directors Henry Joost and Ariel Schulman didn't invent the Paranormal
Activity formula, but they sure do spice it up! Unlike Paranormal
Activity 2, the audience doesn't have to wait until the last 20
minutes for all of the action to kick in. Paranormal Activity 3
has a much better pace with the scares coming earlier and more often.
Sadly, I have to admit, I only saw 80% of the movie, because I was
hiding my eyes for the other 20%.
Joost and Schulman have the audience on the edge of our seats pretty
much every moment in the film, and tease and taunt us mercilessly with
all sorts of strange images and shocking appearances by the
unexplained. In one of the most brilliant uses of a camera I have ever
seen, they put one on an oscillating fan, which moves back and forth,
making the audience worry what is going to be on screen when the camera
comes back to the side where it was just a few moments ago. AWESOME!
Like the previous movies, this one is not all that concerned with
advancing a story or teaching us more about the characters, but Paranormal
Activity 3 delivers the gut punching frights, especially as we
worry about the two cutest little girls you have ever seen in a horror
movie. However, I was shocked at how many scenes promoted in the
trailers were cut out of the movie.
Paranormal Activity 3 is rated R for some
violence, language, brief sexuality and drug use.