Based in 1988 and shown through a series of VHS tapes, Paranormal activity 3 is a prequel to its predecessors. The movie revolves around a young family and the strange happenings within the family home. The connection between the events in the house and the seemly innocent arrival of the youngest daughters invisible friend, Toby, soon unfold.
Written by Oren Peli, who brought us Paranormal activity and this years earlier box office hit, Insidious. Oren doesn’t bring much new to the table with Paranormal activity 3, essentially it’s the same scares and slick camera tricks, what I would say is that they have taken this successful formula, refined and polished it. The film effectively builds suspense throughout which winds up the viewers nerves before splintering them with a succession of jumps and frights. With the most likable cast so far, significantly better acting and a much needed dose of humour, this makes an excellent addition to the series. The attention to detail and 80s memorabilia is noteworthy, the much loved Teddy Ruxpin bear is a gentle wink to 80’s children watching the movie as adults.
At 84 minutes, the movie is short by any standards, with the last fifteen minutes or so, attempting to address some unanswered questions and add some weight to the plot, unfortunately, its obvious, unremarkable and a little messy. The ending feels like its focusing far too much setting up the inevitable fourth sequel rather than wrapping up the third. The strong body of the movie is lessened by a weaker ending. However, overall Paranormal Activity 3 is a decent film, it does exactly what it says on the tin and is notably better than Paranormal Activity 2.
Our Rating: 6.5 / 10