Genre: Horror, supernatural, found footage
Running Time: 1 Hour 26 Minutes
Director: Henry Joost, Ariel Schulman
Cast: Chloe Cserngey, Jessica Tyler Brown, Brian Boland, Lauren Bittner
Synopsis: “In 1988, young sisters Katie and Kristi befriend an invisible entity who resides in their home” (IMDB).
Verdict: Paranormal Activity 3 has some really smart new tricks incorporated with the old ones from its predecessors. By skipping nights and fast forwarding the tapes, the build-up is faster than the previous installments, delivering more thrilling scares and torturously slow and unsettling scenes. However, the ending is as unsatisfying as Paranormal Activity 2 and there are some question marks on the plot and purpose of the film.
Why oh why (again)? [SPOILER BEGINS HERE] In the movie, Tobi is a strong ghost that can touch people whenever he wishes to so why can’t he just kill Dennis (Christopher Nicholas Smith) and Julie (Lauren Bittner) from the beginning and grab the sisters straight to the grandmother? Instead, he does all those typical ghost stuffs for days and nights in the house just to make Kristi (Jessica Tyler Brown) ask her mum to bring them to the their grandma’s, which ultimately doesn’t work [SPOILER ENDS HERE].
Different from the trailer? Yes, there are indeed 5 scenes shown on the trailer that are missing from the actual film. It’s a smart move to not give the viewers what they were expecting. Besides, the scenes wouldn’t had tallied with the storyline anyway.
Carrying the camera every where: It’s really dumb if you think about it. Who the heck would still bother carrying a camera in those situations?
Another installment? It probably wouldn’t be a good idea because I believe it’d turn out quite repetitive.
Rating: 3.5 / 5
Girlfriend’s opinion: “It made me feel like watching the first and second film.”